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When you build a purposeful community of colleagues that want you to succeed as much as you do; you are only one phone call away from the support you need.
Porter Gale, author of Your Network is Your Net Worth has an interesting perspective. She challenges people to reframe how they think about their net worth by placing a higher value on the meaningful connections we actively maintain with others. Those relationships translate into business opportunities which impact your personal bottom line.
You Need a Strong Tribe to Survive
We never seem to have time to network and build strong relationships yet when we need them the most, we really wish we had. We also don’t put much thought into building a purposeful community that we can rely on. We typically pick up people as we move throughout our career with very little foresight and planning. Now is the time to fix all of that and begin building steady habits that you can use throughout your career.
As the CEO of YOU Inc., think about networking as filling your advisory board and building a dream team that will help your company (career) flourish and grow no matter what life throws at it. When pivoting to a new industry you might just be staring out at a lot of empty seats. Don’t let this scare you. It is not as difficult as you may think.
- Take a long look at how your network stacks up. Do they all fit into your current world?
- Determine the network you need to reach your goals.
- Identify the gaps.
- Build a plan to strengthen your community and close those gaps fast!
- Remember, people like to help and we never win alone.
There are many different ways to network – It doesn’t always mean you have to be working a room.
Many introverts and extroverts alike would rather have a root canal then network. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By knowing where you want to go and building a fantastic story around it, you will be amazed at how much easier it will be to share that with others.
Still not convinced? Here’s the reality – less than 10% of Gen Xer’s or Baby Boomer’s found their most recent job on a job board. Those who make over 100K are least likely to find their job through a job board or employer website. Stop wasting your time feeling busy and working the job boards.