Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Connecting People

Some people think of networking as a way to get connected solely for their own advancement in life. In that respect a person might feel that it is unethical to network. This line of thinking stems from the idea that advancement will always come at the expense of someone else. Success in life is a zero sum game. In reality it does not work that way. Networking does not have to be at anybody’s expense. It actually rewards people for helping others to succeed. In that respect it may very well be the almost ethical business model today.

There are different types of networkers. The hunters create lots of negativity. They go for quick kill. They operate without regard of the others’ interest. Thus they will not last long before their true colours shine. They are the bad boys.

The farmers spend a lot of time sowing and nourishing relationships. They invest and energise their network. They use but never abuse their network. A true networker will always keep the interests of others in mind. These networkers are often very likeable and people like to interact with them.

Networking is not a bad word after all. Networking is a skill!

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