Do you live far away from your family and friends? Do you often feel lonely and unsupported? In the professional field, do you generally think that you are never ready enough to face a new opportunity? For this cases, the support networks are really good personal tools.
Whatever the situation is, sharing fears, doubts, learnings and victories with a support network is essential, especially nowadays , since we live in times of uncertainty and chaos.
But what are the support networks?
Network: a network is a structure that has a pattern that characterizes it and that allows the interrelation of its nodes. Support: derived from the verb support: hold something, help maintain it, support it.
A support network, for the most part, is made up of people who are in the same situation, which facilitates mutual support. Networks are based on the pillars of respect, active listening, non-judging and trust, so that their members can open up in a totally safe way.
These networks can be in person or virtual, whatever! I have several support networks around the world to deal with all the issues that are part of my daily life: for maternity issues, for professional issues, to develop new personal skills.
Another network appeared in my life in June 2020, it is called #IamRemarkable.
What is #IamRemarkable?
#IamRemarkable is a Google’s global initiative to empower women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their achievements in the workplace. In practice, it’s a 90-minute workshop, free and open to all, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, and ethnicity.
What is its importance? In 2018, a McKinsey study found that racially and ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to obtain greater financial benefits than their peers. Companies with more directors outperformed others by 53%.
In today’s world, self-promotion is essential for career success, but research shows that women and underrepresented groups find self-promotion more challenging. It is also what we call impostor syndrome, where we sabotage ourselves and believe that we are never prepared for the opportunities that arise!
#IamRemarkable aims to make people aware that it is possible to resolve this situation by changing behaviors and developing new skills, all with the support of a group. The sessions are facilitated by people trained by the program itself and then the groups can continue to meet to follow up on the actions.
For me, the key point of the session is how it is facilitated. The facilitator does not have the objective of being the protagonist of the session, but the objective of helping the group to be the protagonist in their learning process.
See you soon!