Networking Leadership 101: Building Your Core Professional Network

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.

Our Learning Partner

Acumen is excited to partner with the Center for Creative Leadership in offering this course. The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that develops better leaders through its exclusive focus on leadership education and research. Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit, CCL helps clients around the world cultivate creative leadership—the capacity to achieve more than imagined by thinking and acting beyond boundaries.  Their mission is to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide.

 

You'll Love this Course if

You are:

  • A team member looking to uncover and build upon your team’s network, particularly around a common challenge or goal
  •  An individual looking to diagnose the strengths and gaps in your own personal network
  • Anyone who wants to work more collaboratively to tackle the world’s toughest problems

What You'll Learn

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the key characteristics of effective networks and network “traps” to avoid
  • Visualize your individual network
  • Identify specific ways you can cross a network boundary, make a new introduction, and deepen an existing relationship

What to Expect

How the Course Works

There are no in-person teachers or facilitators for this course, but we will have technical and subject matter experts available to assist you online. The course will be offered through a third party learning platform called NovoEd.  Course content will consist of readings, online videos and interactive exercises. It will be available for you to access at any point.

You can take this course individually, but we strongly recommend that you find a team interested in a common issue, mission or goal.  For example, your team could be employees within your organization; the founding team of a new enterprise; a group of leaders all looking to tackle one class of social problem; or a group of multi-sector stakeholders all addressing a common challenge.

Workload

This course should take approximately 6 hours to complete.  The materials can be accessed at any time and do not have to be completed in one sitting.

Technical Requirements

You will need a computer that allows you to watch the course videos and provides the ability to upload all your assignments.

Statement of Accomplishment: 

Subject to course completion (completion of all assignments), you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by +Acumen and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Frequently Asked Questions

IS THERE A FEE?

No, this course is free and open to everyone.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

6 hours. This is a short course intended to provide you with an overview of networking .

CAN I TAKE THIS COURSE INDIVIDUALLY?

Yes, this course is valuable if you take it either individually or with a group.  Members from the same organization or company may find it helpful to take the course together.

DOES EVERYONE IN MY GROUP NEED TO REGISTER TO THE COURSE INDIVIDUALLY?

Yes!

WILL THERE BE OTHER MODULES RELEASED IN THIS COURSE?

This is a one module course.  For more courses about leadership, we encourage to look at +Acumen’s other offerings.

WILL A CERTIFICATE BE AWARDED UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE?

Yes, subject to course completion (completion of all assignments), you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed jointly by +Acumen and the Center for Creative Leadership.

MORE QUESTIONS?

Please contact courses@plusacumen.org

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