It takes time to feed and water people in your network. Or does it? Maybe it’s more about choosing to spend valuable time with guides at the expense of time spent with ‘high maintenance’ members of your network. Think hard about how you spend your day. Don’t let important people get passed over just because they place fewer demands on you.
During lunch, the mobile device of a friend was chirping every few minutes. I mentioned that she might want to check on who was calling. While turning the phone off, she said ‘that can wait, this conversation is the most important thing right now’. She was not taking my presence for granted.