Having just finished my positive psychology course and nearing the end of my Better Leader course, I have taken away some great nuggets for daily life as well as business.
One of those nuggets is ‘Social Capital’. Whilst I had heard the term before I hadn’t really viewed it as anything other than growing my network. In fact, at its most powerful it is, as stated by Wayne Baker, ‘Consciously and deliberately building networks that enable you to achieve your goals, fulfil your mission and make your contribution to the world.’
That got me thinking about my networks in a very different way;
1. Am I maximizing my connections to achieve my goals?
2. Am I connecting others across my networks to help them achieve their goals?
3. Who else would I like in my networks?
4. What am I prepared to do to grow and nurture my networks?
Its one thing being a ‘member’ of a network/club, it’s another thing to actively engage with each other to see how, through the power of reciprocity, we can truly help each other fulfil our potential, thus positively changing the world around us.
Back to the drawing board for me! I realise that whilst I have been a part of the BaP community for nearly 3 years I have not taken enough time to get to know who our members are and what they can offer (and with over 100 members that’s a lot of social capital not being utilized!), yet BaP provides us with the perfect opportunity to do so by working alongside them through their Connect & Grow events (next one 16th April – Limited numbers so book now if interested!) and the new CurryWorks Club events and of course their Business Skills Academy (which brings high quality speakers/trainers to us at a fraction of the cost they would usually pay for their events).
So this month I leave you with a few questions to ask yourself;
1. As you reflect on members of your networks, are you taking time to find out their needs?
2. What groups are over or under represented in your network?
3. Where would you like to strengthen relationships and where might you cut some loose?
4. Who can help you develop any additional skills you might need to achieve your goals?
5. How will you diversify your connections?
6. Have you committed time this month to connect with your BaP community? Consider the Connect & Grow and Guyers House Fun Networking Event (16th April) OR the Curry Works club, casual networking in Bath (28th April)
When we take the time to check our social capital and take the necessary actions to strengthen it, we not only gain personally, we position ourselves to be able to do more for others.
YvonneB – BaP Ambassador Lead