There’s been evolution, chop’n’change and new incarnations, but our first member initiative to bring together groups of Women in Business to support each other reach their goals, is still going strong.
What is “Make It Happen” (MiH)?
Back in May 2015, WLWiB facilitated the creation of small group connections known as MiH Groups, through proving a guidance framework for problem solving and matching up members.
Michelle Herron of Enhance People Consultants, took the 50 strong group of West Lothian Women In Business members through a workshop on how to use Action Learning to help them solve their business challenges through the help of a like-minded group.
“Action Learning is a process that involves a small group working on real problems, taking action and learning while doing so.”
Keep “Moaning to a minimum”
Members took away suggested rules of engagement to get their groups started like,
- be a supportive, proactive action based group
- keep “moaning” to a minimum
- actively listen without interrupting
- ask open questions
Many of our members are solopreneurs or work with very small teams, the MiH groups give these members an opportunity to confidentially run issues, concerns and aspirations through their virtual “management team” gaining support that would otherwise not be there.
One year on and there are still 5 groups, some members have moved on due to time constraints or it not being right for them at this time, some achieved their goals quickly, one group is now operating as accountability partners, while another group have adapted the Action Learning Process, finding powerful results through the “Open Questioning and Listening” process. Most groups have evolved how they operate and developed their own meeting formats and frequencies to suit.
The intention of the MiH idea was to facilitate small group connections for our members that would not otherwise have happened. Through introducing a “done for you” group format it offered tried and tested problem solving tools that have been used very successfully to help overcome business challenges and achieve goals.
If you are a member or are interested in knowing more about our MiH groups, would like to join one or set one up for yourself, get in touch or come along to one of our events and chat to one of the steering group.