Last night I spent a few hours at the unofficial Edmonton Executives Association (EEA) poker night. This is a monthly event when anywhere from six to twelve of us gather at one of our business locations and spend the evening swapping stories while perfecting our skills at the art of Texas Hold’em. It is an unofficial event because even though the group started out as EEA members getting together for some fun and a chance to get to know each other a little better it slowly expanded into a family, friends and business associates night as each of us asked guests to join the fun. I am sure you can all appreciate that a “poker night” is also not the sort of activity that any respectable business networking organization would want to be “officially” associated with.
Last night after the game I a few of us were sitting around just talking about nothing in particular when I introduced a subject that directly involved the EEA. This was something I had been considering for a while and I had already formulated my own conclusions on the subject based on my own thoughts. After tossing the idea around a while the three of us came to a completely different conclusion from the one I had arrived at on my own and the group conclusion was far better than mine.
As I drove home after the meeting my mind (as it often does) drifted to business and how the evening’s experiences fit into the business world. I think we often form our own conclusions without seeking input from others whose experiences and opinions could help us come to better conclusions and therefore make better decisions than we make on our own. Sometimes of course it is not possible to get others input on specific issues. However my experience is that whenever I do get input from others I make better decisions.