Are You Going It Alone?

26 Mar



I love meeting new people and finding out who they are and what they are working on. If you think about how your most important relationships began with business partners, your spouse, with friends and mentors, the stories will almost always involve a chance meetings. My curiosity about others and ability to connect with people have helped me to succeed — after all, if people don’t know who you are, they are not going to do business with you.


Many people think that an entrepreneur is someone who operates alone, overcoming challenges and bringing her or his idea to market through sheer perseverance and tenacity. The simple truth is that almost no one has ever achieved anything worthwhile without help. To be successful in business, you need to connect, collaborate, and delegate.


Finding ways to meet with people in the real world and build business relationships is becoming ever more important in the digital age. While in some industries it’s possible for employees to limit their communications to email and, if they wish, avoid interacting with colleagues (and their managers), that’s not possible for entrepreneurs, since relationships built on trust are vital to doing business.


Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder turned his personal vision into reality with the help of trusted, talented teams. How did he and his people come up with their ideas and solve the technological and design problems they encountered as they developed new Apple products? By spending time together.  As Steve once said “Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random discussions. You run into someone, you ask what they’re doing, you say ‘Wow,’ and soon you’re cooking up all sorts of ideas.”


If you are a business leader or entrepreneur and you or your team are primarily working from home or locations other than the office, keep watch to make sure that you are collaborating.  You or your employees should not be just a list of email addresses or instant-messaging contacts. If you need to jump-start your team, conferences and outrageous parties can help people get to know each other and find creative solutions to problems.


To achieve your goals, you need to be on the lookout for the opportunity to make connections wherever you go. Welcome chance encounters and opportunities to dream up outlandish plans. The person with the skill set you need to get your new business idea off the ground may be sitting at the next table in your favorite coffee cafe. Go over and say hello.


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