No matter how strong your skills, chances are you can’t solve your most complex challenges on your own. Study after study demonstrates that the more leaders and organizations can manage and navigate their professional and organizational networks, the more they can achieve their goals. Personal networks are of utmost importance to leaders who consistently tackle the toughest problems, cross boundaries, rely on information from existing relationships, and need to make new connections all the time. But despite its importance, to many of us, networking sounds distasteful, self-serving, and even phony. We need new strategies to maintain critical relationships or leverage existing ones.
To address this need, Acumen is excited to partner with the Center for Creative Leadership to offer a free, 6 hour online course on how to build your core professional network. Based on CCL’s years of research, this course will teach you why professional networking feels uncomfortable and unnatural for many of us, and how you can change your mindset. You’ll read about real people—reluctant networkers—who have made a significant impact through just a few connections with others. You’ll use online tools to visualize your current network, and discover common network traps to avoid. Finally, you’ll understand what it takes to be intentional about your network, and how to achieve some quick and easy wins to get started. At the end of the course, you’ll understand that, far from being awkward or selfish, networking can be one of your most powerful strategies for achieving your organizational and your professional goals.