Cultivate@Work: Networking


By Morag Barrett on May 26, 2016

Posted by Morag Barrett | May 26, 2016Cultivate@Work: NetworkingWelcome to the Cultivate@Work Weekly Roundup. We scour the Internet for stories and ideas of how people cultivate winning relationships at work and share them in this weekly summary. It’s perfect for anyone interested in applying the ideas and techniques from Cultivate. The Power of Winning Relationships by SkyeTeam CEO Morag Barrett.Want more? Then sign up for the Cultivate@Work Field Guide where you will discover articles, downloadable resources, videos, podcasts and more, all designed to help you to cultivate professional relationships at work.You’ve just had a really interesting conversation with a potential colleague, friend, or customer. Or maybe you’ve had a chat that was a tedious waste of your time. Either way, the conversation is done and you would like to move on — but you don’t want to seem rude or uninterested. What do you do?Starting a conversation from scratch is never easy, but it can be done, according to Morag Barrett, an HR consultant, leadership coach, and the author of Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships. “Relationships are built one conversation at a time,” she says. “You can’t afford to be a wallflower. Take a deep breath. Your success depends on your ability to start the conversation.”I hate networking.” We hear this all the time from executives, other professionals, and MBA students. They tell us that networking makes them feel uncomfortable and phony—even dirty. Although some people have a natural passion for it—namely, the extroverts who love and thrive on social interaction—many understandably see it as brown-nosing, exploitative, and inauthentic. But in today’s world, networking is a necessity.Special Announcement!Thanks for reading! The Cultivate@Work community is now live! Join us today to read more articles, listen to podcasts and download tools and resources that bring Cultivate to life. We’re changing how work gets done, one conversation, and one relationship at a time.Related ArticlesTags »cultivate@workCultivating Winning Relationshipsprofessional relationships Share1
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