IN AN ERA OF NETWORKS & VOLUNTARY COMMUNITIES – ARE YOU A CONNECTOR? J. Kelly Hoey  Connector. Advisor. Project Solver. Tw...
Why Connect? <ul><li>The wider your net – the greater your opportunities. </li></ul>
What makes someone a Connector?  <ul><li>The first--and most obvious--criterion is that Connectors  know lots of people . ...
 
Online - Offline Connections <ul><li>Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter - Technology helps find “connections” and magnifies word ...
Strength of Connecting <ul><li>Professor  Steven Casper  at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), Henry E. Riggs Professor of Man...
 
Is your network activated? <ul><li>Become an observer </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what other people are interested in </li>...
Paul Amos, II President & COO, Aflac “ When people I’d never met started coming up to me at meetings like they knew me, I ...
 
Cisco & Connections <ul><li>Companies are testing fresh methods to develop global leaders while  tapping innovative collab...
 
Why work at connecting with others? <ul><li>” He/She who has the best network wins.” is now “He/She who connects their net...
Learn to be a connector <ul><li>Listen – anticipate – seek new ways to connect groups.  </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate.  </...
Resources  <ul><li>Trust Agents (Brogan, Smith) </li></ul><ul><li>Tipping Point (Gladwell)  </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard Busi...
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  1. 1. IN AN ERA OF NETWORKS & VOLUNTARY COMMUNITIES – ARE YOU A CONNECTOR? J. Kelly Hoey Connector. Advisor. Project Solver. Twitter: @jkhoey Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kellyhoey
  2. 2. Why Connect? <ul><li>The wider your net – the greater your opportunities. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What makes someone a Connector? <ul><li>The first--and most obvious--criterion is that Connectors know lots of people . They are the kinds of people who know everyone. – Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia - Connectors are said by author  Malcolm Gladwell  to be people in a community who know large numbers of people and who are in the habit of making introductions . A connector is essentially the social equivalent of a computer network hub. Connectors usually know people across an array of social, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and make a habit of introducing people who work or live in different circles. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Online - Offline Connections <ul><li>Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter - Technology helps find “connections” and magnifies word of mouth. </li></ul><ul><li>Being online, accessible, with lots of friends, followers and connections is not necessarily game changing. </li></ul><ul><li>Human connections count. </li></ul><ul><li>Start “bridging the gap” in your network by creating connections. </li></ul><ul><li>Start tapping into and activating your network. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Strength of Connecting <ul><li>Professor  Steven Casper  at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), Henry E. Riggs Professor of Management and director of the  Master of Bioscience program , concluded after an 18-month study that what's missing in those cities (LA, Chicago, NY) is a rich social network connecting scientists, entrepreneurs, managers and venture capitalists who are in the business of starting companies. </li></ul><ul><li>Stronger connections among businesses, universities and, most importantly, people are necessary if the biotechnology industry is going to survive and thrive in Los Angeles </li></ul>
  6. 8. Is your network activated? <ul><li>Become an observer </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what other people are interested in </li></ul><ul><li>Provide critical information, expertise or connections to get closer to that critical information, expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Share your influence, even if you have only a little </li></ul><ul><li>Be a source of information about issues and opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate a willingness to continue making relationships, passing on information, and introducing people to one another </li></ul>
  7. 9. Paul Amos, II President & COO, Aflac “ When people I’d never met started coming up to me at meetings like they knew me, I knew I was vested in social media and it was having an effect on our business”
  8. 11. Cisco & Connections <ul><li>Companies are testing fresh methods to develop global leaders while tapping innovative collaboration tools and social networks to speed up productivity and decision-making . </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;When you have command and control by the top 10 people, you can only do one or two things at a time” – John Chambers, Cisco Chairman and CEO </li></ul><ul><li>The future is about collaboration and teamwork - and relies on connections across networks </li></ul>
  9. 13. Why work at connecting with others? <ul><li>” He/She who has the best network wins.” is now “He/She who connects their network the best wins.” </li></ul>
  10. 14. Learn to be a connector <ul><li>Listen – anticipate – seek new ways to connect groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate. </li></ul><ul><li>Use your network to solve someone else’s problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Use your “intelligence” to connect people – across networks, function areas, departments, offices. </li></ul><ul><li>Build relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>Share a resource. Point out an opportunity. Think strategically. </li></ul><ul><li>Connect. Regularly. </li></ul>
  11. 15. Resources <ul><li>Trust Agents (Brogan, Smith) </li></ul><ul><li>Tipping Point (Gladwell) </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard Business Review HBR http://blogs.hbr.org/kanter/2009/11/power-to-the-connectors.html </li></ul><ul><li>What Would Google Do? (Jarvis) </li></ul><ul><li>Professor Steven Casper: How to Build a Biotechnology Cluster http://www.kgi.edu/x10134.xml </li></ul><ul><li>“ At Cisco, “Downturn” Screams Long-Term Opportunity http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_12/b4124030877661.htm </li></ul>

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