Rolodex. Of course. A rolodex. For those of you under the age of 30 you may not even know what a rolodex is, but way back in the time of paper we had these things that sat on our desks called a rolodex. The rolodex was a desktop card index used to record names, addresses, and telephone numbers, (or business cards) in a rotating spindle or a small tray to which removable cards are attached.
Nowadays we call them phones. 🙂 . But in a recent retreat I participated we were asked to describe our self with one word and the first letter of that word had to be the first letter of our name. So going with “R” I used the word relational. I believe that I am a relational personal who builds long-lasting relationships. I value my relationships with friends, business acquaintances and family a great deal.
I confess I am not the quickest to build the relationship. I think I have mentioned before that I don’t make very good small talk. But if we get past the small talk in our conversation then I dig in – I really get to know you. I have known this about myself and I have a few close friends who know this about me, but honestly when the Mayor of our City described me to a consultant as having a really big rolodex, I was kind of shocked.
Should I be shocked that he thought of me as having a big rolodex? I guess I kind of thought that was my little secret. Isn’t that kind of weird that I felt exposed and kind of “found out” when I was described as having a big rolodex. You know, I know people. haha
After weirding out about it just a little, I have come to take great pride in my rolodex. I believe the people in my rolodex (or phone) are one of my greatest prized possessions. I know people. I know people who know people and everyday I love expanding my network of people.
John Maxwell once said in a training session that he always asks his new friends or acquaintances, “Who do you know that I should know?” Maybe that is because he too values his rolodex. He values the people he knows. I believe I am in company with the likes of someone like Maxwell who is always focused on building his rolodex to grow and develop as a human, a leader, and a mentor.