You are the average of the five people you spend most time with.
Here’s four reasons why and twelve questions to help you find out if you’ve got the right five for you.
I’m really not sure how to frame this one up people. If you don’t have a focused learning goal and a learning strategy to improve your knowledge or skills then you’re already way off the pace. Your five should contain people you can learn from and who can learn from you, with everybody actively trying to level up their knowledge to bring more to the group.
You know that game where you are trying to find a hidden object in a room and the person who hid it gives you the cues as to whether you’re getting “warmer” or “colder”. Can you imagine playing that game where all the feedback was you got was “you’re doing really well, keep going”…? That’s why you need both positive and negative feedback. And I purposefully saying negative rather than ‘constructive’ because you need to hear it raw. Then you can determine its validity and decide whether you need to work constructively, and with the group, on your solution.
Receiving negative feedback is hard but remember that equally it is difficult for most people to give it. The best way to do it therefore is to have it as a matter of principle in your group and be explicit about when you want it.
The impact of culture is undeniable. If you’ve been abroad for more than 5 minutes you will have seen the differences in how things are done and the expectations. You’ll also recall the different workplace cultures you were in and you’ll know which ones brought the best out in you. The mini-culture in your group of five is critical.
This links all of the other three points together. You should be learning so you can raise your game, getting feedback on what you’re doing and encouraging each other in a high performance culture. All of this needs to take place in the context of your own personal challenge.
If you’ve gone through this and you’ve got your five mapped out then great, you already know the difference they make to you. If you don’t then I suggest you take 10 minutes to write down what group norms would help to drive you forward and what type of people you want in there. Then go and find them.
It’s not easy to find the right five. It can be hard to find even one of them. If you want to increase your chances then you should take our four week programme (https://www.mindsetexperts.co.uk/4-week-accelerator/). It gives you the framework to change your mindset around learning, feedback and challenge. It will connect you with a group that can raise your norms, people who want to see what they are capable of. You can start to build a group of mutual benefit which brings out the best in you and in them.
Find your five and raise your game. Or keep doing it the way you’ve always done it.
Make your choice.
Working with the group has been powerful for me. In one of our group sessions, we
committed together to taking a bold action. For me, that means going to physical
places and selling my product. It feels so good facing your fear – showing your face
in a public space, facing that rejection, building resilience. We have so many barriers
and blockers in our minds, but talking with the group really opened up new options.
We are like-minded, but we don’t think alike – we all have a different way of looking
at things. It’s a culture of respect and of authenticity, where I don’t feel judged.
– Stefania Pellegrino, Managing Director of Purely Plantain