The most powerful way to do this – to build up this shared muscle – is to know exactly what each other wants and then help each other to get it.
So simple and yet so often ignored
Over the years, I have witnessed many groups of people united by a cause, common interest or employer fail because they didn’t understand what each other really wanted to achieve. When it came to understanding each others areas of greatest want and need, people just assumed, guessed or ignored.
Even more frustrating were the subsequent laments of:
“If only I had known what she wanted, I could have helped!”
“I had no idea he needed help there!”
“Why didn’t you tell me you needed support there?”
“All they had to do was ask me!”
The most valuable community on the planet
Fuelled by the recent sharewords post, where the generous souls of this community quickly rallied to help one another succeed, I have a goal for this community to be one of the most effective, productive and mutually valuable groups of people on the planet – on and off line!
It’s a huge ambition, one that will depend on us being very clear about how we can help each other succeed.
The easiest way to build community value
So, let’s do that right now. Let’s spell it out for each other in the comments below.
Just take a minute to share with us how we can help you and how you can help us.
1. Your needs
What would be the most valuable thing(s) this community could do for you to help you succeed?
Please detail specific actions and if more than one thing, please list in order of priority.
2. Your contribution
What help (e.g. specific action, expertise) are you prepared to offer the people in this community to help them succeed?
3. Your ideas
In your experience, what do you think will help make this community more mutually valuable?
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