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11/25/09
Networking. Consequential Strangers
Filed under: Networking, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 7:51 am

We all hear about using our networks to
find opportunities.  The expansion of social
networking does not need much description.
The interesting notion of “consequential
strangers” should also be introduced to us.
These are the people who bring regularity,
information and novelty into our lives but are
not part of the inner core of our relationships.

M. Blau and K. Fingerman’s book describes
it as the people who seem not to matter but
really do.  For the action oriented person,
who does not want go into detailed explanations
take a look the book’s 2 appendices to help
you analyze your “social convoy” and determine
your  rewarding interactions.  Refer to a
blog on the topic to self explore in a quick
way.

Interestingly, this concept is quite useful for
managing all ages and stages of our lives.
Liked it very much and will explore it
in detail myself.

4 Responses to “Networking. Consequential Strangers”

  1. site admin Says:


    See BusinessWeek link  for a graphical description.
  2. site admin Says:


    Related articles see 
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  3. site admin Says:


    MID-CAREER PROFESSIONALS
    The post script of the Blau-Fingerman book
    offers a couple of short stories of how
    “consequential
    strangers” are key to the
    struggles of professionals
    raising families.

    In a small but significant way, it is
    appropriate to
    suggest mid-career people
    to learn the lessons
    of personally advancing
    “consequential strangers”
    in their lives
    to emerge happy and successful.
  4. site admin Says:


    MATURE CHEMISTS
    As I am approaching retirement, I am
    finding and
    engaging “consequential
    strangers” and developing
    practices of
    acquiring new personal convoy members

    all the time.

    Take the time to record
      what you want to do and do,
      jot down names and some individual
    factoids and

      make a difference in ways ever so small
    to make
    things pleasant and productive.

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