How do you feel when you are connected to caring people, stimulating ideas and uplifting thoughts? How do you feel when you are connected to yourself, noticing when you might be sad or excited, nervous or energized?
At the core of WIN is the idea of connecting to flourish and of seeing ourselves as part of the interconnected web of life. We stand for and with each other, creating space for each of us to grow into the best version of ourselves and pioneer new ways of living, working and leading. We see a network as a ‘working net’, a net to both nurture and to lean on.
How you do all that you do matters, and what radiates from you sends a message. It is in how we connect and how we cultivate our relationships that we find out who we really are. That can rarely be found in isolation. The how, the consciousness you put into what you do, is what creates high quality relationships.
In addition to your knowledge and self-awareness, who you know and who knows you is crucial too. The so-called Brand You is developed over time. In the interconnected web that we belong to, our reputation and credibility is of the highest value.
Our networking is balanced – both feminine and the masculine principles apply.
Perhaps the most joyful ones that allow you to be in flow are the feminine principles. These are the principles of being, attracting and allowing synchronicity. Who you are and how you do what you do calls in the people you can be of service to, people who support you to grow and bring your projects to fruition. Doing so requests your mindfulness, your connection to your body and your senses to catch the subtle signs along the way. It requests creativity and opens you to unexpected solutions.
Then there is networking via the masculine principles, which can be important too. It is the strategic way, where one sets goals and goes out to meet those believed to be useful. It is the traditional way in business and has limits. Focusing on what you have predesigned and set your mind on in advance can leave you less open to magic and synchronicity.
A mix of the two can create a powerful third force, your personal mix.
In order to succeed, we must build bridges, catch and release your judgements, grow together, put yourself in the shoes of others, set boundaries, create win-win-wins and pursue a common vision.
Over the years, I have run hundreds of workshops on the topic and it now has renewed interest. We want to network again and to do so consciously. The way we meet has completely changed across the past year. We must ask how we can build and nurture relationships, and network with pleasure, passion and purpose in the new way - mostly online. On our life journeys, we give and receive, we set goals and we attract. And just as we keep our focus, we stay open to humbly listen for what comes our way.
Could today be a day to expand your network?
Why not reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a while, someone a bit different, someone who can expand your mind, excite your belly and touch your heart – someone that you can inspire, that can inspire you, and that you can learn and grow with – someone you can work with and learn something new from?
Networking is no longer an exchange of advantages, it is also an exchange of wellbeing, of holding space, of acceptance, of inspiration and of uplifting each other to live fully and contribute where we are most needed. And of course, it is about doing business together – with purpose and with joy.
Here’s to connecting to flourish.