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The Connect Effect

Book Description


Networking is not mere socializing--it is a vital personal and professional development skill. An effective network can make you more knowledgeable, help you address critical issues, accelerate your career, and even improve your health and well-being. It's just too important to be left to chance. With "The Connect Effect" you can take a conscious, systematic approach to networking. To begin with, Author Michael Dulworth helps you evaluate how network-savvy you are. Dulworth then identifies three distinct kinds of networks: personal, professional, and virtual, exploring their specific characteristics and offering strategies, tools, and resources for building up and making the best use of each one. Stories from Dulworth's over twenty years of experience running networks, as well as interviews with top executives, researchers, and thought leaders, provide insights and advice about how networks function in the real world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Preface
    1. What’s Ahead
  5. Introduction: The Power of Networks
    1. Personal Satisfaction
    2. Career Guidance
    3. Door Opening
    4. Problem Solving
    5. Learning and Expertise
    6. Changing the World
    7. Mutual Success and the Connect Effect
  6. PART ONE: Becoming a Highly Effective Networker
  7. 1: What’s Your Networking Quotient?
    1. The Qualities of Strong Networks
    2. What’s Your NQ?
    3. Part A: Network Scope and Strength
    4. Part B: Networking Activities
    5. Analyzing Your NQ
  8. 2: Network Early, Network Often
    1. Networking Begins at Home
    2. Beginning a Professional Network
    3. Exercise 2.1: Reflect on your early career.
    4. Becoming a Professional Networker
  9. 3: Building Your Network
    1. Understanding Your Network
    2. Network-Building Guidelines
    3. Conclusion
  10. 4: What’s Your Personal Brand?
    1. Dimensions of Your Brand
    2. Polishing Your Brand
    3. Conclusion
  11. 5: Entering the Network Zone
    1. Taking Your Network to the Next Level
    2. Doing It Together
  12. PART TWO: Harnessing the Power of Different Networks
  13. 6: Networking Peer-to-Peer
    1. How Peer-to-Peer Networks Work
    2. The Benefits of Peer-to-Peer Networks
    3. Create or Join a Peer-to-Peer Network Today
  14. 7: Tapping Organizational Networks
    1. Why You Need to Tap into Organizational Networks
    2. Analyzing Organizational Networks
    3. Organizational Networks and Leadership Development
    4. Do You Want to Be Among the Top Performers?
  15. 8: Joining Communities of Practice
    1. Contributions of Communities of Practice
    2. Communities of Practice as a Knowledge Management Tool
    3. Keys to Effective Communities of Practice
    4. Leading a CoP Network
    5. For More Insight
  16. 9: Virtual Networking
    1. The Evolution of Online Networking
    2. Social Networking
    3. Professional Online Networks
    4. We’ve Only Just Begun
  17. Conclusion: The Future of Networking
    1. Careers and Organizations
    2. Community and Society
    3. Technology and the Internet
    4. The Personal Touch
    5. My Take on the Future
    6. Put the Connect Effect to Work for You
    7. Determining Your New NQ
    8. Part A: Network Scope and Strength
    9. Part B: Networking Activities
  18. Resource A: Choosing Your Board
    1. Finding Support for Making Sound Choices
    2. Why Do You Want Them?
    3. Selecting Your Sounding Board
    4. My Sounding Board
    5. Sounding Board Selection Checklist
  19. Resource B: Online Networking Sites
  20. Notes
  21. Index
  22. Acknowledgments
  23. About the Author
  24. About Berrett-Koehler Publishers
    1. Be Connected