When it comes to solving problems, I couldn’t agree more with this statement – it is more of a personal philosophy really. Some people have a tendency not to ask for help because they think it displays a sign of weakness. That couldn’t be any farther from the truth. In fact, it would be a sign of weakness not to ask for help. We cannot thrive in business without a little help and support from a trusted network of colleagues.
I belong to a global community of tens of thousands of women called eWomen Network and let me tell you – this is one powerful group of collective minds! I see the benefit of the collective mind at all of the networking luncheons and dinners. One event in particular, takes place several times per month and is called Strategic Business Introduction (SBI). During the SBI, we are not only introduced to new people and potential friends, clients and business partners, we also take part in an invaluable wisdom circle discussion.
The wisdom circle (or mastermind group) is a growing business phenomenon used for problem solving, inspiration and motivation. It shares the basic philosophy that more can be accomplished in less time by working together. It is built on the foundation of trust, confidentiality and harmony and is comprised of individuals who meet in an open, supportive environment to share thoughts, ideas, opinions and information.
The agenda belongs to the group and each person’s participation is key. The structure belongs to the facilitator in order to uphold a supportive and positive interaction. Group members each present a business challenge and use the collective mind to give each other feedback, help brainstorm new ideas and turn the problem on its head to explore new possibilities.
Pamela Chatry, eWomen Network Executive Managing Director Vancouver chapter says, “It’s like getting thousands of dollars worth of free consulting advice!”
So, I encourage you to think again when you feel stuck, when you want to move your business forward but don’t feel you can do it on your own. You are not alone. Most of the time, you are experiencing similar business challenges that someone else has experienced or is currently facing. Experience the power of the wisdom circle and turn your stumbling blocks into stepping-stones for success by tapping the true source of power.
How have you used the power of your circle or network to leapfrog your business? I would love to hear your story. Please leave your comments in the box below.