An achievable 2016 networking goal

Dunbar's Number and 2016 Networking

If you like this post, feel free to share it with your friends. Share buttons are at the bottom of the post.  I actually moved to Texas on July 14, 2014. Prior to that, my wife and I were living… Continue Reading


Weak relational ties can be more valuable for your career than strong ones

That seems counterintuitive, right? You want to be chasing strong ties and strong relationships, no? No. Here’s why, as explained somewhat by Stanford University research (and FSU research): Recognize that weak ties are more valuable for job performance and careers than stronger relationships. That’s… Continue Reading

Networking: More ‘give,’ much less ‘take’

Cool quote, from here: Matthew Bothner concludes the interview with powerful advice to MBA students, or indeed anyone looking to use networking, to advance their own status: give more than you take. “If I give something to you, you will… Continue Reading

This is why ‘a networked culture’ is important

Connected Networks At Work

Harsh truth about any type of business school/business education: you will have a lot of breathless conversations about SWOTs and case studies and all that. People especially love to analyze why a company failed — and a big one that comes up… Continue Reading

Three ways to make small talk more meaningful

Small Talk

Small talk is everywhere. Like, everywhere. And if often involves our first interaction with a person — either a brand-new person, or our first interaction with a friend/acquaintance when we reconnect with them. The thing is, it typically doesn’t mean anything. It’s all… Continue Reading


People always confuse these “Get power at work” discussions

Getting Power At Work

Among the concepts in the world that most make me want to put a rifle to my dick and pull the trigger are “People tweeting headlines that promise some kind of amazing return in business or life” (such as “Six… Continue Reading

Maybe TEDConnect could save the stupidest part of conferences


Interesting fact: TED2015 starts next week in Vancouver (Larry Page spoke last year and said some interesting things) while SXSW is going on right now in Austin. So, those events overlap. (They quite possibly always do; I’m unclear on that.)… Continue Reading

Start thinking about “connectional intelligence”

Connectional Intelligence

Basically, networking sucks — to the point that often the best advice to “network better” is actually to “stop networking.” There are a myriad of reasons for that, not the least of which is networking feels like a game that can… Continue Reading