Grace Lanni, Managing Director, RSE Consulting // A platinum member of several airlines over the years, I use the time to read books recommended by people I admire. Ever looking for the idea that I can apply in my work or personal life, Bijoy Goswami’s book ‘The Human Fabric’ was today’s adventure. Having studied Ontology (The study of human beingness), I’ve always been fascinated and moved by how we interact in the world. The things we say, do, observe and the things we DON’T say, do and observe.
An engineer by training, CEO of several organizations, and a recognized ‘notable networker’, I find myself wondering which of the 3 human fabric types I am: evangelist, maven or relater (MRE)? This question rolled around in my head as I read the details of each type and then finally Bijoy compared the three. It’s possible, he said, to be able to do well in all three areas. The WHY we do them is what leads to the core human fabric element you are. Hmmm.
So, the fact that I’m an engineer doesn’t mean I’m a maven, or that I’ve led several companies doesn’t mean I’m evangelist. Why do I study and lead? Because it helps me connect to others more deeply. In the DISC world, I’m high I, then D. People first, drive second. Utilitarian and Social on the value wheel – Resources first (wealth, knowledge) and people second. And, the newest insight is that resources are valued because it fuels my ability to serve others.
Bijoy in his evangelistic way gives examples of how his MRE framework applies in business and in governments. Potentially very heady arguments presented without emotion – likely because his co-author is a maven.
I find myself asking, why do I write blogs? speak to audiences? read voraciously? All to apply to the relationships I treasure with family, clients, partners and prospective clients. Ever the intuit, I have a good sense of another’s business opportunity, and use relationships to create the data necessary to prove my hypothesis. All to lower the risk and drive the probability of success.
So, the take-away from today? Not to take more trips or read more books, but as Bijoy suggests, know thyself a bit more today than you did yesterday. The corollary? Collaborate with others and allow each to contribute their core strength to produce great results.
Thanks Bijoy, The Human Fabric is a provocative read and a great reminder providing multiple followups and awesome conversation for relater conversations this week.