I got an email from a longtime friend who’s been following me for several years. She said she was inspired by reading Flashionista to do two things that changed her life. She colored her hair AND she started a group for several women who, like herself, needed to get unstuck. They get together regularly and coach one another.
Seems the new hair color boosted her self-confidence enough to go out and gather together other women she knew could use a boost. This was great news! It’s happening all over that groups of women are finding strength in one another.
Her email inspired me to tell you about a similar group that I affectionately call my posse but is aka my Creative Mastermind Group.
About 5 months ago I sent out an email to women I know who are over 45, have at least 20 years work experience and are now reinventing themselves and/or their careers. I explained that the purpose of the group was to build a “personal board of directors,” that could help us solve problems that we were facing with our individual projects.
The initial meeting drew about 15 women. I asked for a 6 month commitment from each one, and together we laid out a plan for creating forward momentum. By the third meeting the group had dwindled down to the “core six.”
The “core six” all happen to have existing businesses and similar goals that include building and marketing our businesses. At our January meeting, we decided to recommit to another 6 months, pool our resources and hire a PR coach. We worked out 6-month plan with her to coach us on several key areas in which we all felt we needed improvement.
February was the first meeting with our coach. Our homework, which we had to submit at least a week prior to the meeting, was to Describe Your Brand. I’ll keep you posted on what happens next.