This past week I have had the privilege and opportunity of networking with a wide variety of folks from different parts of the U.S. and some from outside the U.S. as well.
I would say it was one of the best weeks I have spent doing some serious learning while at the same time doing some serious networking.
At the end of the day, people everywhere are the same. They are dedicated, simple and serious about their pursuits. They like to network, they like to learn from others. They are sincere in most everything they are doing.
I met a great group of folks who hailed from various parts of the U.S. and we had a great time. Some of these same folks continue into next week’s program, yielding more opportunity to network and learn from each other.
We talked a lot about U.S. politics, unemployment statistics, Afghanistan War, the imminent fiscal cliff facing the U.S., about our business activities in general, and various global affairs. But one thing we did consistently was “laugh” – yes there was a plethora of jokes pouring out from several guys which made all of us laugh heartily.
I think it is important to relax in the evenings, not just with a drink and chat, but to also loosen up a bit, let the guard down and laugh a lot. Apart from the health benefits of laughing, it also mentally and physically relaxes us. The ability to make people laugh, or even the ability to just laugh, is unfortunately, rather limited in this world. Some people mistake laughter as an excuse not to ponder over the more serious matters of business and life.
Nothing can be farther from the truth.
Just to even get an analytical capability to do something important for your own business depends on one’s ability to relax the mind, open it up a bit, and think rigorously. Such a process is facilitated enormously by being able to laugh at oneself and at others. If, as a team, all the members of a team are able to relax and joke about worldly matters, they can also achieve productivity enhancements working on a business problem together.
Well, at the end of the day, it was most enjoyable working with various cultures and people with different insights. It is amazing how a team can interconnect so well, having worked during the week on business problems together.
Here is a toast to the team – raise your glasses !
8th December 2012