April 9, 2021
6 minutes of reading
Comments expressed by Businessmen the contributors are their own.
My first recollection of the noun, “tribe” is about 8 years old.
My grandfather oversees a church nestled in our excitement community of the Jamaica, Queen. One winter morning, my Sunday school teacher, Mrs. High, wrote a thematic lesson using the old African proverb, “There is a village that can raise a child.” I find this concept very appealing.
We have discussed tribal composition, from infant and elder rituals to historians and healers. Ms. High’s lessons not only demonstrate the collective strength of the community, effectiveness and belonging, but also cover how tribes can function as thrive. Community of Practice (CoP), learning collectively and reducing challenges as they arise. While this example serves as an early, impressive impression of my cherished African heritage, there is also a clear correlation with entrepreneurship.
As leaders of scaling organizations, we have a responsibility to cultivate a sense of community and belonging to all team members we recruit. An essential concept that is often overlooked in this discussion is the serious responsibility we should hold on to ourselves – building our support system as leaders.
- Who do you call when you need advice about making tough HR decisions?
- Plan someone Happy Hour with to disconnect and revel in the week’s highs and lows or discuss strategies for getting through Fake guy syndrome?
- Are you extending your hands to mentoring and “lifting as you climb?”
The answer to these questions is your “tribe”.
There are many racial and ethnic groups around the world with their own tribal structure different from what Mrs. High first described and very different from each other. But what lingers in my mind is how we become a human together, with different roles and experiences, we become stronger together.
Evaluate your current relationship network
Who was the last person you called outside of your organization for advice?
Usually we have people in our network who have proven they are sincere champions of our success, but we have not acknowledged them as such. Perhaps you can coordinate a monthly “herbal tea” via Zoom or create a Slack channel where you can share effective ideas with each other and seek two-way feedback.
If you’re going to draw a visual map of your network, I’m sure there will be one to three supporters near you. This is someone you have experienced in your career and life and should continue to actively participate as mutual supporters. leadership journeys.
Identify a leader with more experience
If we identify someone who runs a larger activity, it’s more likely that this person has less free time than you do.
You want to make sure you’re reaching out to them on purpose. Their time is valuable and you should have clear questions when communicating with them.
Perhaps you need advice on how they are launching their business in a new geographic market or you want to ask about the key insights they gained when they expanded their operating budget from $ 2 million. scream 200 million dollars – whatever the case, they’re your tribe elder and their wisdom is gold. Hunt.
Make sure you have a healer
All of our journeys are very different, but come with a unique set of challenges that can blur our leadership lenses if they don’t focus properly. This can become a snowball of personal harm. Therefore, by you Mental, physical and emotional health is just as important (if not more) than your occupational and economic health – they are interrelated.
Identify a therapist, health clinician, spiritual leader, life coach, fitness trainer and / or anyone who can support you into a better version mine. Call this person a “healer”.
Make time for physical activity, make healthy food choices, and spend time with loved ones. Make sure to invest the same as you do for your team members, you invest in yourself as well. It is up to you to create your rituals for personal success. What will they ask for?
Learn with your team members
Botha et al (2008) Claims that empowerment is key to growth: The best learning environments are created when there are real consequences for their individuals and communities of practice. Well, our failure as leaders in achieving key business performance metrics can have real professional consequences that can most certainly affect happiness. our personalities.
A new survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by Muse Health Hand Sanitizer, showing that 65% of those polled confirmed that the COVID-19 crisis provided a “wake-up call” to reach out to their community with 52% of their community volunteers. , for the first time, as a result of the pandemic.
What activities have you scheduled for which you will collectively meet with your tribe to discuss a common problem and / or learning opportunity?
Perhaps the community is discussing upcoming financial audit preparation strategies or discussing new state regulations to determine if your contractor should really be a part-time employee. .
The outstanding idea is that you are discussing these topics as one community leaders – members of your tribe, all focused on deliberate learning, sharing and developing best practices and supporting individual and collective success. of each other in the process. Transitioning to your tribe also helps build resilience.
How are you helping others in your tribe?
Similar to managing a list of elders in your tribe, remember that you are also the elder of a younger leader in your team.
We are all given a variety of different social perks based on race / ethnic structure, sex, sexual orientation, cognitive and physical abilities, etc. I think the important thing is Use some of these perks to become allies / conspirators of someone who may not be in the same position in society.
You have a unique opportunity to grow a diverse tribe that gives everyone access to opportunities and possibilities for a life of choice. There is something reciprocal about giving to others as a tribal core value.
While these five components are not the exhaustive steps for growing your tribe of entrepreneurs, they provide the basic building blocks for defining your comprehensive support network: What currently exists? What is the opportunity? As a leader, what personal needs do you have that you feel are not being met?
You are the only one who has the answers to those questions, and your tribe can be ready to assist you in accessing them. The bottom line is: It takes a village to raise a leader.