Building relationships is vital to any business. As such, growing your business network is all the rage.
If you are in business development for anyone other than yourself, the question “who owns your network?” may come up. It’s interesting to consider that you could spend vast amounts of time building your network and having it not really be yours at all.
Heres why; they pay you to build their business. FACT: networking is beneficial for far more than simply business growth. REALITY: many people dont see it at such. If your boss is one of those people, they are going to see your network as something they paid you to build. The logic being that they pay you to grow business and networking is a means to that end.
It makes some sense. Consider the number of their clients, vendors and prospects you will likely add to your network. Should you be able to work with them if a separation occurs? Think about the non-competes so many companys have their employees sign. Granted, most are relatively unenforceable especially in right to work states.
So adding people related to their business to your network may be a cause for trouble. What about the network you had in place before? You know the one that likely helped you find the job in the first place.
Do we have to take snapshots of our network every time we take on a new role? Is our network negotiable? How much gray surrounds this topic and who will color it up for us?
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