I’ve been sitting in a lot of meetings lately with a lot of different people. From vendors to strategic partners, agencies to colleagues, every single one of them is a potential source of knowledge.
A guy who owns a product design company had a unique perspective on a project we’re working on.
A guy who owns a production facility doesn’t like running the business because the “employee factor” makes it a source of daily frustration.
A couple of women who own a company who help non-profits increase their donations have a general joie de vivre.
A woman who is one of the best merchants I know is relentless in her pursuit of significantly increasing sales for retailers.
Good or bad, positive or negative, proactive or reactive, everyone you come into contact with can teach you. They can give you new ways of thinking or teach you what you don’t want to do.
THE REAL WORLD RETAILING TAKEAWAY
It’s okay to see the world through rose colored glasses.
I love being inspired. I love learning. I love new ways of thinking. The key is to understand whom those people are that you come into contact with that can impart knowledge, and then forge those relationships. [And let’s be honest, not everyone you come into contact with is going to be a business contact or a friend…it just doesn’t work that way, and that’s okay].
Listen, engage, process and then grab the one key takeaway from each and every conversation.
It will help you think in a different mindset – you’ll be able to take a look at things from 10,000 feet up, you’ll be able to see the forest through the trees.
Surrounding yourself with people who think differently can only make you and your business better and stronger.