Professional Networks

Professional Networks can make the difference of an individuals potential to be successful. How connected you are helps define your ability to leverage collective knowledge and collective problem solving. It introduces you to new ideas, new places, new opportunities. After establishing the importance of professional networking, what actually is it? “It is a deliberate activity to build, reinforce and maintain relationships of trust with other people to further your goals” (Anders Ostland). Ibarra & Hunter (HBR, 2007) wrote that there are three forms of networking: Operational, Personal and Strategic. Operational – helps manage internal company responsibilities. Personal – builds individual personal and professional development. Strategic – plays a vital role in identifying opportunities for growth and engaging stakeholders Building strong relationships across your professional networks establishes an advocacy, in the words of Jon Burgess founder of Kwan “ADVOCACY is an authentic and purposeful way to live your life and do business…Continue Reading