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The Connect Effect: Building Strong Personal, Professional, and Virtual Networks Hardcover – January 1, 2008
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"Nothing is more important to the leader of the future than networking. The Connect Effect explains what you need to do and how to do it!"
-- Marshall Goldsmith, author of the Wall Street Journal #1 bestselling business book, What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"The Connect Effect is a practical and informative guide to helping people (and organizations) improve their networks, reach their potential, and achieve great things."
--Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management, London Business School, and author of Hot Spots
"From both a corporate and an individual perspective, building strong productive networks is mission critical. The Connect Effect is a practical guide to how we become better at the art and science of networking and how we use that to propel our businesses and our careers."
--Lynne Bartusek, Vice President, Associate Recruitment, Inclusion and Diversity, JCPenney
"As leaders and individuals work, and live, more globally every day, technology may make connecting easier, but it is the quality of the connection that is the key differentiator. The Connect Effect is a vital resource to today's leaders, advising them on tried-and-true tactics, techniques, and tools for creating connections that last."
--Leslie W. Joyce, PhD, Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, The Home Depot
"Mike Dulworth provides the keys to networking in our fast-moving global society. His invaluable experience and advice can help novices and successful networkers achieve their optimum networking quotient and enhance their opportunities for personal and professional success."
--Thurgood Marshall, Jr., Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Former Assistant to President Clinton and Cabinet Secretary, 1997-2001
"What really distinguishes high performers from the rest of the pack is their ability to maintain and leverage personal networks. The most effective create and tap large, diversified networks that are rich in experience and span all organizational boundaries. The Connect Effect is a practical, advice-filled, engaging book that will help its readers make significant improvements in their own networks' effectiveness."
-- Rob Cross, Assistant Professor, McIntire School of Business, University of Virginia, and coauthor of The Hidden Power of Social Networks
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Timely ideas confirming that none of us make it alone.
Mike goes beyond describing and recognizing the tremendous effects of a network, he provides simple and effective tools to implement the few key steps to build and maintain my own network. I particularly liked the idea of the Personal Board of Directors, which at its core is nothing more than a formal request for permission to ask for advice. I personally implemented this tool right away and with minimal effort. After a few short weeks I already enjoy positive results.
The Connect Effect is a combination of a networking book and a memoir of a networker. For those who are inexperienced in networking, this book will be helpful and interesting.
The book's key points can be found on page 27 (which I paraphrase for brevity and clarity):
1. Make networking a top daily priority.
2. Seek to help others in your network.
3. Gain and stay in touch with helpful mentors.
4. Follow a process for your networking.
5. Document your network in ways you can analyze.
6. Try to reach everyone on Earth through someone you know.
7. Continually add to your knowledge about everyone in your network.
8. Connect with more influential people than you are.
9. Meet and stay connected with people different from you.
10. Develop a positive reputation with people in the network.
The book's key insight in favor of networking is that it's easier to find out the answers by knowing someone who has the answers than by trying to answer everything for yourself.
I found that Mr. Dulworth was inclined to see everything as a network, even things that were one-time contacts such as global contests to find best practices. In practice, you can do many things better through one-time contacts than you can through networks.
Networks are best for things such as getting a job interview for an unadvertised position, finding someone to help you get a special break when you don't deserve one, and for feeling more confident.
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Excellent for people interested in social networking for business (which is almost everyone in this generation). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Samantha
The Connect Effect is a wonderful book for anyone who wants to learn more about networking, both for empowering your career and your life as a whole. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Dorie Clark
Humans are social animals. Therefore, in both personal and business life, networking is an important force. Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by Rolf Dobelli
This book outlines the importance of connections, and introduces a metric to assess your networking skills and the quality/breadth/depth of your network. Read morePublished on March 5, 2008 by gobluefan