Today I specialize in understanding the networks of people around us. Why? The quality of our life, our health and our success is not up to us alone. The people in our life play a role, too.
I’ve been researching how networks impact people’s lives, drawing on my studies and those of others. I’ve learned that it’s important to manage networks well. When people, families and businesses do that, their lives get better, their businesses become more successful. Sometimes, dramatically better and dramatically more successful.
Through the NetworkSage lens, eight important networks shape our lives. In each one are people who care about us and who can help us with our intentions to create a great life, a loving family and a successful career. When times are good, these are the people we want to celebrate with us. When times are not good, these are the people we need to turn to for support.
We’re born into five networks. For that reason, I call them birthright networks. These networks are created for us by our parents. If you are a parent, you created them for your children. These include a family network, a health and vitality network, an education and enrichment network, a spiritual network and a social and community network.
As we grow up, the size of these networks grows as well and we shape each one to suit us. We pick our own friends, for example, and we avoid people we don’t like.
When we mature, we add three more networks. For that reason, I call those coming-of- age networks. These include a career network, a home and personal affairs network and one I call ‘ghosts,’ a network of people who were once in our lives but are no longer.
Our Network Technology Platform to Support Senior Care
SageLife is building a cloud-based mobile platform to support seniors, their families and the experts who advise and care for them. It will help build the support networks seniors need remain in their homes and in control of their lives. It will also help avoid the economic costs and losses to seniors, families, employers and governments for high-cost senior-care alternatives to independent living.