Praful Thakkar has asked us to write about our network and how it affects our success.
My network includes my strategic partners. They supply support and guidance and also complement my services.
My first network are my fellow affiliate coaches and consultants at my affiliate organization, Resource Associates. We meet three to four times per year in Pennsylvania. I go to get my battery recharged and to learn best practices from others. Occasionally, I am asked to share some that I have done which will benefit the group.
Nine of us have established a breakout group called Success Builders Mastermind. We meet by phone and most recently by Zoom video. We follow an agenda once a month for 1 1/2 hours and a different one of us takes a turn spotlighting our issues and we also act as each others accountability partner.
Another network is my group of human resource professionals. That association has long roots because I have been a human resource professional my corporate career. I have been able to source the best experts on human capital development in my role of program director for my local chapter of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). This keeps my base of knowledge current.
Another is my membership and leadership in my regional chamber of commerce, The Business Council of Westchester. Here I have the best connections for government, the county projects, and to a wealth of experts in every part of business.
Finally, I have my long standing membership in my local BNI. I have been chapter president several years ago and will be once again beginning October. This group of people make up my weekly networking partners. I know each one of them well and can do more than refer them. I can bounce ideas off of them.
I have to say that I am grateful for all of these relationships but it really works because I am willing to do the work to make the relationship mutually beneficial.
Information provided by Grant Schneider, Performance Development Strategies