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Join Me at the Communal Table

I have been considering the value of coming together, instead of pulling apart. Of building relationships, not moving merchandise. Of how we can work together to work towards our goals, not build barriers that impedes the process.

I will soon be announcing some exciting ways to connect – that we can work together to grow your impact and establish your legacy.

I work at my local Starbucks quite often, and when I do, I sit at the long communal table in the middle of the store:

Join Me at the communal table

I think it’s an apt metaphor for approaching how to grow your career.

Not separate, but together.

Not hoping to remain unnoticed, but open to the chance meeting, to serendipity.

Realizing that we don’t win by nudging out others, but welcoming them in.

That relationships matter, not “products.”

That the lessons from our insecure teenage years shouldn’t be: take fewer social risks as an adult.

That age should not naturally close you off to others.

That you can’t build a strong foundation alone.

That the path to success is not about outsmarting others, but connecting with them.

I hope you will join me at the communal table.

973-981-8882 | Twitter: @DanBlank | dan@danblank.com

  • Kathleen Pooler

    What a powerful message to kick off the New Year,Dan. I agree wholeheartedly, we are all enriched, enlightened and inspired when we join each other around the table. Looking forward to joining you around your table in 2012. Happy New Year!

  • How funny that you should post this, Dan. My new year post was about the way we are all experts in some fields, explorers in others. And by sharing, we can all do far more than we can dream up on our own. A sign of the times that many of us are thinking this way? Let’s hope so. All the best to you for 2012 and here’s to the communal table.

  • Anonymous

    What a phenomenal way to start off the new year, because coming together is really what is all about isn’t it? You cannot significantly impact the world unless you become engaged with the inhabitants of this place. Thanks Dan!

  • What an amazingly powerful message. I hope you don´t mind me quoting this to our English Language Teachers here in Brazil since I think there´s a lot they can also consider. Teaching is about collaboration at all levels…and this message will strike deep chords, as it should. Thanks.

    • Wow – thank you so much Valeria! That’s just fine.