You only get one chance to make a first impression.
The blown first impression blues. I have blown this so many times in my life that I stopped counting. It is a lesson I keep learning and I may have blown it again with the BizCatalyst 360° and 360° Nation.
I asked Dennis Pitocco in January to join this community of writers, mostly out of a desire for another outlet for my writing. It was weird because he “accepted” me right away. Oh, I had been posting on LinkedIn for a while, sixty-some articles. Still, I expected resistance, not acceptance.
I had read the website and was already following several of this group of writers online. I have a facet of my personality that is pretty straight business and that guy looked at this cadre as a bit “out there.” But we are all multifaceted jewels. I have another side of me, at least one facet of my personality, that is decidedly “out there,” even “woo-woo” in the view of my straight business guy self. For most of my work life, I’ve kept the woo-woo guy on a pretty short, tight leash. Am I changing that?
I also have the Groucho Marx affliction;
I am deeply suspicious of and so have difficulty joining any club that would have me as a member.
And so in the beginning, I viewed BizCatalyst 360° and 360° Nation as another outlet for my writing. I even said as much to all the people who congratulated me upon my announcement of joining. My first posts were some older pieces that had been posted on LinkedIn about five years previously and then slowly I began to fill my queue with some newer stuff.
Now I have the “blown first impression blues.”
So I’m starting over. I know you don’t really get do-overs in life and there may be some in 360° Nation who may not easily forgive me for not noticing the specialness of this community sooner. I’m sorry. I “get it” more now, but I am still learning. I may be “a bear of very little brain” like Winnie the Pooh or just an insensitive old white guy; I’m a late adopter, late, but not never.
So then, in this my “first article” on BizCat, let me say how honored I am to be a part of this community. Let me say thank you to Dennis Pitocco, Ali Anani, Rached Alimi, Farooq Omar, Charlotte Wittencamp, Glenn Melcher, Debasish Majumder, Zen Benefiel, Aldo Delli Paoli, Diane Wyzga, Jeane Serio, Fay Vietmeier, Laura Gray, Ari Diamond Ehrlich, Eric Zabiegalski and all who have accepted me and engaged with my brain, heart, and soul on this platform and elsewhere.
I have long wondered how business can be a force for good in the world. I have wondered where the global forum is for people puzzling through how to solve the world’s problems. I think this might be one of those places.
My writing is all over the map, some straight business stuff, some decidedly “out-there”. Even my straight business stuff is based on the idea that business is about people -customers, staff, suppliers, even shareholders -all living, breathing, emotional beings. Getting those groups to work together to produce something of value is what business should be about. I am a process guy -inputs- activities- outputs, and measures at all stages. I believe in simplifying complex subjects, but I don’t just revel in breaking an idea down into component parts. Sometimes simplicity is in the whole, in the helicopter view or view from space.
On the other side, I am interested in consciousness, brain theory, the impact of intention, and thought on outcomes. And, of course, I love stories, from memories to fairy tales, from history to apocalyptic science fiction. I am learning new things every day and love what I’ve learned so far from 360° Nation.
So I’m pleased to be here and looking forward to knowing more about this community. Perhaps we might inspire some positive change together even if it begins with changing our own minds.
Think with me. . .