Recently I’ve been very aware of my own cycle of energy. As part of this awareness, I found myself thinking about the collegial side of my Networking.
I firmly agree with Michael Port that we should spend 50% of our networking time in our target market (for you as a Leader, that is in your organization & across your industry) and 50% of our networking time with colleagues (as a Leader, your peers in your org., across your industry, & in other industries).
Yes, this is about energy. I recently reconnected with a wonderful human being that I call friend and colleague in Northbrook, IL. I reviewed my activity in the colleague portion of my networking and found myself lacking on the 50% mark. It is amazing – the very night I wrote down my colleagues name to make contact, he left me a voice mail minutes later on my mobile. The other name I recorded is a brilliant gentleman who supports my web presence. We had lunch on Wednesday.
My point? Balance your time networking across both your target market for growing your career and across your base of most important colleagues to grow your knowledge and influence – and to keep your energy up.