Living in Community
“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” – Jane Howard
It’s a funny thing, on one hand we want to compete with each other; to be in the top of the class, to win the scholarship, to climb the corporate ladder faster, to be the best parent, to have the best retirement, golf score, yard, or antique car. On the other hand we desperately need each other; to work together, to have a tight knit community, safety in numbers, collaborating for friendships, family, and a better life together.
Even though, competition exists at all phases of life, as we mature, it’s encouraging to see that competition seems to give way more and more to community, relationships, and authenticity. It’s not about impressing others or reaching higher successes, but finding more ways to be significant in our communities and with the ones we love.
In many ways, a business can personify this philosophy of community. Businesses are micro-communities and it’s truly incredible bringing people, ideas, and fun together. Weaving the community together into the tapestry that is each organization.
A tight knit community always contains these 3 “C’s”:
- Communication that is open and has spirit of learning
- Coordination of events, ideas, and people all working together for a better life.
- Cooperation as an attitude of curiosity and willingness to learn and work towards common goals.
A tight knit community contains these 3 attributes*:
- Care as the active concern for the physical needs of others
- Responsibility as caring for the higher needs of others
- Respect as allowing others to grow at their own pace
It is the desire of great leaders to be an incredible resource to their organization/team and work to bring success, even more opportunities for significance, and doing it all in the spirit of building a truly tight knit community.
After all; call it a family, a community, love for others, or whatever you want. We all need it.