Guest Column | January 20, 2016

Network Or Community? IT Solutions Providers, You May Be Missing Out

By Arlin Sorensen, O and Founder of the Heartland Companies which includes HTG Peer Groups

Harvard Business Review published an article in November on the topic of networks and communities. Henry Mintzberg authored the article, and I found it to be very helpful in differentiating the two. In this blog post I examine how his findings apply to HTG. 

HTG is not a network.  If you are engaging as though it is, you are missing out. 

We are blessed to be part of a true community in HTG. We have members who Go-Give of themselves regularly and engage within their peer group and across the community. I encourage you to ask yourself as you read this post, how can you engage with the HTG community more deeply to contribute and to receive more value? 

Mintzberg begins the article with a stark statement, “If you want to understand the difference between a network and a community, ask your Facebook friends to help paint your house.”

Facebook, LinkedIn, and other online experiences create networks of people but not community. 

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