Ken Gosnell here. I had a great one on one session with a business owner on Friday. He made the statement, “I am tired of trying to do everything alone, I need the wisdom of others around me.”
This same idea was referenced in the book, “The 12 Week Year,” by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington. You can get the book here. They wrote the following words about the power of others.
“There was a fascinating article in Fast Company in May 2005, entitled “Change of Die,” that presented studies conducted with patients who had severe medical conditions that required lifestyle changes in order to live.
The sad fact was that after only 12 months, 90 percent of the patients had reverted back to their old lifestyles, virtually guaranteeing an impending death. Faced with the imminent threat of death, an overwhelming majority of people still failed to consistently make more productive choices.
There was a group that had a much higher success rate – almost seven times greater. These patients were involved in peer support sessions, and they had a success rate of nearly 80 percent. The groups not involved in peer support had a 10 percent success rate. These statistics remind me of what George Shinn, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team, once said, “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.”
The groups involved in peer support met on a regular basis and discussed their progress, struggles, and challenges. By encouraging one another, they generally stayed on track.
The lesson is that if you are implementing change, don’t go it alone. Your chances of success are seven times greater if you employ peer support.”
This leadership secret is one that I get to practice with the members of the CEO Roundtables that I lead. We support each other to accomplish more than we ever thought we could do alone.