"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
-- African proverb
It's that time of year when many of us are making big plans for the year.
One of the best ways to make big goals happen is with the support of others.
Here are 3 steps to create an effective community of support.
1. Define what you want from your support community.
Inspiration and motivation.
Insights for decision-making.
2. Choose who to connect with.
others in a similar role. No one knows better what your day looks like than someone who walks in your shoes daily.
those inside your industry. Enjoy the connection with those who have common experiences.
people from outside your industry. Look outside your industry for fresh perspectives.
people with similar values. Think about building your "team" on common ground. If you value integrity, those who have a "do it at any cost" mindset will slow your progress.
people with unique strengths. Think about building your "team" with a variety of strengths. If your strength is people and relationships, you'll want someone in your community whose strengths is implementation or process.
3. Determine how best to connect.
Reach out by email. A few years ago when I was considering a big change professionally, I was surprised at the generous insights shared by those across my network. These all started with a short email with a single question.
Create a 1-to-1 buddy system. Find someone who has a goal similar to yours. Lean on each other for support, encouragement, and accountability.
Join a group program. Collaborate with others in a more structured environment. Get feedback. Give feedback. Share experiences, challenges, and successes.
Create a personal board of directors. It can be as simple as 2 or 3 people close to you. Meet on a regular basis (say, twice a year) to share progress, present and discuss potential solutions to your biggest challenges, and get feedback.
Whatever your community support looks like, make it work for you!
If you're a woman executive or entrepreneur looking for a community of support, accountability, and growth, we now offer two women-only group programs.