Thank you for sticking with me this far. I hope by now you are getting a greater awareness of the environmental influences on your life and a greater appreciation for how great a an influence they have on our life choices and attitudes. This times discussion is on the Network Environment. This environment consists of your customers or clients, your social networks both on-line and in person, your memberships in organizations and your partners and alliances.

Some of the considerations to ponder when evaluating how well your network environment is supporting your life and your goals include how well your network responds to your requests for help and assistance. Is the support one sided or do you and your network share referrals and information regularly? For networks to really work there needs to be a goodly degree of mutuality otherwise one side will feel sucked upon and resentments will grow and destroy the network relationship.

Whereas the personal environment will tend to have people who reflect your thinking, attitudes and lifestyle, the network environment, if cultivated well, is the place to be exposed to interesting and diverse opinions, cultures, experiences and backgrounds. A great network environment will serve as both a supportive one for your businesses and, with the exposure to new ideas, cultures, outlooks and novel ways of doing things, can be a catalyst for personal growth.

An important and often overlooked part of this environment is that of your clients and customers. Are these folks ones that you like to work with, that inspire you to do your best work or are they people you dread to deal with or bore you to death? If it is the later, your business life will be a chore rather than a joy that you look forward to. Michael Port, in his great book, “Book Yourself Solid,” introduced the concept of having a “Red Rope Policy.” Just like in the nightclub, where the Red Rope keeps the boring people out of that environment, having one in your business where you screen out or refer out clients you would rather not deal with, will greatly increase your level of enthusiasm where you look forward to going to work.

That was a long way of asking if you are tolerating people in this environment. The fewer the tolerations, the more supportive this environment will be in your life.

If you have questions or comments, please post them in the comments section. I am looking forward to a lively discussion here on the blog.

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