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Your Board of Connectors

May 15, 2016

Amazing Mom
Once a year these moms of children (now adults) with special needs get together to share life hacks –  strategies they use to stay sane in a crazy world. (They also have a great time because they know she who laughs, lasts.)
Their annual retreat got me thinking.
Organizations have Boards of Directors. These gals are Broads of Connectors.
Do you have a circle like this? A place where you can tell the truth about your life – from work to family, faith to doubt, failure to Phoenix rising?
This matters because we suffer from infobesity* yet we’re starving for wisdom. The wisdom that comes from the fierce knowing of who we are because we have a place (a group of advisors, a circle of relentless friends) where we can bring the pieces of our selves that are broken and strong and realize who we have become and are becoming.
This is a business strategy. This is a life hack.
How can you or your business have a Board of Connectors?
There is a plumbing supply store that holds an early morning monthly breakfast meeting for plumbers. The stores owners don’t talk about their store, they let plumbers talk about their businesses and lives. The store provides the platform to connect people who work in isolation – isn’t that true for all of us in some way? Do these plumbers buy their stock from the store? You bet.
The companies and communities that figure out how to provide forums where people can get together, get real and level up this is what’s going on, this is what I now know and this is where I need a hand. That’s the “value-add” companies and communities are looking for so desperately. Just ask Fiskars, the scissor people and their communities of Fiskateers.
Those who connect up, and level up, lead.

*Infobesity was coined by Alvin Toffler in his 1970s book Future Shock. It means too much information. He predicted this state of data drawing fifty years ago. Wild.

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