Jacky Sherman

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Collaboration In Adversity

We have to think imaginatively ...

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Posted by Jacky Sherman on 18/03/2020 @ 8:00AM

We’re all in for tough times over the next few months and I suspect the ramifications will be felt for much longer. We were discussing collaboration in adversity in our Asentiv team meeting this morning and the need to be supportive of each other, our client and our business contacts ...

A strategy of collaboration in adversity will help see us all through!

A strategy of collaboration in adversity will help see us all through!

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We were reminded of the moving story one of our founders Eddie Esposito gave about how he got involved in the business in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina which devastated his home neighbourhood as well as most of New Orleans.

"It was the philosophy of collaboration, support and community that drew him to want to be part of the organisation!"

What I didn’t know until today was that Eddie’s experience then influenced the foundation stone for our methods. What we call our Emotionally Charged Connection ®. This describes the, often hidden, real reason we choose the business we’re in.

All our clients explore this and share it with their close business relationships and it inspires and motivates others to want to help them and gives them the will to get through the hard times as well as the good.

So as their coaches, we hear a lot of histories about our clients' experiences and it’s surprising how often these are stories of overcoming adversity in some form or another. Also, how often it is about how others, either a single individual or a group, helped them in that process and now they want to pass that on to others.

A community comes into its own when faced with adversity. Members pull together and help each other to not just survive but thrive, strengthen their bonds and grow from the experience!

As a small business owner I, like many others, found that sense of community through belonging to business networks. Whenever I ask people what they get from attending such groups usually the first response is, "support!" In my own courses, it is noticeable how people quickly develop relationships to help each other overcome challenges.

It’s not surprising really because we have evolved as social animals and our strength and success come from working together. As John Donne amongst others said, “No Man is an island”.

So when we humans are faced with forces we don't understand or can’t control, our instinct is to band together. One of the hardest parts of this present crisis is that the solution is to self-isolate, keep our distance, hide away at home and the prospect is that this is for months, or even longer.

My tip is about how to overcome this. We have to think imaginatively about how we can be together whilst being apart, and I think it starts with keeping in touch. So if you’re self-isolating, or just feeling you’re on your own, take the initiative and phone up someone to check how they are feeling and explore how you can help each other.

"The best idea someone shared with me recently was to
have an online coffee together!"

Maybe you talk business, offer support have a chat or just listen. I bet you’ll both feel better afterwards and then pass that feeling on to others as a smile is more infectious than any virus. That kind of pandemic I think we can live with.

See you online soon!

Until next time ...



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About Jacky Sherman ...


I help people build and maintain productive working relationships both with their work colleagues and with a wider network to win more business. I do this by combining my skills in coaching, mediation and training with my extensive experience in senior management.

What I love most about my work is when my clients get those a-ha moments because I know they have seen for themselves the way that they want to move forward. Then they will achieve their ambitions.

Helping people who are having challenges with their working relationships gives me enormous pleasure. It was my privilege when working in health care to see how people working together can make the impossible seem easy and accomplish miracles as a result.

So helping people build or restore strong relationship with their colleagues makes even the hardest work easier, alleviates distress for the individual and reduces problems for the whole organisation.

In all this work trust is an essential ingredient to winning business so most of my work comes through referrals. Referrals come through strong business relationships so it was a natural extension for me to train others in how to get consistent and predictable referrals from their network.

What a fantastic way to earn a living!


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