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by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon
No matter where you work (corporation, government agency, non-profit, or
institution) networking at work has never been more important. Why?
To keep getting the big picture. Things change fast.
To keep up with what’s going on.
To bolster the bottom line. Understand that your job depends on the
success of the organization. Promote your organization's products and
services even if you’re not in sales!
To venture into the white spaces. Look at the organization chart.
"The organization chart is not the business," caution authors Geary
Rummler and Alan Brache in their book, Performance: How To Manage the
White Space on the Organization Chart. "The greatest opportunities for
improvement often lie in the white spaces between the boxes on the chart
Ð in the functional and interpersonal interface those points where the
baton is being passed from one department to another or from one
individual to another."
To uncork bureaucratic bottlenecks. If you create temporary project
teams to tackle problems and launch initiatives, you’ll make a name for
yourself. Increase collaboration with other departments. When the
corporate communications department at a major telecommunications firm
invited the human resources department to lunch, it was the beginning of
a rich collaboration. As people got to know each other, they integrated
their strategic planning so that a human resources request for the
production of a training calendar was on the corporate communications
department’s schedule. If you collaborate, you can negotiate to even out
workload, so all the projects don’t hit at the same time.
To expand your knowledge base. Figure out what resources you need and …
… ARTICLE IS CONTINUED at
Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon are principals of Contacts Count, a nationwide
consulting and training firm that specializes in business and professional
networking, and career development. They are co-authors of six books. The
most recent is Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business
and Career Success (2007, AMACOM). Fortune 500 companies license their
training programs. Visit them at
Sue Schnorr is President of Training Insights, Inc., a firm that specializes
in soft skills training. She is also the exclusive Associate for Contacts
Count in NY. She can be reached at
LinkedIn has recently added Events as a feature enhancement. You'll note the
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about this feature and its many benefits.
Greg is the Founder of The August Group, a recruiter and entrepreneur
offering a myriad for services to employers and professionals including
coaching and consulting. He can be reached at 585-785-8600 or
Hannah's blog this week includes writings on
composes her blog outside of work hours as a personal passion to assist
those in career transition.
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For the 2nd time in as many months I have "landed" a client simply because I
have a great smile. Not that I have a brilliant smile or a models smile or
even photogenic smile, I just have a "great" smile. What trumped my smile
over the competitor? My teeth were clean. My breath was fresh. I didn't have
brown nicotine or tea or coffee stains making my teeth look like something
out of "The Crypt".
Wow. Is that all it takes?
Although this goes without saying for many people, personal hygiene is one
of the most important things to think about when getting ready for an
interview. However, personal hygiene does not come naturally to some people
or does not play as big a part in their day to day life.
You don't have to spend thousands on your teeth. Though if they are
seriously unattractive, you might want to spend a couple of hundred.
Consider it an investment in your potential. I use pretty simple stuff to
retain those pearly whites - a whitening rinse, a plaque rinse before I
brush, a whitening toothpaste, floss regularly and when those high doses of
coffee start to show stains start to take hold? A few days of 10-minute
Crest White Strips takes them out.
But it's not just about teeth!
You know where I'm going - and I think it's an important topic. Hard to
believe, but some people just don't know they should where clean, fresh
clothes, DEODORANT! (Oy Gevalt!), bathe or shower before an interview, wash
your face, clean you nails (I myself have been repulsed and disregarded
people who were probably perfectly capable just because the line of grime
under their nails was so unpalatable), have clean hair...
It all seems so simple and basic. But it's not, for many.
Go nuts with it! Feel free to quote me, too. ;-)