You’re at the top of the heap. You know what you want. You expect others to help you get what you want.
Can you really expect others to step up? Yes, you can … but you need to step up first and set the example.
Oftentimes, business leaders expect their network to be there for the long term, even when they exit the business. The harsh reality is that the relationship may be there only because of the business opportunity. If that no longer exists, the relationship may very well vanish. So, be prepared.
Think carefully about your network and what role each individual currently plays or can play. Ask yourself, what have you done for them lately? If the answer is a big nothing, then you have a great place to start!
How do you get started?
- Determine what the areas are—business or life in general— and how you can positively impact those you want in your circle of influence.
- Figure out specifically how you can be a resource to them.
- Create the necessary steps to take in order to connect/reconnect.
How do you want those in your circle of influence to reciprocate?
- Do you want introductions to people in their circle of influence?
- Do you want their mind power to help you solve a problem or discover new opportunities?
- Do you simply want to enjoy their company over coffee, lunch or on the golf course?
If you’re looking to the future, collaborating with others can certainly make a world of difference. You’d be amazed at how enriched you feel when you know there are others you can help and who are willing to reciprocate.
So, what are you waiting for? Reach out to someone you want as part of your inner circle today.
Got a thought or suggestion to add? Feel free to share in the comments!
Susan K Spaulding is an Author, Facilitator, Researcher, Strategist, Consultant, and Coach.
I work with businesses and leaders to take inventory, uncover the possibilities and navigate a path forward. Storytelling is fundamental to learning, teaching, connecting and inspiring.