Intellectual and social currency is greater than financial currency are the wise words of Andy Lopata.
Connections are the centrepiece of success and we must build a network that we can trust.
Creating connected leadership means you will exchange favours with connected minds. Give before you take and most importantly “Give without remembering…”
Keith Ferrazzi describes it as trading up and giving back, his book “Never eat alone” – build it before you need it and never forget the gatekeepers.
We must be known for the right reasons, what do you want people to say about you. How do you want to be remembered and what shadow do you cast after every single encounter. What do people say about you when you are not in the room?
Are you honest with your network, do you ever appear vulnerable and do you have a diverse enough network to support you. The individual conversations and the uniqueness of you will create an authentic group that you can trust.
Trust underpins relationships and once that foundation stone is in place you can build up.
If you do a favour for your network, do it without knowing the return. Any conditions you will remember and it will tarnish the gift.
Give without remembering…
Andy Lopata http://www.lopata.co.uk
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