What’s the point of networking if not to get other people to like you? The reason why all comes down to emotional intelligence, the set of skills and qualities that allow people to form deeper, closer relationships with others.
You may be closer to the beginning of your career than the pinnacle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t think about the future. And if you aspire to be a CEO someday, you may need a particular set of skills. What are the skills and attributes that you need to have or need to develop in order to be “CEO material?” Here, Fast Company interviews three experts, (one who’s an old friend and coaching school classmate of mine), about that very question.
What’s the best way for a new hire to start making connections in an organization?
Research on 40,000 people shows that the most effective strategy is not broad outreach or relying on a mentor to make introductions but instead a more selective, less superficial initial approach, followed by diversification beyond the two-year mark.
Take a look at this Harvard Business Review article for more detail:
Frequently, when profits or subscriptions go down, an inexperienced boss will make a choice based on the assumption that someone is to blame for the loss. An experienced boss knows to keep asking “why?” In this short talk, my colleague and friend Mark Brown discusses a masterful business tool that helps leaders to understand the root cause of a workplace issue.
“Next time you go to a traditional networking event, a cocktail party, or a dinner, do us all a favor: Lose the elevator pitch. That approach is quickly losing relevancy in making authentic connections that could open doors for you.”
Most employees worry that setting boundaries gives the impression that they aren’t a dedicated worker, but in reality the opposite may be true.
It may be that those who don’t set healthy boundaries are not coming to work as refreshed, engaged or productive as their cohorts, or, simply that their time is not perceived to be as valuable because as others because they are not demonstrating its value.
In any case, I do know as a leader, it’s hard to keep track of everything that each person has on their plate so it is important to learn to handle requests which would result in over-load effectively and with diplomacy.
The conventional wisdom about 21st century skills holds that students need to master the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — and learn to code as well because that’s where the jobs are. It turns out that is a gross simplification of what students need to know and be able to do, and some proof for that comes from a surprising source: Google.
One of the best articles about leadership I’ve read in a long time.
The authors state, “To truly engage other human beings and create meaningful connections, we need to silence our inner voices and be fully present — and being more mindful can help.” This requires discipline to stay on task and skill.