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Are You a “G” or a “T”?

By May 13, 2020No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

There are people who are known as givers, and others, are labeled takers. You want to be a giver. Givers have their calls returned and emails answered. The takers, not so much.

Take a moment today to reflect on whether you’re a “G” or “T”.

Do you share information? Pass along job leads? Listen to someone else’s challenges (really listen, not polite nodding listening)? Or, are you type who only reaches out when some calamity occurs in your life and you need your network to throw you a lifeline?

If you’re more “T” than “G”, start taking remedial action ASAP. You need the network you have to be responsive. You want them to enthusiastically take your calls, regardless of the hour (or anticipated ask).

If you’re a “G” – keep going! It’s exhausting but I promise you, it will pay off in spades.

This G&T theme was inspired by my friend Joyce Sullivan. We met years ago, when she’d been laid off during the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Joyce and I talk about career reinvention after the “worst” happens plus ways to rebound and find a new career direction in the podcast this week. Take 18 minutes for your career and take a listen.

I also chatted confidence with leadership expert, Selena Rezvani. Find a replay of our conversation on my YouTube channel.

Don’t miss my live, video-streaming interview this Thursday with serial entrepreneur (and friend) Patrick Sullivan. Patrick has launched, scaled and exited two startups (one to Google, the second to Facebook) and now he’s embarked on a new social venture, Bonsai, and fixated on unlocking social capital to increase career opportunities for under-represented communities.

It’s all about the network, folks. Take good care of yours.

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J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey is a problem solver who believes that most professional challenges—whether funding, landing a board position or getting a new job—are solved by tapping into networks.Kelly is a popular speaker on networking, community building and investing issues, especially as they relate to women, and has worked with the IEEE, PGA, Bank of America, Apple and countless others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @jkhoey and on Instagram @jkellyhoey and join the #BYDN community at