Your network, who you know and who knows you, can be the most valuable tool in your career arsenal. Yet, how often have you taken the time to assess your network for the value and support it provides?
In my new book Accelerate Your Impact, I spend a bit of time talking about the power of your network. It is important to build a trusted sphere of influence, especially during times in your life when you are looking to stretch in new directions.
I created a chart to help you assess your network for their level of support, positivism and encouragement. I found in my career that there were people in my network that supported me for the role I currently held, however, they were not as supportive in my endeavors to strive for advancement.
Assess your network for those that are supportive of your career goals. Be honest. No one will see this chart but you. I’m not suggesting that you distance yourself from those you see as unsupported, however, I would not look to them for advice or encouragement.
As a working woman, I know it takes a team of people to support my professional decisions, and I am aware of who and who does not want me to take on more or move more toward my desired goals.
Over the years I have had to make two types of adjustments:
• My trust sphere of influence. I have a circle of people, my
advisory board, that have been with me for years and I truly
cherish their ongoing love, support and reciprocation. As I
have evolved, so have many of the people around me.
• My exchange of energy. I am now, more than ever, aware of the
energy I exchange with people during conversations, online
and in groups. I have learned to realize that my brand is all
Surround yourself with those that project a positive attitude/energy and are supportive and encouraging of your career goals.
Once you assess your network, spend time investing in your network. I talk a little bit more about this in my article Investing in Your Network.
Check out JJ’s new book Accelerate Your Impact by downloading three free chapters.