Managing any project successfully is all about Team Work combined with years of Accrued Expertise. It is an asset to have an educational background that compliments your field of expertise but "education" without "experience" is like an "arrow" without a "bow." You can never make a perfect shot with a temporary arrow unless you have a permanent bow called: "Life's Experience." Remember, you can never teach experience but you can always teach from experience.
Recently, I've seen so many discussions about how increasing your network adds value. Some think its a waste of time, others see it the other way around. In this blog, I will be sharing my personal experience and point of view.
Increasing your Network Connection base is very beneficial in so many ways so for those who are wondering what the purpose is or what's the added value, I would like to give you a brief of how I personally found it useful:
Mentoring / Assistance: In many cases, I connect with people and they send me a thank you message for connecting with them and say that they are new on this platform and wonder how they can start on so I help them out get started here. Some people feel shy or not comfortable taking a first step so why not we take the first step.
Enhancing the Community Engagement: Item 1, leads to enhanced member engagement within this community as soon as they get their head around it and understand how much of an amazing platform and community it is. I feel that everyone of us should have a sense of ownership towards this community.
Connecting on other Platforms: In many occasions when I connect with people here, they send me a thank you message and tell me that they are not very active here and ask to connect on LinkedIn and share expertise. I did benefit a lot from so many people.
Connecting in Person: In many occasions, I connected with people on person via connecting through this platform and some of them (To be specific 2), we became friends although they are not very active here.
In summary, Networking has so many advantages of which one of them is Building Relationships. You just need to look at the positive side of things and look whats beyond that number. I am not saying I am connecting with all my connections but I certainly connected with a decent number of people. (If you connect closely with 500 people out of the 100,000, this is a great achievement - This maybe a small percentage but it is certainly a big number).
For me, it is not about adding connections to show off the number. It is about the whole package of me being a member of this community, leading by example, contributing, helping, connecting, learning and the list goes on.
Thank you for everyone who gave me the honor to connect with them. There are lots of great people out there, so connect with people and start building relationships.
Network and let your Relationship Ship Sail towards Building Relations !
I've been asked several times why I do have so many connections and why I put in so much effort to get to those numbers. Now I do have a link where I can point them too. ;)
I will be honest; over the time it has become a goal for me to step up the ladder in that category and to become #1 (happens a few days before ...); I took it a bit like a challenge .... ;)
BUT, by far more important was, what you have written here in your blog. Your words are so true and I can't have said it better.
"For me, it is not about adding connections to show off the number. It is about the whole package of me being a member of this community, leading by example, contributing, helping, connecting, learning and the list goes on."
Meanwhile, I have connected with so many of my peers and I was always glad when they came up with a question or request for help and it was an honor for me to help all of them as best as I could. And I have learned so much throughout that process ... I am very thankful about it.
And, my friend, I still remember the first time when we both have connected. You have been very new here at pm.com and I also has been only part of the community for a few months at that time.
And you have asked me something (do not really remember what it was about) and I was glad to help you. And through that connection, a band of some kind of friendship has grown.
It would be an honor for me if we sometimes in the future might have the opportunity to meet in person!
You are such a humble guy and a great and helpful member to that community and also in general ( i am sure about that). Any community can be glad to have you as a member.
Markus - Thank You so much for your kind words, that means a lot to me. You are also a great contributor to this community and I see how hard you try to help people be it here or on LinkedIn and for that I respect you a lot.
Over the years, I built some decent relationships through this community. I connected with some great people on a professional level and others on a personal level via social networking platforms like facebook and instagram. One of those great people is you and many others like Kiron, Sante, Dinah Young and it became more of a virtual friendship and I am hoping and will be honoured if one day I will have the chance to meet you, Kiron, Lenka, Stephane, Sante, Dinah, Drake, Riyadh, Kevin, Jose and many many others in person.
You are such a wonderful and giving person Markus. Keep I]up the great work my friend :-)
P.S. I remember what I asked you 3 years ago: It was about how I can embed my “On LinkedIn” icon into my profile description so it appears as a tab and you certainly helped me with that and many other things.
Thanks Rami. This is a thoughtful addition to the project management profession and this community. Building relationships makes sense in all aspects of our lives, and in that regard, I am happy to call Rami a friend :-)