The Value of Collegial Support
By Stephanie Clark.
The internet is my friend. I watch commercial videos (the good and the funny, as well as a few clunkers!), and I enjoy inspirational photo-rich PowerPoints that friends share. And, because I work alone in a home office far from major cities, I take web-based teleclasses, webinars, teleconferences, you name it. These help me feel connected to my professional community, and relieve the isolation of a home-based business.
A recent webinar, promoting a new book by the energetic name of Mojo, exhorted those of us who work in isolation to find a mentor or colleague on whom we can rely to brainstorm, commiserate with, or uplift, and with whom we can work our way through the challenges inherent with small business ownership.
It struck me that I do have two such colleagues on whom I can rely when I am perplexed by a business problem, stumped by a resume conundrum, vexed by a client situation! Incredibly helpful and also a great relief to know that there is someone whose advice I value, who doesn’t mind my call or email, and who seems to be grateful to hear from me!
I think that it is true that most people enjoy being helpful. Most of us like being asked for our advice. And when you find that person who offers intelligent and reasoned suggestions or feedback, count your blessings!
(By the way, the definition of “collegial” is mutually respectful, uncompetitive, friendly, community. Right on.)
And did you know that CPC hosts a formal mentoring program for its Professional Members? Check it out under “Members Only.”