Get Your Innovation Groove Back: Tips From Thomas Edison
Assess and maintain the current network. Go look at the Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Surprised by the number of people in the networks? If one is like Edison, one is not. Edison would list his contacts in a special notebook. The intent was "To plan for regularly touching base to solidify relationships within a network." In Edison's communications, he focused on something that might interest or benefit the recipient. Focus on diversity. Extend the circle beyond people who think and act just like. Edison realized, "Sameness doesn't serve the evolving mastermind collaboration efforts." What matters is cultivating connections and conversations with people of different generations, industries, cultures, interests and backgrounds.