A Quick, Free Tool to Get Your Network in Shape

Welcome to my readers from Tip of the Week! Thanks for stopping by. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite downloads from myGreenlight’s library of hundreds of tools, videos, and coaching calls.

Starting with….our Networking Diagnostic. This tool, adapted from the work of Brian Uzzi and Shannon Dunlap in Harvard Business Review, helps you analyze your top 25 contacts to determine whether you’re making typical networking mistakes. Are you nurturing your superconnectors? Is your network dense enough? Too dense?

To get the free worksheet, just click here to download it.

Here’s what a few myGreenlight members said about using it:

“You can use the diagnostic repeatedly against different sets of goals, or as circumstances change.”

“It absolutely helped me to structure my network, to think about the right prioritization, and to set new goals.”

“It made me think and create a detailed list of focal points to organize my future networking.”

Let us know what insights the worksheet turns up for you in the comments!

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  3. Hi Keith, I find Uzzi’s network stuff very useful, and so love this diagnostic. I am wondering if you think the diagnostic tool and process can be applied to networks held by teams rather than indviduals, or to look at the networks relating to a program or service?
    thanks
    Anita

  4. Keith – was briefly speaking to you and your team about a month ago.

    Simplified worksheets like this are invaluable – and I appreciate the focus this applies to people getting a handle on their own networks beyond raw growth, or just a listing of people and their contact info, mental reminders of how they were connected, etc..

    For people who want to dive very deep into understanding their corporate social networks, as internal change agents, I highly recommend studying Social Network Analysis (SNA) and/or Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) techniques. The field can be full of technical jargon that is very hard to follow, but when trying to, for example, introduce a significant shift into the organization, being aware of where the bottlenecks and super-connectors are, promoters and detractors, and hidden players are, is quite powerful.

    A good friend of mine, Patti Anklam, offers an online course that shows exactly how to run an SNA/ONA project – what tools are available, why you would do an SNA/ONA project, and more.

    For more information on the course, see:
    http://bit.ly/ytkAu5

    It wouldn’t be useful for people looking at their own personal networks – as it goes into depths most of us wouldn’t find useful.

    But in dealing with big corporate initiatives, mergers and acquisitions, etc., it should be very eye opening, and point out both dangers and opportunities.

    Her book, “Net Work” is also one of the most intelligible books on the topic of SNA/ONA. Find at your bookseller of choice.

    Cheers,
    Dan Keldsen
    Partner at Human 1.0 (human1.com)

  5. Thanks, Keith. Much appreciated. On first, partial blush, looks like a great tool. I’m currently in an in-house coaching cohort; will be taking a further, serious look at your subscription offerings when that ends. Best regards, John

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