With 2015 coming to an end, it’s a wonderful time to reflect. It’s a great time to brainstorm your 2016 strategy while also finishing 2015 on a very strong note! As someone who thinks quite a bit about people, my network, I wanted to share a quick post today offering three ways you can help others in business.
I know everyone is ready for the holidays and new year, ready to relax. However, I encourage reading my three tips today because it’s a quick post and could truly accelerate your business success heading into the new year.
Tip 1: Be A Dealmaker, Think Like A Broker
Real estate brokers are dealmakers. They facilitate transactions between buyers and sellers, bringing parties together for mutually-beneficial financial transactions.
In business, become a dealmaker. As your network grows, you will uncover opportunities. Various parties in your network can benefit incredibly from each other, however they may not yet know each other. When you uncover those opportunities, be a leader and make the connections.
Don’t always look for profit or benefit from your introductions. Simply make the connections and do your part to be a leader. From my experience, this type of activity will always come back in one way or another, benefitting you in the long run.
Tip 2: Mentor Others and Be A Friend
In the fast-paced world of technology, there is a clear need for mentors. There is no better way to give back in business than mentoring others. While you are truly helping others, you will also gain a loyal supporters for life (your mentees) and learn your craft even better (teaching is one of the best ways of learning).
Mentoring does not have to be formal. Identify those professionals you truly believe in and just start taking them to lunch. Talk about business and find ways you can help. Be a coach and a friend. My challenge to you: Become a mentor before the end of 2015, take a potential mentee to lunch in the next 8 days!
Tip 3: Spread The Holiday Cheer
In technology, we work so incredibly hard. With the year coming to an end, find ways to slow things down. Focus on the people that matter most to you, both in business and your personal life. Spread that holiday cheer!
How can you go about doing this? A few ideas:
- Take your team to lunch
- Hand out holiday cards/gifts
- Recognize big achievements for the year
- Take the time to reconnect with old colleagues
- Let people leave the office early/take some time off
- Pay out a holiday bonus if your company did well
The happiness you spread will elevate everyone’s wellbeing and take your leadership to the next level.
If you like today’s tips, I also wanted to highlight my recent post about my People Day Strategy. I’m a firm believer that your network is one of your greatest investments. Hold your own people day to take your network to the next level.