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Your network is your net worth

Increase Your Net Worth: Diversify Your Network Portfolio

Author’s note: This article is adapted from my book, Network Beyond Bias. “Your Network Is Your Net Worth” You’ve probably heard that “your network is your net worth.” Let’s think about that for a moment. Your network is an investment, like your 401(k). You wouldn’t put your life savings into just one company’s stock. And…

17 Completely Selfish Reasons to Be a Mentor

Author’s note: This article is adapted from my book, Network Beyond Bias. There are 7 billion altruistic reasons to be a mentor: one for each person on the planet. In case you’re not motivated by do-gooderism, I’ve compiled more than a dozen completely selfish reasons to sign up to be a mentor. Why Be a Mentor?…

Network beyond your industry

Network Beyond Your Industry: 7 reasons to connect with “outsiders”

Network as Broadly as Possible In my programs on networking, I stress the importance of diversifying your professional network. This includes expanding your network beyond your current industry. The first step in assembling your CHAMP network, after all, is to build a relationship with your customer. And customers almost always work in a different industry.…

No one likes a bully

7 Signs You’re the Office Bully

Author’s note: This article is adapted from my book, Network Beyond Bias. 7 Questions for Self-Reflection Think there’s no way you’re an office bully? Ask yourself the following questions, and answer them honestly: In the last six months, have I told someone they’re being “too sensitive” in response to something I said? Have I told…

Show respect for others' identities

5 Easy Ways to Show Respect for Trans People

Author’s note: This article is adapted from my book, Network Beyond Bias. You don’t need to understand someone to show respect for them. Respect can be defined as “to feel or show polite or courteous responses to the wishes or judgments of others.”  For trans and nonbinary individuals, respect means acknowledging and accepting their identities.…

Disrupt the Gender Binary in 5 Simple Steps

Author’s note: This article is adapted from my book, Network Beyond Bias. What does “gender binary” mean? The term “gender binary” refers to the either/or view that people, traits, or behaviors are innately male or innately female, with no gray area in between. Gender binary constraints limit everyone’s ability to be seen for who they…

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