As we watch signs of Spring pop up all around us, don’t forget as you head into your garden to plant your annuals, and encourage your perennials, there is much to be done to nourish your network as well. Here is a little reminder that you reap what you sow, in both your garden, and your business relationships.
What key relationships do you need to manage this Spring?
Looking at your career, where do you want to be in the next 5 to 10 years? What key relationships do you need to maintain and strengthen moving forward? Managing these relationships will lead to your increased knowledge, acumen and growth. Who is it that can nourish your career growth? Remember just as in your garden, relationships grow when they are fed and watered. These key people need to know how you have impacted your business over the last year and what your plans are moving into Q3. Also don’t forget to update any search executives with the same information. These are the people who will bring you opportunities and also offer ideas on what direction to take in your career. Think about areas you need the most growth in and seek out key people who can mentor you to develop in those areas. Touch base with them today!
Nourish your Social Profiles
It’s that time of year to think about bringing more color to your profile. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, you are missing a big opportunity to brand yourself, not only to potential employers but to your current peers as well. If you are already well networked in this area, make sure your profile represents you in the best light. Spruce up your profile with your recent promotions and major successes over the last year. Weed out any old data irrelevant information, as well any contacts that you no longer care to maintain. Include a current and professional photo, let us know what you are currently reading, join some groups and participate in the discussions.
Who’s garden can you help maintain?
Look around for your brightest flowers. Who is developing into a superstar in your organization and how can you help promote them? Being a mentor and teaching what you know is one of the best ways to drive your business with confidence. Reach out to some individuals that you can nourish and grow. What better way can you strengthen relationships with your peers and reports than by supporting them in ways that build them up?
Just like your garden, strong networks won’t grow themselves. With just a little sweat equity you will soon be sitting back delighting in what you’ve planted. This spring, don’t just tiptoe through the tulips, make an impact!