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Connection can give us extra purpose and meaning.

Collaboration with others very often delivers far more benefit than we could deliver ourselves.

In an economic way we can achieve scale, but on a personal level we also get to share our knowledge, see our ideas develop and develop others’ thoughts too.

Connecting is difficult, it takes time to find people or organisations who are willing to collaborate and have similar goals or interests to you. At the next level down, it often feels a lot easier to work by yourself than with others.

So what is the best way to connect?

First, we need to show up fully. We need to commit to seeing how the connection can be made. Without commitment we won’t find the partners we are looking for and will send out signals that we are more interested in our own goals than the shared goals.

Next we need to put our efforts into understanding. We know our own expectations, but how often do we take the time to really listen to what the other party is looking to achieve? Doing this early in the process will pay dividends in the long run.

Finally, we need to give freely. If we understand what the other party is looking for, what do we have that we can share? Giving freely is the best way to receive fully.

However, there is danger in all of this.

We might show up and get rejected.

We might spend a lot of time understanding but the other party might not want to see our point of view.

We might give freely and the other party might just take.

This is where leaders keep going and how the “vital connection is made”.

This post is part of my 60 day blog challenge.