This week in my column at Psychology Today, I shared with you why resilient leaders need a “crew” with them on their professional journey. Today, I’d like to share some specific strategies you can utilize to start identifying and cultivating your crew:
- Look in the literature for those who are expert in your areas and seek them out. You may be surprised at how many will be happy to have a conversation.
- Use LinkedIn as a source of those who may be useful to you and you to them. When you invite them to link up, let them know why you are reaching out to them.
- Join or create a Community of Practice—a group of individuals who are interested in the same general topic and willing to share with each other what they know, what their questions are, and where they have applied their lessons to what effect.
- Keep looking for ideas, not just perfecting skills
- Make it a habit to regularly ask the question, “What am I assuming about this?”
- Always be on the lookout for people who make you feel comfortable. When you find them think about what they do to cause this comfort.
- When you spot someone who asks great questions, ask them how they seem to always do so. Don’t hesitate. You may find a great practice partner.
- Stay in touch with your crew. Don’t let busyness get in the way of regularly connecting. It demonstrates the value you place in your connection and your respect for them.
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