We were meeting with a visionary CEO of a successful global company last week and asked him what he considered to be most important for leading his team into the future.
“It’s enabling people across functions and throughout the company to innovate together,” he said.
He continued, “The more that people learn about each other as individuals and well as co-workers, and the more regularly and frequently they communicate, the better the ideas and the decisions.”
What was remarkable about this comment was how well it reflected one of the concepts we recently discussed in our recent podcast conversation with Dr. David Burkus, best-selling author of the new book, Friend of a Friend. The idea, backed by research, is that encouraging the growth of relationships among people inside and outside your company significantly enriches the quantity and quality of innovative ideas and opportunities that emerge.
This is especially powerful when high-quality connections are created and fostered among people with different knowledge, backgrounds, and networks. The more we develop the breadth and depth of our network, and find ways to be valuable on a regular basis, the more valuable the network will be for everyone involved.
To listen to our conversation with David Burkus, go to Growth Igniters Radio Episode 139, “Friend of a Friend: How Hidden Networks Can Transform your Life.”