Today we are overburdened with a 48 hour+ work week and family responsibilities. We are urged to eat healthy, exercise, be good lovers, mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, daughters and sons. We must visit doctors, specialists and dentists regularly and be sure to get your mammogram, prostate tests and don’t forget your colonoscopy. You must get rid of the stress, so please do yoga, walk as much as possible and don’t forget to meditate and stay mindful. On top of that to have successful careers and businesses, we are told to build our personal brands, stay active on social media, and network, network, network.
Whoa. I’m exhausted just writing this and I’m sure you are tired reading it. And then, I – yes, I – have the nerve to tell people to LINK OUT – that is take time to build trusted relationships by meeting face-to-face with people – to create an entourage of people who will help us propel our career and business success. And by the way, you need to help them, too!
Okay, let’s slow down a minute. Take a breath and consider this. What if our entourage helped us be more effective on our job or leading our company, making more time available for our family….maybe that 48+ hour work week would be shortened. Perhaps we’d have more time to do the things that really matter. This question constantly comes up: why do we try to do so much ALONE when “with a little help from our friends” we could be more efficient and productive. We might even handle change better and be stimulated to come up with innovative ideas.
I admit, it took me awhile to start my entourage….but once I got the hang of it, the number of trusted collaborative relationships just multiplied exponentially. Now I am surrounded by so many people that know more than I do about so many things. There is rarely a time, I don’t have someone to turn to, to help me personally, as well as professionally. That’s how I got the best doctors for my family, that’s how I got through the teenage years of my children. With the advice of friends – yes people from my ‘business’ entourage became my trusted friends – life and work seemed easier and more fun. My entourage – and the people they linked out to on my behalf – became the source of new clients, collaborations and better ideas. And I became a a resource for them as well.
Many of the most fulfilled lives are those that are not compartmentalized, but integrated. Life and work and family are separate, yet often flowing together. Link out. You may be surprised by the positive impact on your life.
– Leslie Grossman, Vistage Chair, author LINK OUT: How to Turn Your Network into a Chain of Lasting Connections (Wiley) www.lesliegrossmanleadership.com