When I was promoted from my staff position at a field site to a leadership position at our headquarters, it was an exciting and scary time.
I was excited to assume my new position but it was scary because it was a brand-new position, created because of a new law.
During the first meeting with my new boss, he explained his concept for the program and expectations for the position. We had an enjoyable conversation and I left his office feeling empowered to build an effective program to meet the needs of our stakeholders. I’d have the privilege to design and implement a multimillion dollar program!
As I sat in my office, I realized I would need a lot of help to achieve my vision for the program. But who and where would the help come from?
I was new to my position and new to headquarters. I didn’t know many people. In fact, I didn’t know who did what. So, who could I partner with to achieve success?
Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” – Paul Ryan
How do you find the right people to partner with to achieve success? The following five tips will help you identify the right individuals:
- Map out your vision – clearly define the outcome you want to achieve. Start with the end in mind and build your map to achieve your desired outcome.
- Identify the different tasks to be completed
- Research current trends and best practices
- Reach out and connect with individuals responsible for involved areas
- Seek to add value to others before asking for help
According to Steve Jobs, “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”
Now for the rest of the story…
During my tenure in that position, I worked with numerous departments to design a platform to meet the needs of our stakeholders. I partnered with IT, finance, human resources, professional development and operations. The platform we built is still being used today.
As you partner with others to achieve success, remember what my mentor, Dr. John C. Maxwell, said “one is too small a number to achieve greatness.”
Who can you partner with to achieve success?
Dr. Kim Moore, guiding YOU to lead with confidence!
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