networking strategy

"Nowadays you don't want to be a knowledge expert, you want to have a knowledge network". The words above were uttered by
"I always judge someone by how well they treat waiters." Valuable advice I was given years ago and advice that I still bear in mind today. You can tell so much about someone by how they interact with people who they do not believe are important in their lives.
Last week I read a blog in the Wall Street Journal that, on first glance, made a lot of sense. But something nagged at me and the more I thought about it the more the blog actually made me very angry.
Modern technology and low cost air fares have made international trade more accessible than ever before. Despite being a small business, we have now done business in around twelve countries worldwide and a fair proportion of last year's turnover came from export business.
Every action you take and every conversation you have plays its part in creating your reputation. In my last blog I discussed
How much time do you spend on managing your 'personal brand'? What others think and say about you is vital to anyone's success in business or in their career. It's not simply about whether people speak positively about you, or otherwise; it's the context in which they speak about you and your strengths.
Trust is the quality that underpins all strong relationships and effective networking. It is something that I talk about in almost every programme I run and the one quality that can, above almost everything else, affect the progress of your career or bring down your business. Yet has the very nature of trust changed?
You don't have to do it alone. Whatever you want to achieve, whether in developing your own business or progressing your career, you will get much closer to achieving your true potential if you are open to support from your network.
One of the keys to successful networking is to focus on your network rather than just expect your network to focus on you. That is easily said but to do so takes a degree of thought and effort rather than just good intent.
How often do you ask for feedback from your network? Honest, genuine, no holds barred feedback?