Don’t Settle for One Network: Build Three

We all know how important networks are to succeeding in business. But most people mistakenly focus on building one network. Instead, you need to think about three separate ones:

  1. Your operational network is comprised of the people you rely on to get work done: your peers, direct reports, bosses, and external contacts. Often times you don’t choose these folks, but you still need to cultivate them.
  2. A developmental network is a group of individuals whom you trust and to whom you can turn to for advice. Select people who bring a diversity of perspectives.
  3. Your strategic network helps you prepare for and succeed in the future. In this group, include people who work and live at the edge of your current world and can help you see what’s on the horizon.

Source: Harvard Business Review

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