3 Networking don'ts
17 October 2011, 12:30
Not all networking is created equally. In fact, developing certain kinds of networks can impair your career rather than bolster it.
Here are three networking personas to avoid:
1. The biased leader.
Don't solely rely on advisers who are similar to you. They only reinforce your biases. Look for people who have different backgrounds or values and will encourage you to make more informed decisions.
2. The superficial networker.
A common networking mistake is to engage in surface-level interaction with as many people as possible. A bigger network is not a better one. Be sure your relationships have depth and that they actually add value to your career.
3. The chameleon.
Don't change your interests, values, and personality to match those of whomever you're talking to. You'll end up more disconnected than when you started. Be true to who you are.