‘Tis the Season…for Reflection
The holiday season is often the busiest time of the year. More to do. More people to see. Business doesn’t stop, but who has time for work? In addition to time spent with family and close friends, this is a great time to reflect on those in your extended networks.
Have you made the most of every new introduction? Have you effectively branched out and widened your sphere of influence? If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to evaluate your networks by doing the following:
Consider how you believe others see you.
Remember, we tend to judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions. You know when you mean well, but others may have a different take. Perhaps it’s worth asking a few in your circle for their perspective to address any gaps between intention and observation.
Think about the resources you have to offer others.
They may be too timid to ask, so be prepared to offer your help. It may be as simple as offering to make an introduction between two parties you think could be of mutual benefit to one another. Just remember to clear it with both parties before making the introduction, even a virtual one.
Make time to show people they truly matter.
After all, relationships—all relationships—take work. The most precious and limited resource we have is our time. The holidays are a great time for an email, a text, an old-fashioned card, or an actual phone call.
It’s our responsibility to take the initiative and do what we can to maintain strong relationships. At Vipor, we not only have a mission statement, we also have a relationship statement: People matter. This is true whether they are in your business or personal networks or merely those who look after us like retail store clerks, service industry professionals, and receptionists.
At the end of the day, it’s the perspective of others that will determine how successful you will be with them—in your career, and in life overall. Now that’s reason enough to reflect on relationships this season!
Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays,
From Mike the entire Vipor team
CEO & Co-Founder