My editor is a connector. With a virtual team of writers that have never met each other, we feel connected to him and to each other. It’s a good feeling. It makes me want to provide really good content for his publication, and I now have relationships with people across the globe that I never would have known. I can reach out to them, and they can reach out to me.
Dare I make the analogy….this connected “workforce” is also an engaged workforce? I believe I can make that case.
What is it he actually does to be a connector?
He introduces every new writer that musters the courage to write their inaugural article. In doing so, he invites those of us on the cadre to welcome the new writer. Simple. Effective.
He shares content that is relevant to me. Each of us in the cadre have a different expertise and experience, so much of the content is not relevant. But when it is, I am invited to comment. And those of us who write know how important it is to get feedback.
He makes a point to get to know each of us, in the real world. Because of the geographic dispersion, a telephone is the only option but it puts a real person behind the e-signature. (more…)