Connections are designed with an awareness of yourself and then thoughtfully to connect to other people.
There is a freedom that comes with shifting the way we look at what we want. A shift away from what we want to what can we learn. The discipline to be a teacher sometimes and a student other times creates space for learning. It’s through active engagement with the information we seek that we learn – that we add depth to create a connection that can result in a lasting relationship. Jessica Dewell talks with Ken Gordon about connections by design.
Starting the conversation…
- Relationship building is by design, and you use written content.
- How do you use content (your own and others) to build relationships?
Host: Jessica Dewell
Guest: Ken Gordon
What You Will Hear:
Weave in passion to life.
Stories that are told to share information.
Structuring content to build relationships.
Problem with content marketing.
Content creates a lasting imprint.
What quality is and to be interesting and smart.
Social media as a learning experience through conversation.
Filtering is a skill (aka: discernment).
Student and teacher mindsets.
Innovation – what it means and how it relates to problem solving.
The beginners mind is the place to start.
A practice to develop thinking skills and get smarter.
Take the opportunity to learn from and with networking.
Notable & Quotable:
Ken Gordon: Content when done well connects two people and creates an artifact of community.
Ken Gordon: I’m all about quality. Quality in content, quality in conversation, and quality in community.
Jessica Dewell: Value other people’s time when we are creating content.
Ken Gordon: Social media … means I can be a student and a teacher all the time.
Jessica Dewell: What matters is what I choose to learn and to teach.
Ken Gordon: To know you have something worth saying you have to have a depth of knowledge.
Ken Gordon: Innovation is from the initial spark to the full implementation.
Ken Gordon: Look [and listen] in places where people go to talk about the products they use.
Ken Gordon: I know I don’t know enough, and I’m driven to know more.
- Ken Gordon Blog posts at Continuum and Design Observer
- The Literature of Customer Experience
- Jessica Helfand, author of Design: The invention Desire
- Ralf Waldo Emerson
- Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
- Philip Roth
- “You don’t think your way to creative work, you work your way to creative thinking.” George Nelson
Tags: creativity, passion, usefulness, content, connection, quality, relevant, collaborate, value, learning, focused, discipline, beginners mind, thinking, choice