Posts Tagged ‘relationships’

Dear Nettie

Monday, November 17th, 2014

 

I continue to reinforce that relationships are the key to success …and that definition of success extends to WOW! transformations clients, colleagues, peers and friends. Strong relationships happen in many ways, and one important element is when you become a trusted advisor to a client, colleague or peer. That means going the extra mile, doing more than what you are expected to do, and extending the relationship beyond the walls of the company or organization into other areas of your life.

I don’t compartmentalize my relationships. For me it’s about the broader opportunities to get to know someone, connecting various people because you know something great will come of it, and seeking relationships in unlikely places. I am proud to say that many a colleague has become a friend, a networking companion and traveled with me into others areas of my life.

The email below serves as a reminder to the impact one can make in an organization and beyond. I worked with Andrew for eight years at Solvay and call him a client, a trusted advisor, and a friend.

Dear Nettie

MDS is what it is today largely through your amazing efforts over these past 8 years. From the first meeting we had to conceptualize the concepts through the expansion to Europe all the way up to present day.  I am in Shanghai today and so is MDS. When I traveled to Brazil MDS was there as well and now it is even available in French as well as Portuguese and Mandarin.

More than just fond memories I hope you also take with you the knowledge that hundreds of Solvay managers are using skills today that are a direct result of MDS and your efforts.

For me it is not good-bye as I know we will work together again. Thanks for all that you have done and all that I don’t even realize you have done!

Fondly,  Andrew

Sisterhood

Monday, November 10th, 2014

 

Relationships are the key to success.  As the leader of WOW! transformations, I work hard to establish, build and grow relationships in all parts of my life — business, personal, professional.  I mingle clients, colleagues, peers and friends in one big group.  Not always an easy task, but for me it is second nature – mix everyone together and watch the exciting connections happen.

About two months ago, I came up with an idea:  Introduce all the great women I’ve met over the last three years to each other.  For most of us networking happens through an organization we belong to, an event we attend, or our alma mater. There isn’t a place where all types of great women can gather informally and get to know each other, so I created one.

I sent out an informal invitation — no need to RSVP, just show up at the place and time to meet other great women.  Our first event was a success.  About 20 women joined me to mix, mingle and connect. I was thrilled with the outcome and so were the great women who attended. Here’s what some had to say:

“I am in awe of what you did this morning. By gathering that amazing group of women, not only did you create opportunities for all of us to network but you also firmly reconnected us with our “sisterhood.”  There is such power, warmth and gratification to be found in these small intimate gatherings of women.  I found this particular group to all be authentic leaders, each accomplished in their own right, and willing to give back. Love that. Very grounding for me.”  – Nancy

“What a terrific idea and I am grateful to have been included. I had a wonderful morning and felt privileged to meet so many dynamic and inspiring women. The vibe in the air was genuine and organic and it was one of the most productive networking events I have attended in a while.”  – Kim

“Love the spontaneity and ‘just do it’ approach.”  – Ursula