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“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~~ William James

In networking there are three types of people.  Those who wait and watch for things to happen, those who make things happen, and those who wonder what happened.

A catalyst is someone who makes things happen.  This is the role you should aspire to in order to positively affect your network.

There are four main characteristics shared by catalytic people.  These are:

  • Initiative.  Catalytic people make things happen in all aspects of their lives.  They have a “Do it now” mentality.  When they see a need for something they apply action to that need.  My CPA’s marketing expert sees herself as a “step up to the plate kind of girl” and she certainly is.
  • Intention.  Catalytic people are goal oriented.  They do not simply rely on luck but create their own chances for success.  They understand the process of moving from point A to L and navigate those steps steadily and surely—not easily discouraged by the inevitable setbacks encountered.  They learn the goals of others and align with them whenever possible, knowing it is far easier to leverage gravity than struggle against it.
  • Confidence.  Catalytic people are confident in their abilities as both team players and leaders.  They have positive attitudes that are contagious and help bring out the best in others.
  • Motivation.  Catalytic people are both motivated and motivating.  These people excite, exhort, and exhilarate people to perform at their very best.  You will see them at the front of the pack—leading by example and urging others to follow.  You will see them in the middle of the pack—encouraging others to keep going and broaden the trail.  You will see them at the back of the pack—pushing others to keep moving forward.

Think of your network as a row of dominoes.  As a catalyst you will tip one over and get the others in gear.  Hopefully, this weekly blog is a catalyst for you.

Action steps this week are simply to identify the next domino.  Who is a value-added friend?  How can you work together to motivate your network?

© 2011 by Stephen Hand of Triangle BNI.
All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of Stephen Hand of Triangle BNI.

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Written by bniguy

April 17, 2011 at 2:24 am

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  1. Most people in the world forget that every action causes another action to take place. Sometimes we forget how much we can influence the outcome of the events in our lives. Your article reminds me to take action and know that things will start to move as long as I keep pushing on the the big round ball. (My metaphor for objects that need to get rolling).
    Thanks

    Hector Cisneros

    April 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    • That is absolutely correct, Hector. Once the ball is rolling we learn a lot along the way and that is the best payoff. Thanks for stopping by.

      bniguy

      April 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm

  2. Thanks so much for another powerful blog Steve. I am determined to be a catalyst from now on in all my relationships. Thank you for being a catalyst to me and your entire readership.

    Moji Ajele

    April 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm

  3. Steve,

    I do think of myself as motivating and a motivator. It is my desire to inspire others into action but you put it in a little different term–the working together to motivate your network. That makes sense because when others see you working with someone who is “added value”, they become even more inspired. OK, I got it! 🙂

    Beverly Mahone

    April 17, 2011 at 9:23 am


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