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

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.