Every leader stands to benefit from the opportunity to meet monthly in a professionally facilitated session with about a dozen non-competitive peers who are in similar roles, in similar organizations, and at a similar stage of evolution.
Leaders who make the one decision to join, as long as they show up, get six distinct benefits that are hard to achieve any other way:
- Leaders can be genuinely open to input and be vulnerable, even wrong, in front of each other; no need to put on airs or skirt around the hard stuff.
- Peers really know and understand each other, personally and professionally, and the challenges each faces in meeting associated goals; feelings of loneliness and depression are less common among participants.
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Learning to Get Help or to work with outsiders is one of the top two factors that account for success in maturing a start-up into a credible organization on track to long term growth and performance according to a plan.
Early stage CEO’s at first often think it is a sign of weakness to need help and when they finally do experiment with getting help they often find it frustrating ultimately because they misuse those they enlist.
It helps to think in terms of five types of outside support:
- Celebrities to draw attention
- Advisers to provide best practices and perspective based on experience
- Peers to provide mutual support and community
- Coaches to provide advice and counsel to increase personal effectiveness
- Governors to provide a consistent point of accountability and help with strategy, focus, and access to resources
Continue reading How to think about and work with outsiders to systematically get help in a way that increases the odds of success.