It is often said that it isn’t what you know, but who you know, that matters in business. Whether you are trying to get a promotion, find your next hire, or find your next job, other people matter. Your network can have a large impact on the information and opportunities that come your way.
Using Your Network to Rise to the Top
Are you reaching your growth and development goals at work? Is your career advancing at the pace you would like it to? For many people, the answer to these questions is a resounding no. They are disappointed time and again as they are passed up for promotions in favor of external candidates who are assumed to be better equipped for the challenge. Fortunately, this does not have to be the case.
Your Most Effective Mentor May Be the Least Like You (From the Outside)
Take a second to think about an effective mentoring relationship. This can be something you have seen in a movie, or one you have taken part in yourself. Perhaps it was a formal mentoring program through school or work, or even an informal relationship with a coworker. What pops into your head when you think of mentor and protégé similarity? For many, it is age, race, or gender. Surely, these characteristics are responsible for objective similarity, and influence perceived similarity, right? Actually, research has proven that these characteristics are not key predictors of perceived similarity between mentor and protégé...