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09/14/11
Wise skills. Committed networking
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 1:05 pm

We spoke about 21st century skills that are needed
to manage our careers to deal with the 24/7 frenetic
pace and information overload in our first seminar
- workshop discussion.  Eight “wise skills” were
offered that each of us needs to develop and
companies look for in successful candidates.

The “wise” skills are differentiated from the “soft” skills
and technical or “hard” skills.  Included in the wise
skills are:

1  recognizing the need to disconnect and recharge
ourselves.  We can’t expect to run continuously at
full tilt without burning out at some point.  To do this
effectively, we need to develop and coordinate
schedules.

time management routines  2 

be allies for each other

4  value the importance of face to face communication

5   mentors and sponsors  3 

6   reverse mentoring

7   goal setting  4

8   committed networking

Focusing on committed networking, we pointed out
the way “networking” has been trivialized is that it
is information sharing.  It seems in the Internet
dominated age as passive with no formal
commitments or common items of work or
collaboration.  There seems to be little connection
between participants.

Networking, to be effective, needs to be more helpful,
more persistent.  5   One needs to be memorable,
provide value and significance.  Command
(not demand) attention, but be helpful.

If you know you want to network with someone, you
don’t settle for “no”.  This does not signal the end, it
reveals, “not now” or “not in the present form”. 
Repackage and try again, not taking the negative
response personally.

2 Responses to “Wise skills. Committed networking”

  1. site admin Says:


    Golden rule in committed networking– Liz Ryan
  2. site admin Says:


    Leslie Kwoh wrote that “face time counts” and is
    especially crucial in establishing relationships.

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