The Power of the Network

I love to write.

As a student, I hated taking multiple choice tests, but thrived on essay evaluations. If I didn’t know the answer, I could at least get personal satisfaction from crafting an answer that was as entertaining as possible for my evaluator. This technique often included a silent prayer that I’d get points for creativity, along with the hope that a colorful (yet even possibly wrong) response would at least offer brief respite from a sea of over-rehearsed and dry responses from my classmates.

Guess what? It often worked.

I’ve let my writing go over the past five years for a multitude of reasons, and I miss it. Generally, my excuses are classic:

  • I have writer’s block
  • I need to reign in my focus
  • I don’t have time
  • I forgot my password
  • I unceremoniously let my domain expire, due to all of the above

Luckily, I have made some really amazing friends along the way.  I met Kathy Korman Frey in 2010, when my friend Cindi and I attended her Hot Mommas Project’s “SisU” at George Washington University.  It was awesome.  An auditorium full of women, talking about everything from mentorship and entrepreneurship to corporate life and family.

A few weeks ago, on Twitter, Kathy posed a very public question to Cindi, myself and another one of her friends:

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I replied:

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And then, it got real.  Not only did she ask how my crew could support me, but she also proposed a deadline.

That gesture prompted me to start this new blog, but more importantly got me thinking about my biggest takeaway from #SisU: The power of the network.

Whatever your focus, (and gender aside) you’ll simply be much more likely to succeed in your career and life in general if you lock in a committed network.

Healthy networks consist of people who are willing to share, debate, learn and listen.  All four attributes are required.  Regardless of age and/or experience, the most rewarding connections are always willing to share, debate, learn and listen.

I’m a bit late on the deadline, but, hey! I blogged!  I’m excited to be back in the game. Thanks for reading, and thanks for being my #Accountabilibuddy, Kathy!  The fact that you care enough about your people to push us means a great deal.

So, how does one go about building a quality network?  How do you identify people who are willing to share, debate, learn and listen? Please share your thoughts in the comments below! 

I’ll explore that in an upcoming post.