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according to a new study that compares
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in 2001. Today's chief executives are more likely to be
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schools. They also get there faster, and are more likely
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and been told there just aren't any resources?
the answer's yes, give your boss a copy of my
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January of 2006, you'll have taken a big step towards
being your own best advocate in the workplace.
February: Commit to building the
that will enhance your career.
Start by thinking
how you can network INSIDE and OUTSIDE your
Here are some pointers from an article I wrote for
Women in Technology's Winter 2005 issue of WIT
1. Network both inside and outside your
organization. Networking on the inside helps create
relationships that help you get the job done.
Networking on the outside broadens your perspective
and in so doing, enhances your value to your company.
2. Network internally across the white space on the
organizational chart. Networking across the white
space widens your base of expertise about the
company and lets you connect with others in the
organization you might not ordinarily meet. One
approach is to solve a problem that surfaces monthly or
quarterly and aggravates everyone, only to disappear
until the next month or quarter. "The employees who
become known are the ones who are creative about
solving these problems," Waymon says.
3. Network externally by joining professional
organizations, listservs, and blogs. But remember
that networking is a contact sport. You must show up
(in person or in cyberspace) AND interact.
4. Be strategic about the "types" of people with
whom you network. Management consultant and
author Jeffrey P. Davidson (Blow Your Own Horn,
Berkley Pub Group, 1991) suggests diversifying your
network for maximum effectiveness. Think "maintainers"
(key people, including experts, in your own and related
fields who help you get your job done) and "propellers"
(mentors, role models, hubs, challengers, and
promoters/recommenders who "lift" you and encourage
5. Be organic and "real." Treat work as an
extension of the rest of your life-look at your contacts
as people and potential friends rather than as "great
contacts." It's a paradox: you must network to make
contacts, but having contacts only works if they're
relationships founded on the principle of give and let
Good luck, and feel free to share what you're up to in
Word to the wise: Women in
Technology takes networking seriously. It's a great
organization for making contacts and for enhancing
WaterCooler (WC) Personal: A Word about the "Work" of Networking
The energy you have available for networking is likely
affected by whether you're an introvert or an
extrovert. So be smart and find a style that "gets you
out there" but maximizes the energy you have for
The "work" of networking can happen in multiple ways.
For example, as an introvert I sometimes forgo the
cocktail party-type networking mixers and choose to
work behind the scenes on a committee.
Remember that you, too, have options when it comes
to networking styles and events.
If you're an extrovert, have coffee
with a coworker
(preferably one in a different department), and learn
about his/her roles and professional interests. Keep an
eye out for information (like a magazine article) that
would be of interest to that person, and pass it along.
If you're an introvert, occasionally bring breakfast
(pastries, rolls) for your department, or keep a
filled "healthy snack" jar in your cubicle that's
accessible to your coworkers. It's an easy way to start
conversations that eventually develop into relationships.
In any case, set a realistic goal of how many "events"
you can handle or people you'd like to meet each
and work at building those relationships.
And remember, once you've made the first connection,
the rest really do get easier.
Workshops and Book Signings
40Plus of Greater
February 7, 9:45 am. Contact: Kathy
Women in Technology Advocacy Group, February, time and
Contact: Julie Thompson, 703.449.0893;
The Women's Center
Annual Leadership Conference,
March 12, Tysons
VA. Contact: The Women's Center,