Tribes have been around for centuries and we know why – because they are f/cking awesome. Tribes are a group of like-minded individuals who share similar set of beliefs and values. They also serve as a strong support network who cheer you on when you’re absolutely crushing it and who re-energize you when you’re running on fumes. Said another way, they got your back and you have theirs. Period.
So, how can you cultivate a tribe of your own? Here are three easy tips for the taking.
Get Your Brand Right
If you’ve found yourself always caught up in workplace drama or talking poorly about your job or colleagues you may find that you’re not attracting the right squad. It’s time to push pause and get your mind right. Sit down and make a list of how you want others to view you. If there is a gap between your current brand and desired brand, find and focus on three goals you’d like to accomplish within the next 60 days.
Set Coffee Dates
Ever notice how people always come to the meetings with food? Use this tactic to your advantage. Set up a few coffee dates with girl bosses, guy bosses; meet with the janitor if you think they can be an ally! The point is, take time to connect with people that inspire you, make you feel confident and shoot straight. Ask about their experiences and share your goal list with them. Peers are much more likely to help you, be your brag bitch and advocate for you if they know what you’re striving for.
Be a Hype (Wo)Man
Chances are you’re not the only one looking to find a tribe. When you see a new employee struggling (no matter what their rank in the organization) reach out and check in with them. Ask them what they are working on. Share some insider knowledge. When you hear someone talking about their work, amplify it. Give others credit in meetings. This will also show you have a better sense of what’s going on in the organization. Can anyone say win, win?
Follow these three steps and pretty soon you'll have more connections than Verizon! Already have a tribe? We'd love to hear your #quicktips!