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05/29/09
Networking and 80-10-10 Rule
Filed under: Position Searching, First Year on Job, Leadership
Posted by: site admin @ 9:50 am

In the last two days I have enjoyed conversing
with two people who both mentioned:  I have been
just too busy that I have not had time to network.

Now when they are searching for a position, and
many sources tell them that networking is the best
way to find positions, they feel as if they are coming
up short.  It will take them longer because of a
“less-well developed network.”  That may or may
not be so.

The bottom line:  networking is your professional
investment responsibility to yourself, that is, invest
in yourself, it is part of your professional
development.

We all know the need to invest for our future–
to afford desirable living conditions, enjoyments
and retirement.  Similar rules of thumb about doing
research and continuous learning apply to in our
financial investment world as they do in our
professional
investment world.  It is not a “save
and hold” strategy
that often succeeds but
experiment, learn and change that does.

I like Peter Fiske’s rule of thumb about the
80-10-10 rule.  Peter and I met several years
ago and his message resonated with me and his ideas
have value

80-10-10
“80% of her workweek doing the best work she
could possibly do.  10% of her workweek
focused on her personal and intellectual
development, and the remaining 10% telling
as many people as possible what a good job
she was doing during the 80% of the time
she was actually doing her job” (networking
in a sense)


Manage your time sinks.
   Touch things once
   Email management (PF)
   Electronic networking management
       selectively add memberships
       smartly manage passwords
       contribute value added ideas
to blogs, your own or others
    Learn and use exit strategies
(PF = Peter Fiske, source)

Develop your personal goals that provide
richness and enjoyment and value to you
and others
    Journal your ideas (PF) and capture valuable things
    Establish and share your priorities
    Recognize when things are critical, your time
is short.  Preparation and start-up time
minimization should be part of your game-plan.

Find creative ways to contribute your talent
and to grow your skills
   Volunteer
   Act as a mentor
   Carpe diem, Experiment.
   Erase your ‘pain bodies’ 1  2

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