Share a summary of your Analysis Assignment(please find attached Doc-Networking Questions and Networking diagram ) as well as THREE takeaways from the readings/videos (try for a minimum 200 words)(Please find attached readings/Videos). Complete your original post by Friday.
Video link: https://www.ted.com/talks/worklife_with_adam_grant_networking_for_people_who_hate_networking?referrer=playlist-worklife_with_adam_grant_mar_2019
Then leave TWO replies on your classmates’ posts (100 word minimum).Please see below 2 classmate posts and give two replies accordingly.
I am pleasantly surprised how these articles we read this week are so right on for the unfortunate times we live in. They are easy to read and easily understandable for any reader. I have lot of takeaways, but i am going to emphasize on three, First one is Similarity-Attraction Paradigm explained so well by Dr. Forret. I felt this all the time that people with similar race, gender or ethnicity work comfortably and succeed in their work because of trusting each other and learning from each other. For example, in one of my MBA class when i entered the room i saw tables each with 4 chairs. I went and sat at one of the tables and 10mins into to the class I turned around and I was shocked how people coming in one by one picked their team. All the people with similar race sat together including my table. My second takeaway is from the PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Forret mentioning that networking is about giving either in terms of money, time, your effort/energy into helping someone. I tell my kids this all the time. Always do good and expect nothing. If someone reciprocates (also explained by Dr. Forret in her PowerPoint and the article Guide to successfully Navigate Career Changes) then it is good. My third takeaway is how Dr. Forret & Dr. Sullivan explained the three shifts (Emphasis on Intrinsic rewards, self-reliance, professional loyalty). How true is all that, is my feeling when I was reading this article.
My analysis discussed the results of the two different networking diagnostic tests. I found that I need to try and grow my network at all levels, especially in my profession. I am an accountant currently and have a limited background in supply chain management. Perhaps joining an organization that is in this field would be beneficial. My first takeaway is having a broad social network is important for forming connections and being able to achieve different goals both in your career and out. These social networks are arguably just as important as human capital and technical skills. A second takeaway is I realized how difficult it can be for different minority groups to form connections and network, especially with powerful people who have clout to help them. There are numerous reasons for this, one reason is people like to interact with people who are similar to them (i.e.: gender, race, ethnicity). A third takeaway was from the grant video recording. He did a good job of explaining how to get past the negative aspect of networking and how to network properly. Networking properly can be done by asking for advice rather than by wanting something more burdensome. It also was clear that being able to help the person you are contacting is beneficial, so you are not just trying to take and use the other person.