When we start out in our career, we are often like little kids with a thirst to learn how to navigate the world around them. We start out in a career fresh out of school ready to dive into our chosen field and make our mark. As a new recruit we will dive in head first to learn all we can from those around us, those that went before us, articles, conferences and any other way we can soak in information. As a young business person we quickly learn that being an expert in our field allows us opportunities to grow further in our career as others seek our advice.
As time goes on, the young person learns that being an expert is not the only thing they need to know. They find out that they must learn to relate well with others, keep their bosses informed, deal with unhappy clients and a myriad of other soft skills that they may not have learned in school. If they are lucky, they will find a mentor in their organization that can help them navigate the rough waters of corporate life. Often a mentor is the best way to get real time feedback on yourself, seek guidance on navigating through trials and tribulations and learn from someone else who as gone through what they have gone through. If you are lucky enough to find a mentor who is willing to take the time to work with you, then odds are you can make it to the top of your field.
Once the young business person has made it to the executive ranks, they find that the opportunities for growth and learning have shrunk dramatically. No longer are there older mentors in the organization to learn from because they are the older person. They can try and seek outside sources for knowledge, but they are often too time consuming for busy executives and don’t apply to the real world cases they are going through. They are often left to trial and error to guide themselves through trials or become a mentor to others as they slowly move to retirement.
There is now a growing movement that is bringing new options for growth and learning for executives. Executive forums are proving to be a convenient and valuable tool for executives to share experiences, rely on each other and learn valuable new skills. If you have not experienced an executive forum, it is truly a unique experience. Executive forums usually consist of executives who share similar goals or career situations. They can consists of CEOs, VPs, directors, entrepreneurs, consultants or many other skilled executives. In the group they share their biggest struggles where they can help each other think through problems, challenge each other and hold each other accountable for growth. Because these forums are dealing with current problems, it is 100% applicable to the real world. These forums are like having multiple mentors focused on your issues, but also give executives the opportunity to share their experience with others.
Executive forums have become great way for executives to become like a new recruit again, eager to learn and grow. No longer do they need to be forced to walk in the dark as they navigate through murky waters, but can rely on others in real time who are going through or have gone through the same things. ExecuGrowth has developed a unique platform that fits into the busy lives of executives and is highly effective at delivering a personal and unique experience for executives. Its online platform is convenient and allows executives to get a tailored group experience. If you are looking for a way to continue your growth journey, take a look at ExecuGrowth’s peer networks at www.execugrowth.com. #executivelearning