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Alexandra Reese's Growth Guide

Actionable insights to improve your leadership, life, and impact

Welcome to the 20th edition of the Growth Guide! Today's edition is all about community. 

If you’re rolling your eyes at this word, I get it. Once marketers co-opted the word community, for many it became a dirty word that connotes commercialization and inauthenticity.

But community—in its purist form—is absolutely essential. It's fuel on the fire of your leadership growth journey. And that’s why community and culture is the topic of this upcoming series of Growth Guides. 

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In case you missed last week’s edition, I’d like to share a very exciting announcement: Coaching Essentials for Leaders is now open for registration! Through this experience, you will sharpen coaching skills in four key areas:

  1. Self Leadership
  2. People Leadership
  3. Courageous Conversations 
  4. Strategic Agility 

If you’re ready to unleash your energy, creativity, and performance, while building life-long relationships with growth-minded leaders, this opportunity is for you. 


One year ago (almost to the day!), I attended a two-day event that changed everything.

I had the privilege of attending Alan Weiss’ Six-to-Seven event. Over two days, thirteen fellow business owners and I learned cutting-edge strategies to grow our businesses from six to seven figures.

I’ve used the strategies, tactics, tips, and tricks I learned to transform my business over the last 12 months. And while immensely valuable, these insights were not the most valuable product of the experience.

It was this very special group of people who quite literally changed my life.

It can be lonely at the top. Whether you're a founder, CEO, single parent, or team leader, you need the right support network. We all need coaches, advisors, mentors, champions, and confidants. But particularly when you’re at or near the top, where you may not have peers within your organization to be your thought partner, challenge you, and push the bounds of your potential. 

Eight of us from this event have continued to meet over the last year to propel each other’s growth. We meet the first Thursday of each month to share updates, celebrate wins, and provide real meaningful support. It’s among my highlights every month. 

My wins have been much sweeter and my disappointments much easier because of this group. They inspire me, challenge me, and lift me up when I need it. I would not be where I am without these seven lovely people. 


As a leader, it's solely your responsibility to create community.

It’s an unfortunate truth that most organizations do not proactively offer coaching, mentorship, and developmental support for leaders, especially as they advance up-the-ladder (1). So, it’s not surprising that many leaders feel isolated. And that their performance and mental health suffer as a result. 

If you want to excel, you must cultivate your own community. In addition to those you hire for support, like coaches and advisors (see Growth Guide 15 for advice on how to get that right), you may want to build community with other growth-minded leaders. People who have walked in your shoes are in a unique position to:

  • Provide mutual support
  • Celebrate your wins
  • Encourage you
  • Get you out of your bubble
  • Challenge your thinking
  • Tell you the brutal truth

Do you have a community that provides this critical feedback and support? If not, are you really getting the support you need to reach your full potential?


When you're ready to strengthen your community, there are two ways I can help:

If you’d like to build lifelong relationships with other growth-minded leaders, I invite you to join Coaching Essentials for Leaders. When you attend all four workshops, you’ll unlock an immersive cohort experience that provides meaningful opportunities for you to build relationships for long-lasting mutual support. 

If you’d like to build community within your organization, stay tuned for next week’s Growth Guide. I’m kicking off a new series on how to build a vibrant organizational culture, specifically in hybrid and remote work environments. 


Additional Opportunities to Partner

One-on-one and Team Coaching: If you're ready to rapidly transform your leadership, life, and impact, I'm here to guide the way. As your coach, I'll work with you (and your leadership team, if desired) to clarify your vision and purpose, set bold goals, build an actionable strategy, and cultivate the mindset, beliefs, and behaviors necessary to achieve sustainable results with confidence, ease, and joy. If you're ready to improve your coaching skills, one-on-one and team coaching are great opportunities to do so.

Your Leadership Mindset Blueprint: What could you achieve if you felt engaged, motivated, and fulfilled--even when times are tough? How would you show-up differently for yourself, your team, and those you love if you felt calm, confident, and in control of your actions and reactions? How would it feel to navigate life with the support of someone who only has your best interests at heart, who listens without judgment, and who supports you in creating the life and legacy of your dreams? This life is possible! And it starts by shifting your mindset. This 4-hour experience will empower you to do just that with dramatic results. Read more and sign-up here.

Growth Advisory: You've been working diligently to grow your organization, but have yet to achieve sustainable results. Or perhaps you've done exceptionally well and are ready to take things to a new level. I can help you hone a compelling vision and strategy, then execute with confidence, ease, and joy. 


Links to Past Editions

Here are links to the first 19 editions:

Feb 16: How to become a Coaching Leader

Feb 9: Coaching skills for leaders

Feb 2: The #1 investment you should make to drive outstanding performance in 2023

Jan 26: The do's and don't's of transformation leadership in 2023

Jan 19: To hire a GREAT coach/ consultant, avoid these 3 mistakes

Jan 12: Four strategies to achieve goals with greater confidence and ease

Jan 5: The secret to setting effective goals

Dec 22Glean powerful insights from 2022 w/ this 3-step reflection process

Dec 15: Nine proven strategies to eliminate stress

Dec 1: Three things you can do now to boost success in 2023

Nov 17Eight signs you've got a feedback problem & how to fix it!

Nov 10: Make performance management your unfair advantage

Oct: 1/ The four elements of a high-performing leadership team, 2/ Cultivate an empowered leadership mindset

Sep: 1/ Replan for Q4, 2/ Jumpstart growth through self-awareness, 3/ Three Qs to save you BIG in your next strategy process 

Aug: 1/ Adapt your strategy process, 2/ Support your mid-level managers, 3/ Halt your mid-career crisis

Jul: 1/ Win with values, 2/ How to get hybrid work right, 3/ Vacation like a European

Jun: 1/ The mid-year review, 2/ Sharpen your creative skills, 3/ Win through failure

May: 1/ Prepare for downturns; 2/ Better, faster decisions; 3/ Embrace difference to improve performance

Apr: 1/ The Q1 review, 2/ Prime yourself for success, 3/ Focus your innovation investments for impact


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