I believe careers are built on connections—so much so that I have spent the last 20-plus years training, coaching, writing, speaking and now blogging (as well as sending out hundreds of daily tips) on the subject of how to build and maintain a network of diverse, authentic and lasting relationships. And here are two things I have learned about networking relationships:
- Strong, supportive and reciprocal relationships don’t happen at once, and once they do develop they demand an on-going commitment of time, effort, energy and attention.
- Like life, though there are no guarantees of where relationships will go. Those people we “just feel” we know and know us best, the ones we are “positive” will always be there to help, sometimes aren’t there when we need them and they don’t help. It doesn’t mean they don’t care, it just happens that way sometimes. And those people we met through a chance encounter, barely get to spend time with, or think we have no chemistry or wonder if there is anything in common to build a stronger connection with, may over time become our best professional allies and/or personal friends.