Life is short, time is in short supply, and our attention spans are getting shorter by the minute. What you need to know is bullet-pointed below, but read to the end of the article if you need the justification.
Your networking strategy must include - UP, DOWN, and SIDEWAYS.
So I ask, how much time do you spend networking each week? Is it part of your leadership practice? One of the biggest things this job has taught me is that we need to give ourselves permission to spend time networking every month, if not every week.
Why build it into your calendar? Networking makes you a more well-rounded employee, more educated on not only your industry but the world around you. In addition, it provides you with a place to go for answers and perspectives that you cannot find within your organization.
Often in coaching, I hear leaders thinking about a change or looking for information, yet they can't respond when I ask who they might reach out to in their network to explore what is out there in the market that could be of interest to them.
If you are looking for a perspective beyond your experiences and growth in your career, don't underestimate the power of networking with your colleagues at all levels.