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๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐˜€

Updated: Jul 10



Sometimes life feels like a fight. A Challenge Network contains people offering tough, constructive advice to enable the best you*.


Some people love you unconditionally but may hesitate to give blunt feedback. Challengers may not offer the advice you want to hear, but tell you what you need to know.


To build this network, include diverse role models willing to be candid** and complementing personalities (e.g. introvert / extrovert) to broaden your perspective.


For specific advice, ask what went well and could improve, such as, โ€œ๐‘Šโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘กโ€™๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐ผ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘‘ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ?โ€ for useful feedback.


For general advice on growth, explain your desired outcome, key values, and current plans to start a productive discussion.


Ironically, you may hesitate to get advice ๐—ถ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚'๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป. Challengers know that success happens after failure(s), so instead of judging they will focus on learning and moving forward.


Meeting every 3-6 months feels right to avoid being too demanding.


Successful leaders confront both external and internal challenges. This network rewards your courage to grow into your best.


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* Adam Grant coined the term Challenge Networks and describes Challengers as, โ€œSomebody who pushes you because they believe in you. They are not willing to settle for something that is not your absolute best work.โ€


** Post on Candor can be found here: https://www.webuildscalegrow.com/post/52485455


Photo by Wade Austin Ellis who can be found here: instagram.com/wadeaustinellis


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