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How many times have you been told, ‘you
really have to network’? That networking is ‘essential for your growth and
Do you jump up and down with joy at this
idea, eager to get out there and meet new people? Or do you cringe with horror,
thinking you’d much rather be spending your time doing something else you
actually like, is more fun or seems more worthwhile than notching up a couple
more friends on your Facebook page?
The adage ‘It’s not what you know, it’s
who you know’ has significant more weight now more than ever.
Jobs are taken
before they are advertised and previously unthought-of collaborations appear
out of nowhere to create new and competitive markets and steal market share.
Add to this, the challenges and pressure
of coming up with new ideas to help us remain relevant and influential in a
saturated business landscape and it’s no wonder most of us hide behind our computers
and feel paralysed with fear.
But here’s the thing:
really in your network and how much input or influence do they have in
what you’re doing or trying to achieve?
do they really truly know you?
can they help you?
they simply a “friend”, a “connect” and or heaven forbid a filed business
Now I agree that building a sales lead
generation list is critical for the growth of any business endeavor, and there
is no doubt the explosive social media scene has made finding particular
networks easier – this at the end of the day is Networking 101.
But what about the network of you? You
see, the right network of you is about having the right people and the right
relationships in your professional and personal life. The ones that will help
you grow and achieve your dreams.
Without a network of you, opportunities
are missed, new possibilities aren’t presented, your thinking gets stagnant and
the dreams and career aspirations you once had become unreachable. We change
jobs, we move locations and suddenly you have to start out all over again. We
find it hard to push through tough times, to get that job or that promotion, to
sell that idea – to get noticed.
Here’s the bottom line – we don't need more
contacts, we don't need more ‘friends’ and we don't necessarily need to spend
more time connecting online.
If all we needed was this, then every one
of us would be basking in unparalleled success just from the sheer number of
opportunities we have to connect.
It was leadership expert John C Maxwell
‘Those closest to you determine your level of success, so choosing
the right companions as partners in pursuit of your vision is an important
decision. My advice is to surround yourself with talented people who will
challenge you, help you grow and inspire you to maximize your potential.’
It’s time to create a new plan of action –
one that puts you in control, identifies the right people for you and creates
the right behaviours that will nurture your network for mutual success.
Get in control of your network and you
will change your game, make the impossible possible and achieve your goals. You
will find it easier to connect to people with ideas and dreams and to convert
those ideas and dreams to action.
As Franklin Delano Roosevelt, former USA
president and one of the greatest leaders once said:
‘I’m not the
smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues’.