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Final Thoughts
“The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.”
Keith Ferrazzi
“Networking is more about farming than it is about hunting.”
Ivan Misner
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.”
African Proverb
This is a great book to get you focused on how you
develop a clear plan to build your network. Peo-
ple in business who have learnt to network well
benefit significantly from this skill. It is a skill,
because if you don’t manage the way you do it, it
will manage you by stealing your time with zero
benefits. I think most of us know what we should
be doing but then actually doing it are two differ-
ent things. Here you have lots of ideas, structures
and exercises specifically about developing your
network to add to your leadership
skills.
The first distinction the authors make
is defining the difference between your
strategic and your operational net-
work. What they mean by this is that
your operational network is the con-
nections you have built to get the day
to day operational aspects of your job
and life done. However, your strategic
network is what I would define as
‘building your well before you are thirsty’. In oth-
er words, who have you
connected with that you can network with to
make any plans come to fruition. This could be
anything linked to planning your career, moving
to a new job or increasing your visibility in your
organisation.
This has become like a reference book for me be-
cause it is packed with ideas, exercises, case stud-
ies and stories that bring to life the sug-
gestions being offered. Each chapter
has a summary which is very helpful as
a quick read to check you have the right
content for the solution you are looking
for or as a reminder of what our au-
thors are encouraging us to do.
Published by: Personal Boardroom Ltd,
2014
Available in Hardcover and Digital.
Who is in Your Personal Boardroom?
How to choose people, assign roles and have conversations with purpose.
by Zella King and Amanda Scott.
Book Review:
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