Tent made of mosquito netting.

Tent Made of Mosquito Netting

Mosquito nets. Posse. Cancer. How Do You End Malaria?

I just read a book, End Malaria, that was exciting for several reasons.

1. They upended the publishing business model by devoting proceeds to help end malaria by buying mosquito nets.

2. They collaborated with amazon.com to forgo their usual distribution fee so that $20 of every $25 dollars of the cover price goes to the end malaria effort.

3. They assembled business, marketing and educational experts across a number of industries to write articles on creativity, teams, purpose and leadership.

The Power of Collaboration

How would any of their lessons apply if you had just been diagnosed with cancer?

One of the articles is titled, “Riding with the Posse.”

Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School, described how she learned about posses from a young management consultant.

Pointing to a row of names and faces at the bottom of her computer screen when asked how she got so much done, the consultant said, “This is my posse. They ride with me and we help each other out.

The article was meant to help out frazzled, overworked people facing deadlines.

Small Groups and Cancer

It also applies to anyone who has just been thrown into a world they know nothing about where they must make life-or-death decisions, like if you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer.

Who should be in your posse?

Doctors, of course. The ones who listen to you and answer your questions should be in your posse.

Family. The wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, children, brothers or sisters who take you to doctor’s appointments and take notes, who pamper you while you are waiting for test results, who ignore your moods, are in your posse.

Friends who make you meals, do errands, take you out just because it’s a beautiful day and you need to feel the sunshine on your face are in your posse.

Experts. Support groups. Insurance clerks. Colleagues at work, who, it may turn out, have faced similar circumstances.

They’re all in your posse.

Shared Purpose

Some things must be shared. And, that is why you have a posse

They ride with you and you help each other out.

Do you have a posse?

How long have they been in your posse?

Do your grandchildren understand the power of a posse?

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Carol Covin, “Granny-Guru”

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers