Here’s a Jubilee networking challenge for you, inspired by my other half announcing this weekend that he was three connections away from all the world’s leaders.
I was sceptical until he pointed out that through his voluntary work, he knew the Lord-Lieutenants for two counties. They represent the Queen in their county … and she’s got everyone on speed-dial.
It brought it home to me that it’s really not that hard to find some sort of connection with whoever you want, and that links with the high and mighty may come through social contacts as much as through senior work contacts. Of course, whether those long-range connections could actually put you in contact with the people you’d like to meet is another matter. (I suspect HRM may not be passing on Mandela’s mobile number to me any time soon.)
Even so, it suddenly felt quite impressive to realise that the Queen was one of my third level contacts
- Me → 1st level: other half → 2nd: Lord-Lieutenant → 3rd: Queen
This also means that if you know me, you’re at least within four contacts, maybe fewer if you have any closer connections.
So, to make this international, how many contacts would it take to get to your chosen Head of State?
Rules are that your contact has to know you by name and would be able to pick you out of a police line-up! Can anyone else beat “Queen in three”?