But sometimes finding the right path while battling to overcome a busy work/life balance can be a challenge.

It’s in those tough times, the thought of having help to navigate these challenges must seem like an idea almost too good to be true.

For one group of 10 Ergon Energy women who’ve been involved in a pilot program designed to help drive their pursuit of achieving their goals, it’s an idea that has become a very happy reality.

Inspired by the book Lean in: women, work and the will to lead, by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, the lean-in circle has been able to provide one group of women with valuable support in the workplace.

The book makes for some powerful reading.

“While we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve your wildest dream, we can promise that joining a circle will give you the support to go for it – more than 80% of members say they’re more likely to take on a new challenge or opportunity because of their circle.

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General Manager Human Resources and Shared Services Belinda Watton said the support group is a great way for women to exchange ideas in a relaxed, inclusive environment.

“The support of women in the workplace is an important part of Ergon Energy’s commitment to diversity, it would be great to see more lean-in circles emerge across the state,” she said.

Diversity and the support of women in the workplace has been a big focus of our Chief Executive Ian McLeod.

It was this sort of support that prompted Senior Improvement and Innovation Advisor Melissa McIntyre to suggest the concept to Ergon after seeing the benefits first-hand during a lean in circle run with professionals across Brisbane.

The group meet fortnightly, accessing a free video and activity guide on topics including leadership and communication. These sessions offer practical skills that can be applied both personally and professionally.

Lean in group member Andrea Smith said, “it was reassuring to meet and connect with other women in business and realise we’re facing a lot of the same challenges.

The program helped me figure out where to focus and what to do to get the outcomes I’m looking for at work and home.”

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