Strategic Advancement: What's Your Network Worth?
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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There’s that common saying: Your network is your net worth. But what does this really mean in the grand scheme of things? Have you ever taken account of the people in your personal and professional circle and their role in helping you advance in life? This is something successful leaders do all the time, taking account of their relationships and team of advisers to ensure they’re constantly growing and moving in the right direction.

Executive Lewis Schiff details a step-by-step strategy for recognizing the value of your network and how to maximize it. He writes:

1. Write down a list of a dozen key people.

These are the people you would go to tomorrow for help in finding new work of the kind that you do best. Last week I wrote about how luck always favors people with focus and purpose. That’s especially true with networking. You first need to identify your ideal work situation or type of business deal. Only then are you ready to take stock of whom you’ll need to help find it.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.