Sally Henderson
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7 steps to finding the right support to achieve professional growth

As a senior leader you can’t possibly expect to do it all on your own - so finding the right help is an essential part of the job - but it can be daunting knowing when and how to ask for help without feeling like you’re failing or being judged.  

I’ve put together these 7 practical steps to guide you as you start to look for the right person or approach, to support you with your professional growth.

  1. Stop and breathe. Before you can ask for help, you need to stop what you’re doing and take a moment to breathe (contrary to what you might think, this will not lead to instant collapse). Taking in more oxygen leads to more clarity of thought. And ask yourself: How self-aware am I? Do I actually know what I need?

  2. The next thing you need to ask yourself is: Am I looking for what I think I need – or what I know I want? 

  3.  Identify the right support. Who do I want around me – what are the criteria? Write them down. Create a shortlist (lists are great for embedding clarity of thought): Who will actually help me? One person alone may not have all the answers so perhaps look for a team. 

  4. Time for action: Set a deadline for the first touch point with this person/team. 

  5. Actually do it and meet your potential partner(s)! Before the meeting, create a scorecard to really clarify the criteria - and don’t be afraid to use it. 

  6. Commit to a marathon not a sprint. This is not a quick fix, nor does it need be a relationship for life. 

  7. Don’t be scared. And don’t invest lightly. Afterall, as with anything you get what you pay for. 

And finally, remember to enjoy it! 

We all need someone to support us and nourish us – and to push us and challenge us – and the results can be transformational. I hope this short guide to finding the right support helps you and your business reach full potential. 

Sally