New Year Resolution – Become a Lovecat
Happy New Year! I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful break and that your first few days back at work have been successful – only another 355 days to go until Christmas!
Like everyone I have been thinking a lot recently about what changes I want to make in 2016. I don’t want to make the same mistakes I usually make, and resolve to achieve the unachievable, so I have decided to take some advice from Tim Sanders’ book Love is the Killer App and become a Lovecat!!
I have always believed in the theory of ‘what goes around comes around’ and this book really gives substance to that within the business arena. The main précis of the book is about being a ‘lovecat’ and giving ‘bizlove’. Sanders defines bizlove as ‘the art of intelligently and sensibly sharing your intangibles with your bizpartners’.
Sanders breaks down the lovecat theory into three parts and talks us through how to achieve each part. These are:
This is the most valuable resource you have. If you have a deep and intrinsic understanding of your areas of expertise you can become the most knowledgeable person around in an area that’s valuable to others. They will come to you for help and you’ll become known for this knowledge – and for sharing it generously.
Sanders describes a good lovecat as someone who ‘is always thinking of ways to bring people together’ – build your contacts, introduce your contacts to one another and then finally disappear when you are not needed any more. Your value in building that connection will always remain.
Sanders explains that compassion is contagious. When you’re compassionate you’ll inspire it in others, and ‘you will have excellent experiences in a world when excellence is rare’. Become a likeable person. People refer business to people they like and who make them feel good about themselves.
I believe that if you give something of value away freely, with no strings attached, and don’t expect anything in return, and do it routinely and often enough, you’ll get far more in return than you’ve ever given. It’s one of those things that is impossible to express in a clear balance sheet, because there is no real balance to it. You give and you get.
What goes around comes around!
Are you a Lovecat?