Depth and Breadth: What Makes a Strong Workplace Network

Posted by Lou Bergholz on Oct 5, 2015 1:51:02 PM

As the effects of globalization and technology march on, contracting our work world so that information and colleagues are easier to access, an increasingly valuable resource for a knowledge worker is exactly that – knowledge. Information is quickly disseminated through the internet, and it arrives wherever we are at the moment through our smart phones and tablets. But while all that readily accessible information is out there, it still takes people to turn it into knowledge. Information may influence decisions and help shift priorities, but it’s still people who make decisions. In the modern workplace, having a workplace network with depth and breadth is among the best tools you can have.

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Topics: Workplace Networks, Leadership Coaching, Workshops and Training

Build a Workplace Network: 3 Strategies You Can Implement Right Away

Posted by Tracey Britton on May 28, 2015 10:27:50 AM

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Whether you’re hoping to move up in your organization, communicate more effectively with teammates, or better understand how decisions on projects get made, a network in your workplace can help. We’ve discussed why a workplace network is important, and how to asses if your workplace network is robust and productive, and what to do when you’re stuck with your boss in an elevator, but once the dust is settled and your boss has safely gotten off at the eighth floor, what can you do today, right now, to extend your network? 

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Topics: Workplace Networks

Build A Workplace Network: 5 Tips for Small Talk with Senior Colleagues

Posted by Brooke Baker on May 14, 2015 8:56:13 AM

Connecting with colleagues at work is among the best things you can do to improve your effectiveness in the workplace. And while it’s easy to lean over to Amy in the next cubicle and ask her how her weekend went, when it comes to a more senior colleague in the corner office, the idea of starting a conversation can be intimidating. So what should you say when you hop on an elevator and find yourself one on one with the managing director?

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Topics: Workplace Networks

Build a Workplace Network: 8 Qualities of a Highly Effective Network

Posted by Emily Helm on Mar 17, 2015 8:51:00 AM

What makes a network highly effective? When we look enviously at a peer and think “she is such a good networker,” what do we mean? At Edgework Consulting, one way we like to think about workplace networks is this: if there is something you don't know, the people in your network should be able to help you find some answers. We’ve talked before about why networks are important, and how the best place to start growing yours is in your own workplace. Now let’s take a look at how we measure the effectiveness of a network. Just because someone has three times the LinkedIn connections you do, or seems to be going to an endless string of happy hours and mixers, doesn’t mean their network is healthier than yours. The healthiest, most effective networks are comprised of eight qualities, which we’ve outlined below. How does your network stack up?

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Topics: Workplace Networks

Why a Workplace Network is Your Professional Superhighway

Posted by Brooke Baker on Mar 10, 2015 9:08:00 AM

“It’s a great opportunity to network” we’re constantly told. “I’m hoping to network with her,” a colleague may whisper to you as the breakout group moderator settles into her chair. “I’d like to add you to my professional network,” an automated email informs us on behalf of someone we haven’t seen since our ten-year reunion.

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Topics: Workplace Networks