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Lessons learned from Richard Branson

Having fun while creating a better world should always be on our list of accomplishments.

I am ashamed to admit that I really wasn’t expecting much when I purchased this book at Pomegranate Books in Wilmington, NC.

Somehow, I was under the impression that this Branson guy was an old, rich, fuddy-duddy who lived in the clouds and wouldn’t be able to relate to an everyday person like me.

Boy, was I wrong!

The Virgin Way

While reading Richard Branson‘s book, “The Virgin Way“, I learned about how to fail forward, follow your gut, and the importance of building an interconnected community.

I highly recommend this book for anyone thinking about starting or growing their business. Just as a warning, I had sudden outbursts of laughter and would recommend reading this book where evil looks will not be received!

Richard shares his world of business adventures and I was grateful to have found a book filled with hope, passion, and encouragement.

Tearing Down Silos

My favorite lesson is toward the end of the book where Richard explains the power of working together across departments and tearing down silos. His advice is practical and brilliant. He says, “Not only do the different co-workers learn more about the needs and priorities of other divisions and create relationships there, but it also builds buy-in to innovative ideas and pride of ownership when the final product goes live.”

We all have the power to build strong, thriving and healthy businesses. If it feels like a lost cause or too big of a hurdle to jump over, then try this idea. Find someone who is outside of your department, strike up a conversation by introducing yourself and asking them how they are doing. Then briefly share information about something you are working on.

Remember that one of the most important things about building a relationship is listening. Truly listening.  And, it all starts with a smile.

~ Anna


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