Who is in your support network?

Who is in your support network?

As an EA, PA or in any office support type of role, the one thing that is crucial to your success is having a strong support network.

Many people feel that they have to know how to do everything to be at the top of their game but in fact, the opposite is true. By creating a strong support network around you, it allows you to ensure that your success remains on track without you spreading yourself too thin and achieving less than your best.

The reality is that to succeed in any role you must have a strong network of people around you. Whether they be family, friends, employees, employers, clients, suppliers – whatever their role, they need to have the same vision as you, the same understanding of where you are headed and the support you need to achieve those goals.

Types of networks

To achieve your success (what ever that might be), you will need to build more than one network. An article in the Harvard Business Review puts the figure at three and classifies them as operational, strategic and personal. This makes complete sense.

Operational networking focuses on getting the work done, so your network will be built from the people you work with.

Strategic networking focuses on organisational development and your personal and organisational goals. Your network will be made up of stakeholders and influential people in your industry.

Personal networking covers your own personal and professional development. Your network will include coaches, mentors, friends and even colleagues.

As you can see, each form of networking has its own function and focus, but sometimes even the most experienced leaders make the mistake of building one network to cover everything. While members of one network might also belong to another, it’s important that you populate your networks with people who can properly support and guide you.

Take a look at your current networks. Do you have support across these three key areas? If not, it’s time to start looking for the right people to start networking with.

Working with your networks

Be clear and concise with those in your network.

  • Let them know what support you need. If you don’t ask, how will they know?
  • Tell them if you have deadlines to meet.
  • Share your successes and failures with them.
  • Ask for advice, referrals or introductions when you need them.

Ultimately, clear communication is what is needed to allow you to perform well in your role as leader.

By ensuring that those in your network are all working with the same mindset and goals, it means you have someone else to shoulder some of the burden and when you share the burden it suddenly becomes a lot easier to deal with. Your journey to success can be one of the stressful and tiring, but it will be a lot easier when you have a strong support network in place.

Do you have strong support networks in place? I’d love you to share your experiences with me.  Please leave me a comment telling me how you found the right people to network with and what difference it has made to you and your career.

Athena Coaching

Linda Murray is a successful businesswoman, coach, strategist and mentor, speaker and trainer. Linda’s talent is teaching women to increase their commercial success while using their authentic feminine approach. She mixes her personal experience in business, her strong academic background and her observations of hundreds of businesses to show businesswomen and female executives how to enjoy greater commercial outcomes and accelerated individual success. Linda has coached countless clients to greater success through improved business strategies, increased profits, leadership development, increased team engagement and greater personal satisfaction and commercial confidence. Linda balances the extremes required in business. She has the unique ability to focus on both the big picture and the details; the numbers and the people; the sales and the administration; the left-brain and the right-brain. Linda has a track record in assisting women in business and female executives to identify the commercially profitable big picture strategy and then create an achievable action plan to implement it. Linda built her first successful business in her early 20s, growing her business to a team of 25 bookkeepers and financial controllers. Linda’s business model modernised the bookkeeping industry dramatically – by constantly challenging the traditional models of client management and service delivery. After experiencing the results that business coaching delivered in her business, Linda became passionate about coaching. Linda sold her financial business to start Athena Coaching, where her clients enjoy the benefit of her proven commercial experience combined with state of the art coaching support and her exceptional academic background. Linda has a Masters of Business Coaching, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Philosophy), is an Accredited Professional Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner.


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