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Wide or Narrow? Audit Your Network To Fuel Your Ambitions

By March 20, 2017January 27th, 2019No Comments
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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 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