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Are you using ‘superconnector’ powers?

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On an average day, you probably network with internal and external clients, as well as multiple levels of managers. That makes you a “superconnector.”

Cultivating personal, positive relationships with everyone makes life challenging. But since you never know when you’ll need someone’s support or help, it’s vital to your success.

 A few of the people you should cultivate:

  • Your manager’s manager (and even above that; the higher your acquaintances, the better).
  • Your manager’s staff.
  • Your manager’s family and friends.
  • Administrative staff at higher and lower levels.
  • Your administrative peers.
  • Receptionists.
  • Human resources/benefits managers and staff.
  • Accounting managers and staff.
  • People from other departments and other divisions.
  • Clients and potential customers.
  • Vendors (whether your company or organization currently is doing business with them or not).
  • Salespeople (good relationships can lead to lower prices).
  • Mail-room staff.
  • Janitorial or maintenance staff.

It’s a long list, and you can probably think of many others. But the point is, says Inner Circle Assistant author Joan Burge: “The more people you know who, in turn, know you—as a good person, hard worker, advocate for their personal and professional lives and superconnector—the wider the web of support you create around you, and the stronger it becomes.”

During a setback, your web can be a lifesaver. And the rest of the time, you can feel more confident just knowing it’s there.

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