It was Saturday morning, and I took my portable office to one of my coffee shops. Placing my briefcase on a selected table, I looked up and there was Gregg, a new colleague. Gregg’s business is still very young and he has a lot of questions and a need for collegial conversation – we all do.
In what seemed a brief period, our conversation covered a vast territory of working as a solo act in the 21st Century. Actually, one of our mutual acknowledgements was that nothing is really a solo effort. We need each other; just like Gregg and I needed to talk to each other in that providential meeting – I normally do not go to that particular coffee shop on Saturday.
Talking with Gregg I was reminded of the difficult transition I went through becoming my own boss. My motivation – while always my responsibility – was now consciously in my hands. It was both exciting and terrifying in each breath. Here we are in the 21st Century and I believe most people are feeling those things I did and that Gregg is vividly experiencing. People are experiencing a conscious transition of responsibility whether working for self or in an organizaton.
Gregg is joining a collegial group I co-founded nine years ago. Joining with others to form this support group was about an instinctive need to trust; and to be trusted. At first I assumed this collegial effort must be about replacing the camaraderie lost in my separation from my corporate life. It was not.
We need each other. For our unique and authentic motivation to deliver in this world, we need the fiery stimulation of connection one to another. In trusting one, we are trusted by one … and then many.
As actors on this 21st Century stage, we may have producers and directors, but most important to our characterization is how we connect to the other players while applying our individual motivation.