How Healthy Is Your Network?

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We all apparently know 250 people….. some of you may be responding “yes of course I do?” or “really I don’t even know 10!”. Well when it comes to networking it doesn’t really matter how many we do know it is how we manage the connections we do have. It is also important to continually manage your connections in a strategic way to keep your network current and alive.

When was the last time you sat down to take a strategic look at your current network to see if this is in area you need to do some work on. For most people it becomes important when they find themselves job hunting. Suddenly we start picking up the phone or sending emails to people we haven’t connected with for a very long time in the hope they might know of some suitable roles. This is far from ideal.

A high performer (job hunting or not) continually manages their network, keeps connected with everyone but in different ways and in different timeframes. The skilled networker is just as keen to help others grow their networks and put people in touch with each other as they are to make new connections themselves. There is nothing more rewarding than putting two people in touch with each other that can help both people achieve personal or work goals.

When you sit down to strategically review your network do you have any gaps? Do you have people who challenge your thinking, do you have people who you can go to who inspire you?, do you have people in your network who you can contact when things get really tough and you need some advice? Do you have people in your network who have an equally good network when you are looking to hire people or get specific expert advice on a subject?

What sort of person are you in other peoples network? Its a two way street networking when it works well…….

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Finding inspiration as we launch our Job Coaching service!

Welcome to The Kudos Group’s first ever blog!  We hope you’ll keep reading… 

As we are about to launch our new offering –  www.myjobcoach.co.uk – I (Sandra Webber, Director here at Kudos) am thinking about who has inspired me this week in the world of work?  The answer: two people at opposite ends of the career journey!

Person one is a character from a recent programme on a Channel 4 Documentary – Fabulous Fashionistas – who still loved her job and she was 87!  Check out the trailer:

(Full documentary: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/fabulous-fashionistas/4od)

The moral of the story here, to coin a phrase and a familiar hashtag, is – #dosomethingyoulove

The other person I found inspiring, was a young graduate who had secured a job – fresh out of uni.  The job was going well, he loved the team, his manager was good, everything looked perfect until he was called into the office and told that due to financial pressure they were making redundancies! He was understandably devastated; the career he thought he had embarked on came to an abrupt end without any warning.

As I type,  to his credit and with help from a supportive recruitment agency, he is being interviewed for another good role – only 3 working days later!  Fingers crossed he is back in employment soon – and he will have acquired a valuable skill in the process by learning to cope with change.

So here is my reflection on the week and advice to all of you out there looking for your first ever position, promotion, or a career change:  

Find a job you love to do and learn to adapt quickly to change.