I've been saying all along that accomplishment - in its various forms - is a team sport. Rarely does any individual who accomplishes something great operate in a vacuum. Sure, there are some egos out there who think they do, but there's always somebody behind the scenes who is helping them along. You can't Carpe Factum alone.
In that same vein, there are some tools I've been exploring recently in my quest for building relationships that can help achieve mutually beneficial accomplishments. While I was at the Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference last month, I met Derrick Sorles, who has become an excellent (and that's being mild - if there was an adjective beyond excellent to describe his help, I'd use it) mentor in managing LinkedIn. I'm still getting my arms around what networking through this form of social medium can can do, but it has been almost as fascinating as blogging as I've been building my network. The tool I've found most fascinating and useful has been the Questions & Answers section. Through it, I've been able to meet some great individuals I would never have met otherwise.
Recently, Rodney Rumford, that sage of social media and prince of the platform, has persuaded me (as well as other bloggers) to set up profiles on Facebook. Now I know what some of you are thinking: "Facebook is to networking what Myspace is to blogging: A teenage fun fest." Rodney claims that there is benefit behind the acne-and-hormone-laden facade of Facebook, so I'm going to take him at his word.
However, while we were having this discussion at Liz Strauss's open mic night a couple of weeks ago (OK, OK, ignore the jokes about pirates and the horrible pun about cats), folks like Mike Dewitt and Chris Cree were voicing what I was thinking: blogs (for some of us, multiple blogs), LinkedIn, Facebook, multiple email accounts... where does it all end? How much can one person manage? I'm not sure what the breaking point is. I think the issue here is that there is a much larger world out there for bringing out thoughts and ideas together. The tools are there for us to make this a truly phenomenal world to live in.
This leads me to three questions:
- Whom can you leverage to accomplish something great?
- What tools can you use to build that relationship?
- How can we manage all of these tools without letting them overwhelm us?