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Rethinking Networking

Maya's LinkedIn Network

Why do we network? It’s an important question that most of us don’t consider. I didn’t until I started my business in 2004. People told me that networking would be an important way to build my practice. I agreed and started going to traditional, cocktail-style, business card passing events.

I’m a bona fide introvert. What that means is that, at the end of a standard networking event, I’m exhausted and want to curl up by myself with a book for a few hours. Traditional networking was something I forced myself to do, usually by gritting my teeth, setting a simple goal like “Meet two new people and then you can go home,” and soldiering through the experience.

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LinkedIn Isn’t Enough

“I’m on LinkedIn. Isn’t that enough networking?”

Truth be told: this question still makes me wince. But it’s a fair question. Awareness of networks is so new that, when we talk about networks, most people think of Facebook and LinkedIn. What’s the difference?

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and similar programs are tools that are used to help you interact with your network. You connect with colleagues, friends, and people who share interests with you (maybe you both “like” chocolate on Facebook or you both belong to the Linked:HR group). Facebook and LinkedIn give you pictures of your first degree of connection. LinkedIn also shows you your second and third degrees of connection.

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The Art & Science of Networking (Yes, There Is a Science!): Presentation at HBA

Maya HBA Networking Event 2011-08

Have you ever wondered how the grapevine really affects your reputation in the company? How a leader’s connections support his or her success leading a project? Whether all these networking meetings really make a difference?

In this interactive, fast-paced session of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Network on July 19, 2011, we learned about the science behind organizational networks. We drew on insights from researchers in the social sciences and practitioners in business to learn about the networking practices of high performers. We dispelled the myth that people who want strong networks should never eat alone and, instead, we learned about the simple actions that significantly contribute to the health of your network.

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Measuring the Intangible through Organizational Networks

NBP - Social DWM

There are many ways to evaluate culture, collaboration, employee morale, team performance, and the impact of restructuring. But it’s difficult to measure all five at once without over-stressing the organization. The National Braille Press successfully used organizational networks and network analysis to evaluate its progress and identify simple but effective improvement actions. Read National Braille Press White Paper to find out how they did it.

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Welcome! Now Work hits SlideShare’s Top Tweet List

“Welcome! Now Get to Work…” is a brief presentation that outlines best practices in new hire on-boarding. It includes discussion of socialization and networks — key elements of successful new hire integration processes. The presentation made SlideShare’s Top Tweet list and was featured on its front page on October 27, 2009.

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