What Constantly Canceling, Rescheduling Says About You

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  • Regarding attaining and maintaining a spirit of civility, I believe it is necessary to have frequent face-to-face gatherings with other people, if for no other reason than to have a sounding board to get feedback on whether one’s actions, thoughts, and plans resonate with others. It is also the best way to bond with people on multiple levels beyond merely the business at hand. It’s also an opportunity to have others reveal previously hidden facets about us.

    Warren Buffet said that the best investment one can make is in oneself. He also said that one of the greatest satisfactions in life is to be able to duplicate oneself by starting a company, wherein other people can help accomplish what one person alone cannot do. I keep reminding myself that the word “company” comes from Latin “com” (together) and “panis” (bread) originally to describe a gathering of merchants sharing bread, drink, and stories. Through the millennia, breaking bread with others has been one of the greatest ways to bind people together in pursuit of the fruits of their labor, or to just know how to lead a good life.

    Research indicates, even in a face-to-face meeting, over half of the communication can be non-verbal; a clenched fist, the tapping of one’s fingers, or crossed arms, could signal very different attitudes than the words spoken. Reading these signals is crucial to understanding how to communicate on an emotional level with others, to be closer to the core of what others are feeling and thinking. All this communication can be lost in emails, texting, phone calls, even in video-conference calls. Thus, people aspiring to run a company should realize the importance of breaking bread with people, often. This is how we come closer to realizing our potential and to help others realize their potential. As part of this, we must understand that others may perceive more about our potential than we do, because often our friends, and others who mean well for us, know parts of us better than we do, so they can nourish us in ways we could never have imagined. But we must take the meeting first. Otherwise, we never know what’s possible.

    — Jeffrey Wyant, Director Business Development, Coast to Coast Fulfillment

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