Sunday, 8 December 2019

Secrets of successful collaboration: 37. be consistently open for business

Work at being open to people.

Make sure people know they can approach you. Do not allow the demands of time and the habits of routine to narrow the avenues through which people can approach you.

Place "open for business" signs on the shop windows at the periphery of your collaboration's activities and welcome and usher in anyone who shows an interest, including the most casual of window shoppers.

Keep your internal mental camera rolling so you can notice and then catch up with people and ideas you could not immediately acknowledge and explore.

Keep your internal mental camera rolling so you can notice and then make the most of opportunities arising from encounters with "friendly strangers": hardly known but friendly people with whom you have effective but rare interactions.

(Be consistently open for business to increase inclusiveness, encourage conversation and face-to-face interactions, and show you have time and respect for people.)

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