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Seth Godin's visionary book has helped tens of thousands of leaders turn a scattering of followers into a loyal tribe. If you need to rally fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, or readers around an idea, this book will demystify the process. It's human nature to seek out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time.
The social and environmental challenges we face today are not only complex, they are also systemic and structural and have no obvious solutions. They require diverse combinations of people, organizations, and sectors to coordinate actions and work together even when the way forward is unclear. Collaborative efforts often fail because they attempt to navigate complexity with traditional strategic plans.
Have you ever felt awkward wanting to reach out to a friend or colleague you haven’t spoken to in a while, so you didn’t reach out? Do you feel like your networking skills appear disingenuous but come authentically to everyone else? Relationships to Infinity: The Art and Science of Keeping in Touch is both a social science-based and practical guide to helping you get better at keeping in touch.
People’s professional networks have shrunk since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, while companies’ attrition and hiring challenges are growing. To help reverse these trends, people and organizations will need to manage workplace interactions more intentionally. Here’s how.
While social capital has always been integral to collaboration at work, it is essential for every hybrid and remote employee and for solo entrepreneurs. Since this work has rendered many of these employees less visible, it has become non-negotiable for these employees to invest in their own interpersonal relationships. Just like any other currency, social capital can be earned, invested and spent.
Relationships matter. Who You Know explores this simple idea to give teachers and school administrators a fresh perspective on how to break the pattern of inequality in American classrooms. It reveals how schools can invest in the power of relationships to increase social mobility for their students.
Conor Sullivan is the Vice President of Client Excellence at The Endurance Group, a consulting firm that unlocks opportunities for clients by revealing and leveraging authentic relationships. Conor highlights the difference between Social Capital Outreach vs Cold Outreach and the importance of Connection Post-Covid.
The concept of social capital has been inconsistently defined and described.That should not be surprising, given that social capital is intangible and not easily measured. At root, social capital is about the value of relationships—to people and institutions. Given the slipperiness of the concept, it is reasonable to ask whether we can measure social capital.
Sometimes, it’s not what you know but who you know—a saying that has withstood the test of time and still rings true today. Discerning entrepreneurs know their success would not have materialized without strategic connections, shared lessons and knowledge.
Master networker, Keith Ferrazzi, claims it is reaching out to other people. What distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships.