So, we’ve just had 3 weeks of constant sunshine
Heat, humidity, stuffy subway carriages, grumpy kids, some people with very dodgy sunburn marks and now…..
Flash Flood Warnings – it all comes at once
In the UK we talk about the weather all the time. When I lived for many years in Manchester, the joke was that you knew it was summer when the rain was warm. We wanted it to stop.
When I worked in South Africa a few years ago, it began raining one day (the only day it rained in a whole month) … it was a Sunday. I know it was a Sunday because when we were in church, the very first thing the minister did was to say how thankful everyone was for the rain … thankful!!
I’d travelled from somewhere where we wanted it to stop to somewhere that was literally praying for rain.
It’s strange how we instinctively view things from our own lens – that’s another blog completely
Back in NYC we’ve got all seasons – sometimes in the one week.
Business is similar. How many times are we absolutely rushed off our feet? All we can think about is how we will pack everything in. Then at others, we don’t know where the next order or contract is coming from.
The drought tends to come after a flood in business. We’re too busy that we stop all of the great things that we did to create the flood in the first place. We stop calling people, networking, building relationships, organizing 1-2-1s – we just stop farming.
‘I’d love to grab a coffee with you soon’
‘Can we wait a few weeks, I’m busy’
Build relationships that last, that are flexible and can help you adapt in any weather.
A request to meet should be treated in the same way, regardless of whether (or the weather) you are busy.
Will it be of value? Could it be of value?
Do I actually like this person?
Does my gut tell me we may just be able to work together?
If these are a Yes, why would you wait?
If you have a great relationship that has helped to create this flood of activity, make sure that you don’t neglect it. You may just look up at some point and notice that they are enjoying the sun with someone else.