Building Trust Through Networking – Part 2
in Building Trust Through Networking – Part 1, I explore my thoughts on why I see friction in organisations when it comes to achieving company goals and reaching their KPIs and what in fact it will take to do this – a collaborative, psychologically safe, diverse, inclusive, bonded team and culture.
- Resilience – How resilient your team will be, is directly weighted as to how strong their bonds are, how collaborative they are, how they have learned to support one another and how safe they feel asking for help or raising concerns.
- Confidence – Helping team members grow their self-awareness and confidence will help them unleash their potential for your organisation.
- Identifying talent – Through networking and understanding people’s interests and ambitions, you can identify talent for projects, promotions and future leadership positions.
- Promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion – Across the spectrum; intergenerational, inter-cultural, gender, LGBTQI+, introverts and extroverts.
- Trouble shooting and problem solving – By getting to know what people know and who they know, you can tap into their problem-solving capabilities.
- Networking promotes a growth mindset and we know that all businesses need this to flourish.
- If done with intention, team members from all departments will connect with each other, young staff get access to leaders and managers, which also offers the opportunity for mentoring and coaching. Those who survive and thrive in today’s work environment are those who have someone to talk to.
- Self-development and continual learning are crucial in our world of flux.
- Emotional intelligence – By learning to network, we become more empathetic and compassionate for our team members.
- Reduce loneliness – Here are a few other alarming facts that feed into this discussion.
A Couple of Alarming Facts
Did you know that, according to a study by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, social isolation is twice as harmful to our physical health than obesity and that the very lack of social connection is as damaging as having an alcohol problem or smoking 15 cigarettes per day. Take a moment to ponder that.
Workplace loneliness is on the rise. And the highest stats are amongst centennials, i.e. 18-24 year olds that are coming into the workforce.
My own background is in the corporate landscape and I can say that not one person ever suggested that I learn to network. I did it and didn’t know I was doing it.
I struggled and my imposter syndrome raged a burning fire inside of me…no-one would have known this. Many knew me as an ice maiden. I always did my best by my teams, but I didn’t know how to be vulnerable. I didn’t know that I was allowed to say I didn’t know everything. And as a manager, this was difficult. I always felt like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders. I didn’t know how to be vulnerable and let people in. I didn’t have the guidance and mentoring to help me be a better leader.
What I’ve learned since being made redundant is that networking has made me exponentially more confident. I’ve become so much more self-aware and aligned. I’m only learning what I want to do when I grow up now!
My purpose is to share my passion for networking because this is all the stuff that I wish someone had told me when I was starting out. My corporate years would have been so much more pleasant had I known how to trust myself and build relationships with others.
And for those who say they still don’t have time, or they are shy, or don’t know what to do, or they are introverts, or they have young kids, or, or, or…the list could go on. I am all of those labels and then some!
What I’ve Learned
But here is what I know for sure…learning to network is one of the most powerful ways to build up your confidence and to propel the success of a career and a company.
Trust starts with trusting ourselves first. To do this we need to raise our self-awareness.
Networking helps us to learn to communicate, present, find our voice and channel our values. Networking helps us learn to listen and to help others.
Networking is a power skill. It’s a skill to be learned like any other.
Networking is a game changer. In short, networking makes the world a better place.
Invest in your team, invest in you, invest in your company today. It won’t change things over night, but it will have a compound effect, the likes of which you can’t yet anticipate.
The onus is on companies to create the right environment and culture to sustain growth, reduce staff turnover, increase morale, built trust and to develop an inclusive and dynamic culture.
Are you ready to help your business build trust through networking?
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