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Having a diverse range of perspectives and experiences is essential to growth and success in business. Why? Because it breeds innovation and success – which all BNIers want to achieve.
A diverse range of ideas and viewpoints can help lead to creative breakthrough. Diverse businesses on the other hand, may have more creative energy to harness than others.
The theme for International Networking Week earlier this month was Diversity and Networking. People tend to cluster together based on education, age, ethnicity, professional status, gender, etc. When we surround ourselves only with people who have similar contacts, it can be difficult to make connections with new people or companies.
At BNI New Zealand we recognise that the more diverse your network, the more powerful your chapter becomes and the more developed you can become as a business person. It’s the people who are not like you, who can connect you to a completely new “cluster.”
So, here’s how to start a discussion within your chapter about how each member can help look for business people in diverse industries that may benefit from BNI.
Having a balanced representation of various age groups, genders and interests in your chapter does strengthen it. Inviting people from niche or unusual businesses can take your chapter from strong to robust. By bringing such diversity to your chapter, every member can be enriched even further by the amazing new relationships formed.
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