Leveraging Our Network: Introductions

Making the effort to connect people whose relationship may be mutually beneficial is a networking habit that demonstrates to members of our network that we hold them in high regard.  Almost like match-making – when we meet someone who appears to have parallel interests with someone else in our network – we can check with […]

Leveraging Our Network: References

A reference is a testimonial of someone’s suitability to fill a specific role in an organization.  When we find ourselves in a position where we’re asked to provide a reference for a colleague who’s interviewing for a position, it’s important to provide an honest assessment, particularly if that person wasn’t a top performer when we […]

Leveraging Our Network: Referrals

Referring someone for a position is an opportunity to assist not only them, but another member of our network who’s looking for a person with that specific set of skills, talents, and knowledge. It goes without saying, however, that referring someone or a company when we have reservations about their ability to succeed can not […]

Building Our Network: Professional Organizations

Building a network within our industry or profession is another method of networking.  Most industries or professions have at least one professional organization and many have a wide selection organizations who would love to have us as members. Finding a professional organization where we fit takes some effort.  We can get online to do the […]

The Executive’s Network: Building our Peer Group from Previous Organizations or Affiliations

Peers with whom we’ve previously worked, attended school, or worked toward a common purpose can be valuable members of our network.  Our shared history provides a common ground and a known resource for information, references, and referrals. Since we’re no longer in the same organization, and in some cases, not even in the same geographical […]