Growing up is hard to do...
For 8 years now Opendoorz has been an integral part of our members’ business development strategies, providing a high-quality networking community. So much of what makes Opendoorz unique and successful is held in mine and Cathy’s heads: - the ethos, personality and culture, not to mention the processes we know make for effective networking.
Opendoorz, you might say, has been our baby and we know it (and love it) inside out and backwards! But our ‘baby’ is growing up and, just like real children, needs more people to be involved in nurturing it, caring for it and helping it grow.
Expanding Opendoorz into pastures new (our Reading group launched last month and a new group on Milton Park in Didcot is imminent) means we’ve had to review our strategy, ethos and position within the networking arena in order to articulate it to new Associate Directors who are joining us on this journey. That’s meant having a serious think about getting what we know into a clear and concise format - “The idiots guide to running a successful business networking group the Opendoorz way!”
It was time to take a step back, lift our heads above the parapet and re-familiarise ourselves with why Opendoorz exists, what it’s trying to achieve and how we want to go about doing that. So we started by reviewing our vision, mission and values and were rather shocked to find they sounded like they’d been lifted directly from a business coaches notes! Integrity, trust, reliability…. All good words but not exactly unique. How embarrassing – we sounded just like everyone else that had gone before. Time for a radical rethink.
We sat down (without our customary fizz - see what responsible parents we’ve become!) and thrashed back and forth what really mattered to us, to our members and to those involved in this wonderful networking community we’re developed.
We started the process prepared for battle but soon found the ideas we had, the words we wrote tripped off the tongue. Why? Because there were no rules. This was about exploring why Opendoorz works, how it helps our great network of business owners, what it can offer to even more businesses in new areas and what matters about us to the charities we support. It all came straight from the heart.
We quizzed our members, chatted to guests and searched our souls to understand why Opendoorz is so special and this is what we came up with.
To be the business networking group of choice for inspirational business owners, partners and directors.
For each Opendoorz group to deliver a unique, vibrant, educational and fun environment where long term trusted relationships are forged, develop and thrive.
What matters to us...(Values)
Success comes from the quality of our members, their connections, the relationships they develop and the opportunities they create. Each new member is chosen because of the value they can add.
Bringing out the best in everyone…
By providing a supportive yet challenging environment we actively encourage personal and professional development through education, the sharing of ideas, constructive feedback and involvement in the growth of the group.
Having a ‘Grown Up’ Approach…
We believe that by treating others with respect and courtesy relationships flourish and thrive with no need for 101 rules and regulations!
Energise and motivate…
We will strive to motivate others in a positive and productive manner. Staying passionate, energetic, fresh-thinking and open to new ideas.
Generosity of Spirit…
Being mindful, making the time and proactively supporting others through connections, introductions and collaborations.
Although serious about business, we always remember to have a little bit of fun along the way!
set out why we’re so passionate about Opendoorz, what we offer our members that’s unique and how we want to do business. These are embedded into everything
we do and are integral to how all our Opendoorz groups, in Oxford, The Cotswolds, North Oxford, Henley and as we move into Reading and Didcot (Milton
Park) operate. With these as our guiding ‘North Star’ we know Opendoorz and its members have a bright future and we can’t wait to get started!
From the mouth of a founding member of the Reading group;
“After visiting a couple of groups, I was really impressed with the overall structure of the meetings which not only meant that some great relationships were being made but the level of quality learning was great. When I heard a new group was opening in Reading, I had no hesitation in joining as one of the first members because I knew this was exactly the type of networking group I needed to be a part of in order to take my business in the direction I want to go.” Ryan Irving Director RIWeb