Do You Have a Team?

I’m not talking about a sports team (although we all have our favorites – mine happens to be the Red Sox since I’m from the Boston area).  I’m talking about a YOUR team; the people who support you in achieving your goals – your go-to team who celebrate your wins, help you brainstorm solutions, and support you through providing feedback and sharing their expertise.

I’ve recently had the great fortune to join such a group.  We are not in the same area so we speak regularly on the phone.  When we meet, we first share our wins, the things that we’ve accomplished, or something positive that has occurred.  Next we ask for whatever assistance we need.  One week someone might need help with a speech or workshop that is in development, another week it might be something related to research or publishing.  We also send each other drafts of our work for review.  What a wonderful feeling it is to know that someone will put my work on the top of a big pile of things to read, and give me honest and useful feedback.

I’d been wanting to be part of this kind of team for a long time, but I could not figure out how to go about finding one, or creating one.  However, I kept it as a goal, and then one day, at a conference, I met someone – and that was the start of the group.

Who might you like on your team, if you could have them?  When you are thinking about this, it’s useful to keep in mind that the group will be more effective if each member has experience in an area that the other members don’t.  That way, the group has a deeper well of experience to draw from.  A group can be as small as two people, or as large as 5 or 6.  If the group gets too large however, then it’s hard for everyone to have enough time in each meeting (which are typically one hour) to get any real work done, so don’t worry about building a big group.  This is definitely a case where less can be more.

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