Corporate Contractors - Fall 2022 Newsletter

Up Your Networking Game Networking is crucial to succeeding in your career. You need connections with people in all sorts of industries, people who can offer you advice, support, and sometimes work. Networking is one of the most powerful skills you can have in your career and is a skill that can be learned. How do you go about building the kind of network you want? Follow these guidelines from the Silicon Republic website: • Networking should be mutually beneficial. Don’t go into it thinking only what you can get. To build useful, long-term relationships, you have to be available to help your contacts as much as you hope to get help from them. Don’t ask for favors. Volunteer your service and expertise so people see you as a reliable partner. • Join diverse groups. You meet people for your network by getting involved in industry associations, trade groups, and the like. Look for groups that have a diverse range of people. The wider your network, the better your access to information you can use and people with experiences and insights you might not encounter elsewhere. • Present solutions. Position yourself as an expert by speaking at conferences and offering solutions to long-standing problems. Getting visibility will attract people to you. You’ll be able to interact with a wider variety of experts in other fields who can share experiences and ideas while benefitting from your own. • Say yes to opportunities. You’ve got to put yourself out there to prove yourself to the people you want in your network. That means volunteering your services and saying yes to requests to help. Be willing to take on new responsibilities when asked. This shows you’re a team player committed to everyone’s success, not just your own. • Don’t be daunted if you’ve changed careers. Networking can be just as daunting if you’ve decided to make a career change later in life. Try to understand the constituent parts of your new role, identify the people who have the most knowledge about that topic, and approach them. Ask if it’s okay to reach out to them with questions or, better still, try to schedule a regular time with them where you have a chance to build up a bank of questions. “In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” —Tom Bodett —Mental Floss Test Your Knowledge 1. Where are lobsters’ bladders located? 2. In 1878, Alexander Graham Bell suggested answering the telephone with which greeting? 3. At an average of 10 hours 42 minutes per week, which country’s citizens spend the most time reading? 4. Which is the state dance of 24 U.S. states? 5. Which came first: alcohol or the wheel? 6. Which word is understood in all languages? 7. A team of chemists described which smell as “a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness?” 8. Which is the only continent to have land in all four hemispheres? 9. Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of what? 10. What was the first item sold on eBay? 11. Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice had a pet snake. What was the snake’s name? 1. In their heads. 2. “Ahoy.” 3. India. 4. The Square Dance. 5. Alcohol. 6. “Huh?” 7. The smell of old books. 8. Africa. 9. Friday the 13th. 10. A broken laser pointer. 11. Emily Spinach. What Makes A Leader? Leadership calls for the right perspective on people. The website of the MIT Sloan School of Management shares these words of wisdom from top leaders on how to lead: • Carol Cohen, Cognizant : “Your long-term success is not just determined by what you achieve alone, but also by how you empower, engage, support, and elevate your colleagues and teams in the ecosystem around you.” • George Westerman, MIT Sloan : “The ability to envision and drive change is just as important as the ability to work with technology. If you don’t have both, you can’t succeed in this world.” • Craig Robinson, WeWork : “Creating, aligning, and empowering diverse teams is one of the best ways to discover and develop new ideas.” • Hal Gregersen, MIT Sloan : “Most leaders excel at thinking, ‘Oh, here are the tasks to be done,’ but they often don’t step back to consider how specific roles are changing and what that means for people experiencing a significant identity shift at work.” • Doug Ready, MIT Sloan : “Go out on the limb, that’s where all the fruit is. Take a few risks—trust that your people will admire you for doing so. Leadership is a privilege. Embrace it as you build a community of leaders in this new economy.”