If you know the term, then you know it’s someone who likes to steal your covers, while you sleep. (Some of you shall be nameless.)
On a mindset call yesterday, our mentor was talking about networking, and pulling people into your network to form a solid foundation. This lead me to thinking about spider webs…catching those who came close. The only thing is, spiders tend to eat those things caught in their webs. That didn’t seem appropriate.
I wondered if there was something solid that I could use for an example? Of course, I was thinking of my dear friend, Cathy, is who an amazing quilter…there it was.
You may be thinking, what does “are you a cover hog” have to do with networking.
A quilt is comforting; a group of friends, or networkers, can be comforting. A quilt (many times) is made with natural fibers (Yes, that commercial is running through my head, too… the touch, the feel, of cotton; the fabric of our lives.)
When you find a networking group that works, there is a natural flow. Everyone can contribute, bring their best ideas and skills. Like a quilt, it benefits all (unless you have a cover hog).
A quilt has many fibers weaved together to make it strong to guard against the freezing cold. It brings warmth. It has strength to last against the wear and tear. However, if it isn’t taken care of properly, the edges will fray, or it will get holes in it.
That’s the same as a networking group, there is strength in the fibers, and it gives everyone a chance to add their own gifts. The different colors of each fiber in the quilt brings beauty and strength, to the quilt, if it is taken care of.
The cover hog, would be those who come to snatch every morsel of info, (or every bit of your cover) without ever contributing. For a network, friendship, or partnership to work there needs to be a mutual benefit for all. All must do their part.
So on that note, in your network…
Do you contribute? Do you bring your gifts?
Are you a cover hog?
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