Project Management Training Part 3
In part 2 we saw how "rapport" is like having a strong bridge between islands. If you have good rapport with someone then you can ask more of them when you need help.
One drawback of bridges between islands, however, is that they can take a long time to build. If you wait until you need help to build a relationship, then it is too late.
'Interpersonal Networking' is establishing rapport with people in advance of the need. It is an important activity that you should be working on all the time, to build bridges in preparation for the time when you will need to place a load or demand on the relationship.
That is, networking is developing contacts, relationships or friendships with people whom you may need to influence, in your job, in the near or long term future.
The following activity will help you assess your current network and decide where you need to invest more time in developing a better relationship.
Complete the table below, as follows:
When you have completed all the questions:
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Soft Skills Part 4: Winning Commitment
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