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cultivating & nurturing collaborative networks




February 28, 2024


Nature serves as an unending well of inspiration and wisdom for us humans. Recently, during a birdwatching session, I witnessed a fascinating encounter between two red-shouldered hawks and a red-tailed hawk. The two smaller, red-shouldered hawks were determined to drive the red-tailed hawk away from their territory. The skirmish involved screeching and swooping flight attacks, lasting for a tense 30 minutes. Surprisingly, the red-tailed hawk stood its ground, and the smaller hawks eventually conceded defeat and flew away.

This avian drama got me thinking about territorial disputes. They’re not unique to birds; we humans also engage in territorial battles, often at the expense of collaboration. While hawks squabble over territory like feathery real estate agents, we humans sip our coffee, read self-help books, and ponder how to advance in our careers through social media. The human gift of insight – our ability to mend fences, collaborate, and share expertise. However, often our egos and insecurities can hinder valuable partnerships. 

In our fast-paced professional world, no one person can be an expert in everything. We all have knowledge gaps. But here’s the key: by cultivating a robust professional network and nurturing collaborative relationships, we can bridge those gaps.

Consider the power of a diverse professional network. When you connect with people from various industries, backgrounds, and expertise areas, you gain access to a treasure trove of insights and experiences. These connections keep you informed about industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices. They offer fresh perspectives that enrich your own work.

So, as you evaluate your network, recognize your gaps and appreciate how your connections already contribute to your growth. 

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