Networking? It is leadership. Some of the best connected network creators I know have never been managers, but they all have been leaders.
90% of opportunity is seized, 10% is granted.
So who decides where you go for lunch? In a group of 10, 8 people will meekly suggest a restaurant, one person will call for a vote, and one will decide where to go without a vote. How does that one person get the whole group to follow her?
- She makes decisions that are desired by other natural leaders of the group.
- She finds out who has a strong bias against her decision and deals with it.
- Occasionally she goes somewhere she doesn’t like, to please others.
- She pulls or pushes people out the door to get them moving.
It is not just a matter of having a strong personality. It isn’t just being decisive or insistent. Seizing opportunity requires a decision you really care about, dealing with all opposition, and getting people moving.
To seize opportunity you have to care, move yourself and move others.
Something To Do Today
Take the lead or watch a leader take charge of a group.