Earlier this week, I had the pleasure and privilege of speaking with 30 professional women who attended the Executive Women’s Forum at J.H.Cohn. As a life-long student of business, leadership development, human potential and the principles of happiness and success, nothing brings me more joy than sharing some things I’ve enjoyed learning in order to help business leaders get better results.
My remarks were based partially on the work that I’ve done with groups and individuals using the Everything DiSC Workplace assessment and also on the best-selling book “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect,” by John Maxwell, one of my teachers and mentors.
On my desk is the Woman’s Advantage Calendar, which provides a daily inspirational quote by women business owners. On February 1, Avil Beckford of www.theinvisiblementor.com shared this: No one succeeds alone. Relationships are the foundation of a successful business. And then today, Sue Urda of www.powerfulyou.com wrote: Connections are the essence of life.
So, it seems there is a theme for me this week around the ability to make connections as a key critical factor to success in business and in life. Connections are the first step toward building lasting relationships based on trust. And trust, as Stephen M.R. Covey tells us, “ is the one thing that changes everything.”
The discussion with the talented professionals who comprise the Executive Women’s Forum was a further inspiration to me and the work that I do. There is such a need for understanding ourselves and others; I see this every day, interacting with business people. And the more we rely on electronic means of communication, the more vulnerable our ability to connect becomes.
I learned a lot this week. And I had a lot of fun. What about you?