10 Tips for Building Stronger Networks in Work and Life

Connect to the people who matter.

Most people understand that to be successful they need to network. But actually going out and doing it is another matter. People "are daunted by the task and believe it requires inauthentic, uncomfortable behavior and is an activity that is inconsistent with focusing on job performance," says Jeffrey Pfeffer, a Stanford professor of organizational behavior, who covers the subject of networking as part of his Paths to Power elective course. Too often, he says, people view networking "as something that 'is not them' or that they could not see themselves doing."

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