Sharing industry information is a part of every workplace.
But do you collaborate about your industry with professionals outside of your company? A recent acquaintance introduced me to this concept.
He’s a part of a group of professionals who are in the same industry, from different companies who get together regularly to exchange industry information and trends. The group even started a blog where they collaboratively share their insights and have built up an impressive readership.
Sharing perspectives with colleagues within your organization can you give a good, but narrow view into your industry. But collaborating with professionals outside of your workplace can provide a multi-dimensional outlook of what’s really going on and what others are doing to address challenges and reach targets.
I thought this was such an interesting concept that it made me want to find my own industry group. But then I thought, where do I find one? I think the easiest thing to do is start your own.
Whether you’re in technology, healthcare or hospitality, look around at your group of friends, professional network and family to see who shares your industry. Then reach out to those who are interested in or who are already up-to-date on the latest industry news. Organize a one-hour call or in-person meeting once a month to share trends, challenges and how you’re each addressing them. It can even start with you and one other person, just set a date to meet, get the word out and soon others will want to join.
Joining or starting an industry group outside of your organization can help you gain a different perspective about your industry, and give you a well-rounded view you can use to be in the know and give you an edge at your own company.
Do you belong to an industry group?