Published on July 8, 2009
Net Work:Building and Sustaining a Network
June 24, 2009
Outline for the Day
Goals Prepare you to launch an apprenticeship network Understanding networks Using collaborative tools Setting up for success
Networking is about making and leveraging personal connections How I got here today: I met Beth Kanter via John Smith, whom I know from CPsquare. Beth and I connected at a workshop for Rare Conversation. She then referred me to you, the client.
Net Work is about identifying, creating, and sustaining networks
What is a network? “An interwoven or interrelated number of things…”
Your networks Groups and organizations that you belong to Formal networks Informal networks The individuals you interact with, have relationships with, and to whom you can reach out 8
Formal networks Often centralized or hierarchical Fixed relationships Defined patterns of information flow 9
Informal networks “How work gets done” Key people exchange ideasand pass information Drive social capital 10
History of the Network Perspective New York Times, April 3, 1933
1967: Six Degrees of Separation Omaha Boston Stanley Milgram, Yale University
The new science of networks Beginning in the 1990’s computer science made it possible to map and analyze large networks Beginning in 2002-2003, the network insights started to become accessible
BusinessWeek, February 27, 2006
What we learned from the science Networks can be drawn Relationships (links) among people (nodes) can be analyzed: Counted, summed, averaged Grouped, segmented Patterns matter 11% 2.581
PurposeStructureStyleValueThe network view provides access to understanding a network’s properties
Network Properties: Purpose Aid and support people, environment Create economic gain for stakeholders Practice-focused learning and personal development Generate and collaborate in creating and using ideas Nurture emotional and affiliative relationships 17
Purpose drives the design factors What networks are you in? What would these look like if you drew them? What do the leadership models look like for these? What roles do you play in each of them? What value do you receive from them? What value does the network itself produce?
Network Properties: Structure Hub and Spoke: Starting Context Random Connections: Discoverable Hierarchy: Command and Control Stovepipes Core/Periphery: Healthy End State Heterarchy: Teams
The structure changes as the network grows Hub & Spoke Scattered Clusters Core/Periphery Multi-hub Small World Source: Valdis Krebs
Structure of Ties Strong ties: Close, frequent Reciprocal Weak ties Infrequent interaction No emotional connection Absent ties No personal connection beyond “nodding”
Patterns of Individual Roles Peripheral specialists Information broker Central connector Influencer 23
Different structures for different types of work 24
Network Properties: Style What are members like?How does it “feel” to be in the network?How does it engage its members?How is it led?
What are members like?
How does it “feel” to be in the network?
How does it engage its members?
How is it led?
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