How to Build a Broad, Open Network

NETWORKING IS A DELIBERATE PROCESS Networking is a deliberate process of exchanging information, resources, support, and access in such a way as to create mutually beneficial relationship. Creating mutually beneficial relationships takes time AND effort.  You might say to yourself – “where can I find the time to network?”  How about one lunch get together a … Continue reading How to Build a Broad, Open Network

Networking is About Teaching and Giving

HOW DO YOU APPROACH YOUR INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS? Successful people have three things in common: motivation, ability, and opportunity.  There is a fourth factor, though, that is critical but often neglected: success depends heavily on how we approach our interactions with other people. (Adam Grant – Give & Take) How are you approaching your interactions … Continue reading Networking is About Teaching and Giving

What’s the # 1 Predictor of Career Success? A Special Network!

The best predictor of career success, according to multiple, peer reviewed studies, is being in an OPEN network instead of a closed one. In fact, one study shows that half of the predicted difference in career success (i.e., promotion, compensation, industry recognition) is due to this special type of network. (Forbes, by Michael Simmons) WHAT … Continue reading What’s the # 1 Predictor of Career Success? A Special Network!

The Class of 2020 and the Job Market

Not since the classes of 2009 and 2010 has a group of graduates entered a job market as constrained as that for the class of 2020. Indeed, the jobless ranks are much larger than any other time in US history. Georgetown consists not just of a set of degree programs producing graduates, but a community … Continue reading The Class of 2020 and the Job Market

Improving Our Responsiveness to Our People — John Keyser

Recently, I read an article about the key communication qualities of an effective leader. The article spoke about the importance of asking questions and being an attentive listener. I certainly agree. Yet, the article failed to mention responsiveness, which is certainly a very key quality as well. If we are to help our team members … Continue reading Improving Our Responsiveness to Our People — John Keyser

Building Your Reputation. Stand Out to Get In.

Guest Post by: Jen Dalton for Brand Mirror What is a personal brand, and why does it even matter? Put simply, your brand is your reputation. It’s the words that people think of to define you. It’s how relevant you are, and what conversations you are a part of. It’s how you stand out from … Continue reading Building Your Reputation. Stand Out to Get In.

Speaking Tips: Last Things First

Guest Post by: Dean Brenner (C'91), The Latimer Group Have you ever led a meeting, handed out the slide deck, began discussing the topic and while still on slide 1 or 2, most of your audience has already flipped to the last slide? I’m sure you’ve seen this before… Perhaps you’ve been the one flipping to … Continue reading Speaking Tips: Last Things First

What We’re Reading This Week

Fixing This One Big Problem Helped Turn Around Struggling Furniture Retailer West Elm I always find stories about how companies reinvent themselves fascinating and, while we may not all be CEO's, there are definitely lessons about thinking outside the box, reexamining strategy, and creating opportunity where there were once obstacles. The World's Top 10 Most Innovative … Continue reading What We’re Reading This Week