Abundant Networks: 365ideas4change Number 70

The importance of having a network has been very thoroughly in my consciousness recently. Not the see-you-over-a-cocktail at 6 kind of network, but a network of co-operators. In my old age – a.k.a. wisdom of years – I’ve let go of the belief (sort of) that I can do it all. We can all do a lot, but do we need to do it all?

There is a fair amount of literature that talks to the different ‘types’ of people needed to get things done. There’s the ideas person, the details person, the implementer, the deal closer, the analyst, and many more depending on your vocabulary and perspective. There’s a cliché about the art of powerful leadership being to have a team that can do everything you can’t!

How does this work for entrepreneurs, or the one-person business? In South Africa, entrepreneurial endeavours are crucial to the success of the economy. Cooperative networking is critical to support entrepreneurs. Perhaps every successful entrepreneur could mentor a budding entrepreneur? Perhaps every one-person business could find another one-person business just to share ideas? If we all do this with an abundance mentality, there will be enough for everyone.

About Julie Courtnage

With training in environmental science, I facilitate 'naked conversations' about sustainable wellbeing. Using facilitation techniques, systems thinking, art, music, writing, movement and photography, we explore the active creation of our uniqueness - personal and collective, as individuals, organisations and society - and our relationships with others, with sustainable wellbeing, and with genuine happiness. This journey of creation is a journey of Love. And fun.
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