Another year has passed and I want to encourage you to increase your networking in 2012.
Bill Barnett in this recent Harvard Business Review article on job hunting spoke of the importance of massive, structured networking.
Bill wrote, “The way to succeed at networking is to reach out broadly to people who can help. The way to fail is to limit your contacts to the few people you know well. Massive outreach is the only reliable path to victory.”
I want to encourage you to follow this wisdom in 2012!
Many of you join networking groups like my own group ExecTec looking to increase your networking but never really took the next step of interacting with the group.
Networking is the one thing you do for yourself in your career.
As I am fond of saying a problem is something for which there is a solution and an excuse is that which there is no solution for.
So the question to ask yourself as we enter a new year is do you have a networking problem or a networking excuse?
Networking is not just about finding your next job although for many of you that is or will be the issue that drives you to network most. However, networking is the thing that empowers and makes what ever you do easier to accomplish.
Most of us loose so much time looking for the right resources or putting up with a problem or lack of a good resource or key information when having a robust and massive network would solve this issue connecting us with the right person and or resource more quickly.
Set aside your networking excuses in 2012 and commit yourself to a level of networking. Whether that is getting to an event every week, month, or quarter the key is to just do it.
Obviously I would love for you to drop in on an ExecTec Dinner or if you are out of the area comment on our topics or interact with us on the group Facebook page.
I hope everyone has a fantastic and prosperous 2012 and I hope to see and interact with many of you in 2012!