Being in Vancouver BC is pretty cool. It is a very happening city and is it ever worldly! I do a lot of people watching and it just seems that the average person is much more worldly than the average people I observe in the states – even more so than Seattle.
I define worldly as follows: Has a diversity of experiences and influences from which to draw upon to make decisions and create opportunities.
I think that our worldliness is critical to continued success and growth. I have known many managers who worked and lived in the same town and for the same company, and who did not belong to outside organizations. These managers were sheltered from different perspectives and approaches and this hurt their ability to manage and lead.
We can increase our worldliness in a number of ways:
- Build relationships with a variety of people from outside your organization
- Live and more in several places
- Get involved in cultural events
- Read, listen, and watch
- Work with a variety of people within your organization
I would like to live in Vancouver BC for a while if they would have me (I am a former Canuck from Hull). It is a stimulating place (with killer restaurants). I just love the way cultures collide and dance here in a seemingly mutually respectful manner.
Other bloggers help expand my horizons and improve my worldliness, too. Here are a few unique blogs that I would recommend (these are all non-traditional in some way, I have several favorite business bloggers that run more traditional, too, like those on my blogroll).
And there are more…. I also like connecting with a variety of audiences. I like business events, writer’s conferences (talk about polar opposites!), and chatting about the hot new motorcycles.
And yet, this visit to Vancouver reminds me I have so much farther I can go to be more worldly. And I think the rewards are worth the effort.
How’s your worldliness quotient?