Posted by Jonathan Patrick
Familiarity can breed laziness when it comes to relationships. Whether at home or in the business world. While it is natural to “let down your guard” the more you are around a certain group of people, it can also be dangerous to your career. Complacency is a thief in the night.
While I have little doubt you understand the value that networking with other professionals can bring to your career, I wonder if you see the goldmine that is sitting right under your nose. Or desk for that matter.
How often are you using your networking skills inside your company?
One thing I have learned is that regardless of the size of an organization, there is always some level of political climate to navigate. You should be building deepened relationships with your subordinates, peers, and superiors for a variety of reasons. Establishing political capital with the right people enables you to “get things down” in a more timely and efficient manner.
Let’s be clear though. I am not talking about “brown nosing” your way to the top. I am suggesting that you further relationships by being genuinely interested in others and finding ways you can make their lives easier.
You’ll be surprised how much more enjoyable the work environment becomes, and the things you can accomplish.