Having a good network means different things to different people. I am grateful for all of the networks I have had. My networks began long before my consulting practice and I am still benefiting from all of them.
After I left Sears I realized that I had been in a corporate bubble. My last role at Sears was in personnel and I accepted a position at a company to build the personnel function. I realized I needed a network so that I would be staying current. I joined ASPA (now SHRM) and the local chapter. I created many relationships with other HR professionals. I was able to share best practices. These relationships helped me build my credibility. I have told younger members of this organization that they can enhance their career by collaborating.
When I started my business I used the same principles in developing an additional network.
The Business Council of Westchester is an organization that has helped me learn about business and the best practices. It is not simply about networking for strategic alliances. No, it is about having experts that I can call upon for anything I am working on or any client I am working with.
In the picture above I had put together a panal for a power breakfast presentation on small business growth. In addition to me, I had a banker, a marketing and branding person, and an IT and cyber security expert. There are so many great people in my power network. I am very grateful for my networks.
This is the third entry to Debe Maxwell, CRS 's November 2019 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge.