Wide or Narrow? Audit Your Network To Fuel Your Ambitions

By March 20, 2017January 27th, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

A question I ask readers in #BYDN is: Does your current network support your ambitions?

Here’s why I want you to think about the composition of your network (and as I say in Chapter 2 of #BYDN):

The type of network you have will either float your idea or sink your dream — it all depends on the types of people in your contact list or address book. Is your network a tight community of like-minded peers? If so, chances are you’re highly successful at implementing an idea or getting a task accomplished because you have a trusted group of colleagues to turn to in order to get the job done. Does your network stretch across time zones and industries, as well as skill sets and job titles? You’re definitely in the right place to test a theory, introduce a novel idea, or rally for a cause. And while that broad or wide network puts you in the epicenter of diverse information flows, don’t dismiss the importance of also having a narrow network: that closely held community keeps one an- other top-of-mind and has one another’s backs when it comes to promotion or career advancement.

The type of network you have could either float your idea or sink your dream.

This week, take a look at your network! Will it help you fulfill your ambition? If not….you know where you need to start networking.

And don’t just take my word for it that #BYDN will re-frame your approach to networking….#BYDN is featured on Business Insider: I just read a book that completely changed the way I think about networking.

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.