As quickly as our world is changing, many things remain the same. Yes, TV has morphed into tablets and small screens. Telephones are now for texting. Networking is all about LinkedIn.
But many of our everyday business activities are timeless. Technology may come into play, but it can’t replace the human factor of collaboration, confidence, caring, and checking.
Collaboration: “When it comes to collaboration, people are your best resource.” That’s according to CNBC.com’s Donny Deutsch. He says collaboration trumps competition in our new business landscape. Deutsch explains that it takes courage to move from the self-serving, “What’s in it for me?” mentality to a shared sense of purpose, or ‘we’ mentality. Another important aspect of collaboration is trust, which Deutsch maintains brings about a framework for free thinking.
Confidence: Today’s business owners, employees and managers must exude confidence in their organizations, work ethic, talents, and decisions. This is especially true for entrepreneurs, as our companies often bear our names. We must believe in ourselves. Not too much pressure, right? First-class leaders understand the fine line between confidence and arrogance. Somewhere in the middle lies humility. These are timeless human attributes that technology can’t touch. And rightfully so.
Caring: Real professionals know that a sense of compassion is needed when interacting with others. If you haven’t learned about Emotional Intelligence and how to get along with others, it’s time to get started. A study from U.S. News & World Report found that 90 percent of people are fired because of poor attitudes. Only 10 percent lose their jobs due to lack of skill or ability. If you're a solopreneur, you may not have anyone to fire. But never forget that your clients can fire you!
Checking: This is not about direct deposits and bank routing numbers. This is about checking and verifying sources when writing blog posts and reports. It’s about checking in with co-workers, clients, and contacts who may be having a rough time. It’s about checking opportunities to learn new skills and technology. The most important checking you will likely do: Checking your attitude.
Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”