Social networking and relationship ecosystems
The current focus on ‘social networking’ might make us think we should spend all our efforts warming up distant relationships and creating new ones. However it would be a big mistake if we neglected the relationships we already have. We can learn a lot about relationship ecosystems from Jim Henson the inventor of the Muppets.
One of a number of 'gems' within this book is the idea of a “Personal Ecosystem” (p268-271) or an "egosystem".
Moore describes the way Jim Henson, the inventor of the Muppets, developed a highly effective personal ecosystem made up of three distinct groups:
- Kitchen Cabinet
These are the guys who help generate new ideas.
These are the folks who critically analyse these new ideas to see which ones are worth developing further.
These are the guys who can take an idea which has survived the critical assessment of the advisors and can bring it to life through effective implementation and action.
James also suggests a fourth group within a personal ecosystem – Decision-Makers .
In Jim Henson’s case this is a group of one - himself.
So what shape is your personal ecosystem or "egosystem" in, do you have one, how much effort are you investing in it and are there any critical gaps?
Bioteams Books Reviews
Steven Poole, writing for the Guardian on Saturday March 15, reviews "Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration", by Keith Sawyer and concludes that the book's big idea is that there is no such thing as the lone genius: everything turns out to be collaborative.