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    3 To-Dos For Women Leaders To Surround Themselves With The Right People

    Women business leaders should evaluate the company they keep, both within the business day and socially.

    Have you ever spent time with someone and wondered. “Why am I wasting my time?” There is an old proverb that reads, “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.”

    Quite often we become like the people we’re around. Based on that, we must be cautious about whom we surround ourselves with because of the short- and long-term implications.

    I have worked with people who looked for negative alliances. A group of actively disengaged employees would hang around together, waiting for the opportunity to talk about how bad things were.

    We all know that if you hang around people who don’t like their jobs or their lives, you’ll become like them.

    Clint Swindall, president and CEO of Verbalocity, a personal development company, suggests 3 “to dos”  to help you surround yourself with the right people:

    1. Analyze your crew

    Surround yourself with people who support and challenge you. Create a support system of  people who enhance your life and will help you reach your goals. Do an analysis of your circle of friends and evaluate whether they add to your life or take away from it. Measure their successes by what you are aspiring to.

    2. Filter out the negativity

    You know that you have good instincts – use your antennae to find the negativity and them make sure that you keep it as far away from your life as possible. Refuse it. Not only does it impact our perspective regarding our own lives, it impacts our mental health.

    If there are negativity supporters or exponents in your organization, you need to have a serous talk with them. If they refuse to change their attitude, you have to get rid of them. They can foster and fester a cancer that will spread through your company and kill your goals, dreams and, ultimately, your livelihood.

    While your success can be determined in part by whom you surround yourself with, it can also be determined in part by whom you choose to not surround yourself with.

    3. Dedicate time to the relationships

    Our lives are so busy that sometimes we have to dedicate the time to interact with the people who mean the most to us. If you need to schedule time to keep in touch with friends and family, put it on a calendar.

    If you’re around someone with a cold, you’ll probably catch the cold. What are you catching from the people around you? These relationships in your professional and personal life are as important to your success as the work itself. Do everything in your power to surround yourself with the right people.


    Not often are successful businesses run by one single person; generally you’ll need a very strong support staff that is committed and faithful to the goals of the company. If there are naysayers or negativity artists on board, success will inevitably be derailed before the train gets a full head of steam.

    Use your intuition to select people around you who will compliment and contribute to your goals and boot the detractors off the train before any serious damage is done.

    Read Clints entire Forbes.com article, Surround Yourself with the Right People.


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