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“This is a relationship culture, but it’s hard to break in. There’s a closed network of people who have known each other for a long time. Or, because of who you know, you’re let into the circle.” These are some of the comments I hear from professionals all too often. Like it or not, relationships have a lot to do with whether or not you make it through the funnel to the higher level roles. Do you have the relationships you need to help you move ahead of other professionals? What does it take to be in the circle?
Relationships are an important part of every facet of our lives. They are just as important at work as they are at home. The need for relationships is human nature. In fact, the need for the sense of belonging and connectedness is one of our fundamental needs – the third level on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. According to Maslow, we innately long for a sense of belonging and acceptance among our social groups.
Professionally, we call these connections our network. If you were to describe your network, what would you say? Would you talk about the number of people in your network? Or, would you describe the quality of your network….the connections and relationships you have with people? Continue reading