To be successful in most organizations, it’s important to understand the underlying conversations and reactions that people in the room are having. But if you aren’t picking up on those subtle cues, how can you learn to do so?
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:
“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.”
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.
This post is timely.I have many clients I like to share this with:
While it is never a “bad” time to do some reflection over questions like these, the end of a year and the beginning of a new year are always an auspicious time to do so.
Please consider taking the time to ponder these questions and actually write down your answers, as that will make the process even more effective. Then, save your responses in a place you can review them over the year and look back at them at the end of 2018.
(Don’t forget to write down and appreciate all of your successes.)
Here are some good ideas! I especially love Ann Cuddy’s work work on “Power Posing.”
I have seen her present in person several time and her continually evolving research is fascinating! For more from her about how our body language shapes who we are, check out her talk on my website here: https://theleadershipfocus.com/whats-new/