Last week, Jodi Womack spoke at an event sponsored by the University of Memphis called, "Lunch With A Leader."
One of her main topics was building up what she calls Team You. The students had many questions, and I captured a couple - along with Jodi's responses...
How do I start building the team I will need after I graduate?
Start now. Begin by establishing your professional profile on LinkedIn (online), attending networking events like this (in person) and make a business card or print up a booklet that captures what you're interested in and all about (in print).
Begin letting people know right now what you can anticipate looking for 1, 2, or even 3 years from now.
What can I do if some of the people in my network are not as supportive of me as I change and uplevel my goals?
First, read chapter 5 of Jason's book (thank you, Jodi!) 'cause it's all about doing just that. Then, look around and focus on the 90 days. In that time, invite one new person a week to a coffee or lunch. Think about it, if you meet one new person a week, in 3 months you may be able to find one or two GREAT connections to add to your team.
It was great to see Jodi in action, and from the group surrounding her at the end of the presentation, students asking her even more questions, I believe they enjoyed their time as well.