Archive | Networks and Networking

How to Create Live Maps of Conference Connections

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Have you ever been frustrated trying to find the person you needed at a busy conference? I recently use a new tool called sumApp to map conference connections in real time. sumApp’s founder, Christine Capra, interviewed me about the experience. Here’s a lightly edited version of that interview, written by Christine and cross-posted from her blog.

Maya was recently engaged to speak at the Annual Convention of the Ohio Association of County Boards for Developmental Disabilities (OACB). She was invited by Adam Herman, OACB’s Communications Director, who had heard her speak about networks.

Every county in Ohio has a board that funds and oversees services for people with developmental disabilities.

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Networking Myths Busted!

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The New Networking, a project of Partnering Resources, is busting traditional networking myths!

Networking Myth #1: My Network is Terrible

Do you think you have a terrible network? You probably don’t. Watch our new video to bust the first myth of networking: that out networks are hopelessly inadequate.

Networking Myth #2: Lots of Business Cards –> Lots of Success

Do you measure your success based on the number of business cards you collect at a networking event? Sorry, that’s just not the way to go. Our second video busts the business card myth and tells you what you really need to do to be successful.

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Announcing The New Networking

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Have you ever wondered why networking feels so fake? So onerous?

It’s because networking, as we know it, was created for extroverts and salespeople. For most of us, pressing the flesh in a crowded room of strangers, feels awkward and unsuccessful. Luckily, there’s a better way.

For years, my colleagues at Partnering Resources and I have been helping people learn new, sustainable ways of developing their networks. We base our work on current research and findings about networks and translate them into usable, actionable practices. Now, we’ve launched a new website designed to help introverts, busy people, and others learn to network successfully.

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New Leadership Tools: Finding Direction through Network Maps: Mini Case #1

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Companies create organization charts that show hierarchies and reporting relationships. But work rarely gets done as it appears on an org chart. Instead, people operate through networks: informal webs of relationships that people instinctively form in the workplace.

Traditionally, leaders have used organization charts to understand their boundaries and spheres of influence. Network maps provide new and helpful information about how people actually perform work, make decisions, and solve problems. Network thinking and network maps can help leaders gain a holistic perspective and uncover unseized opportunities, identify lurking risks, and address unarticulated needs.

In this series, we look at how several different leaders used network knowledge to advance their company’s strategy.

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NEW ARTICLE: Realizing the Benefits of True Globalization

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Many organizations say they’re global. Few achieve the benefits of globalization.

Bayer CropScience (BCS) experienced this conundrum several years ago. Their Global Public & Government Affairs (GPGA) division had offices all over the world, but they usually worked independently. Regions reinvented materials and programs created elsewhere. Lessons learned in one area weren’t shared with others. The benefits of globalization weren’t apparent.

In 2012, BCS hired a new leader, Lisa Coen, who was charged with creating a truly global GPGA organization. She was asked to align headquarters and regions around priorities, goals, strategies, and roles. A new article, “From Regional to Global: Using a Network Strategy to Align a Multinational Organization,” describes how Coen proceeded to transform GPGA into a global organization.

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NEW ARTICLE: The Art of Quiet Networking

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For many introverts, Susan Cain’s TED talk about introversion was a much needed affirmation of the value of the quiet style. She articulated what many of us needed to hear: there’s nothing wrong with being an introvert. In fact, introverts have much to offer.

Susan Cain started two organizations–Quiet Revolution and the Quiet Leadership Institute–to support introverts, their families, and their work environments. I am delighted to announce that our new article, “The Art of Quiet Networking” has been published on both sites.

The Art of Quiet Networking tells my story. It shares how I progressed from an anxious, unhappy networker to someone who actually likes the process.

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NEW ARTICLE: Transform Your Network with Three Simple Practices

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Would you rather go to the dentist than to a networking event? If so, then this article is for you.

Here’s an excerpt from our recently published article, “Transform Your Network with Three Simple Practices,” on Communication World:

Networking is considered a professional necessity. Conventional wisdom states that if we don’t build and sustain our networks properly, we’ll lose out on opportunities like promotions, new jobs, and important information.

The bad news: The conventional wisdom is right. The good news: Most of us are networking all wrong. Read on for three simple practices to transform your networking experience.

To transform your networking practice, read the Communication World article now.

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New Case Studies: How to Use Networks Strategically

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Network maps make the invisible world of organizational transactions, relationships, and knowledge flows visible. But what can they actually accomplish for an organization?

We recently published two case studies based on our work with clients. Each case study shows how one client used network knowledge to advance their strategy.

Case Study #1: Using Network Mapping to Globalize an Organization

In 2013, a new leader was hired to transform the Public & Governmental Affairs (PGA) division into a truly global organization. The leader realized that PGA needed to operate as a network. She used network thinking to guide development in the organization.

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The Most Overlooked Asset in Organization Change

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Organizations have been changing for millennia, but people still struggle to lead change effectively. It’s difficult to send consistent messages, maintain momentum, and engage employees over the long haul. Luckily, organizations have a hidden asset that leaders can use to accelerate change.

This new article, just published on Communication World, explains this hidden asset and just how leaders can use it to accelerate and improve organization change.

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