We can deal productively, with, at most 150 relationships. Those who mean something yo us, and to whom we mean something.
Beyond that we get to the equivalent of “your call is very important to us….”
This is a challenge when we realise the future is all about relationships. increasingly, algorithms can take care of the rest.
So, how mny communities are you part of? Do you know your 150, and do they know you?
I have found this to be a challenge. I have widespread interests, and building up the contacts is a by product, but when I got to over 2000 on LinkedIn, i realised that I was becoming invisible. Something of a paradox, but the more people I am connected to, the bigger the obligation I have to ensure I am paying attention to them.
So I decided to bite the bullet, and cut it back to 150, those to whom I am willing to pay attention to, listen to, share with, and connect with each other arounf things that are meaningful.
I have chosen to be a significant part of three smaller, focused communities, where the works gets done. It works.
Being properly visible to a few beats being invisible to many.