MENTORING, ACCOUNTABILITY & MASTERMIND GROUPS
Women business owners are typically working long hours, juggling family and work and isolated from other professional women. We all know that men form alliances and partnerships on golf courses while professional women leaders isolate themselves. That was me for most of my real estate career. I looked forward to conferences so I could learn and network but also to have quality social time with likeminded women. One conference we were awoken in the middle of the night due to a fire alarm. Two women with similar businesses in other parts of the country and I walked the streets of Tulsa until they let us back in our hotel room. It was during this unplanned meeting that we formed our weekly mastermind group. I can tell you now that I especially look forward to our weekly calls lasting an hour or so. On these calls, we discuss challenges we face, marketing strategies, employee best practices and so much more. We also created a google drive where we share our best materials and practices. We spent an intense weekend together working nonstop on perfecting our recruiting and onboarding documents.
My business structure and practices have greatly improved. But what I also value is the comradery we share with each other. I am a worker and employer. The ladies in my neighborhood for the most part are housewives and we have little in common. I like talking shop. With my mastermind group, I have this dynamic and look forward to every Friday morning we have blocked out to have our call.
I was fortunate to attend the last Tuck Executive Leadership training at Dartmouth fall 2016. The week was jam packed with information. I was so inspired by all of those incredibly successful ladies in the same room with me. But it didn’t stop there. A group of us are holding each other accountable and having webinar conferences to implement Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman. Prior to attending the Tuck program, I had listened to this book on audio but didn’t make the time to implement. Since the Tuck training, I have since sat down with my team and we created our Core Values. It was enlightening and team building. We are off and running and completing the steps set forth in this book. Until now, I was doing back flips to try instill the culture I wanted my company to have. Now the team is establishing our culture. This same awe inspiring group are planning a quarterly get together in different parts of the country to continue on our path to help each other with our challenges of managing and building our businesses.
We are supporting and inspiring each other. I am no longer alone in my challenging journey as a business owner. Our mastermind groups have filled the void and loneliness I experienced for too long. My business is running smoother and more efficiently and effectively. My personal joy is back.
Nancy Braun is the creative force behind Charlotte’s Showcase Realty (WBENC certified). Showcase Realty specializes in luxury real estate, buying & selling homes, short sales, foreclosures and Property Management. With her team of top real estate professionals focusing on technology and delivering a new kind of real-estate experience, Braun has positioned Showcase as the leading edge of the real estate industry, earning national and local recognition. Showcase Realty is committed to enriching the Charlotte community through selling homes, fostering neighborhood stabilization and promoting homeownership. Braun serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Charlotte and is consistently one of the organization’s Top 10 Donors.