Month: August 2014

How many people do you have a relationship with?

Connection Nodes

As we go about our business we like to think that we have a small but select group of people in our network.

How wrong could we be as we think further out everyone knows more people than we think.

Take a look at the network connections chart above you will be shocked to know that even if we try really hard and like to think that we get to know most people we come in contact with look at the numbers in a room of 30 people (normal for a Chamber or Breakfast event) we will talk to about 4 or 5 but if we do the calculations there are 435 relationships we could have but don’t. Why is that?

Going it alone…

With all the talk about Scotland and going it alone the question of can she or can’t she go it alone.
Now any fool knows that of course you can go it alone and of course you too will have the benefit of living or dying by your own decisions – whether they be poor ones or brilliant ones.
The question is really that is this a good thing to do? I really mean is it a good thing for Scotland or in fact any nascent country or any group to “go it alone” how does the Tom & Barbara scenario pan out for anyone else.
Great idea! but history tells us that self sufficiency is usually macro-economically disastrous. You can do everything yourself; but do you really want to. Should we all return to doing everything ourselves from killing the pig for breakfast baps to basket weaving or collecting gallons of urine to make soap or maybe we would be happier just popping down to the supermarket and buying something that someone else – who I may say really is far better at it – for example Proctor and Gamble have made a massive global empire just from taking the piss…
So I would encourage anyone who is wanting to become self sufficient to think of the alternative. This should be “outsourcingnot becoming a “Jack of All Trades” but focussing on your few core skills and creating a niche of excellence and getting paidanf handsomely for it then finding someone else to do the stuff you are not so good at and probably don’t enjoy anyway.
So Scotland take note of course you can become independent but do you really really want to…
As I say to any person wanting to set up in business for themselves it is much better to be in control than not but then not everyone is born to be in control and be comfortable with it.

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