Networking in the work place is probably just as important as doing a great job. If you are highly competent, capable and all that … but no one knows about it and your boss or his boss doesn’t recognize it, than all that brilliance and work fails to shine like a beacon. In my humble personal opinion networking is NOT about sucking up to bosses, and its not about finding and keeping people who can do something for you.
Recently I have been noticing more and more that I tend to act like a connector within my network. Someone needs to find someone with a particular competence, who may or may not be within my network, I’m far more likely to spread the message around or contact specific people with that particular competence/skill and put them in touch with each other.
The down side – while I seem to do this quite well for others, somehow I fail to carry it just as effectively for myself. I am far more effective and have better track record in helping out others with my network and I do give people access to my network as necessary, but I just can’t seem to do it for myself. Or maybe, I do achieve success but very subtly for myself … hmmm…. something to think about for sure…..
So here’s something that I could probably improve in….. reaping the benefits of my network for myself … lol !!!