Patti, a blogger friend of mine, was diagnosed with breast cancer and just completed her treatment. She lives in Denmark and works remotely as part of a global team.
Recently she blogged about the supportiveness of her team mates, who took on some of her work and sent her regular supportive messages, cards and gifts. Here is what she said:
'I am thankful for my co-workers. Every few weeks over the past year, a new card would arrive from the states with little notes from all of them. They have covered whatever work was mine whenever I wasn't able, and have been supportive and understanding through it all."
Patti's team is more than just a group of people working together - it's a community.
There's plenty of noise out there about social media and its implications for business but what we are really saying when we boil the message down to one simple sentence is this:
Business is about community.
According to Wikipedia, there are four elements of "sense of community": 1) membership, 2) influence, 3) integration and fulfillment of needs, and 4) shared emotional connection.
Wouldn't it be great if that were also the defintion of 'business', instead of, '...a legally recognized organization ... formed to earn profit that will increase the wealth of its owners and grow the business itself'?
Stories like Patti's remind us that the two definitions don't have to be mutually exclusive, and how nice it is when they aren't.
And let us not forget Meg's butt cake, another fine example of community in action.