It’s all in who you know… REALLY!
We believe that anyone’s ability to do what they want to do is based on recognizing and tapping their core and extended networks of friends and colleagues. Just ask our intern, “It’s all in who you know,” is a common phrase at the Lodestone Logic offices.
We hope that you find the following tips helpful in optimizing your own networks!
Tip #1: Recognize your network Everyone has a network
Unfortunately, many people do not realize that they have a network. Our eyebrows raise every time we hear people say, “I will never figure out how to _____ (fill in the blank)” or “If only I could find someone who _____ (fill in the blank)” Really? This is not rocket science – who do you already know that would know the answer to your question or would be able to do that work? It really is that simple. In most cases, it just takes a few minutes to review the people that you know and then reach out to them for help.
Tip #2: Invest in your network
It’s not about the # of LinkedIn connections that you can collect, it’s about having good, solid relationships with the people in your network that can help you do what you want to do AND who you’d be willing to help and support them do what they want to do. That’s right – they invest in you, you invest in them. Superficial relationships do not work, real ones do. We know that everyone is so busy. Yet, scheduling lunches and coffees with friends and colleagues is probably one of the best investments of your time that you’ll ever make. You may find common interests that you never knew existed, or better yet, surface potential connections and introductions that you could make for each other to pursue other interests. You may even be inspired to do something that you only dreamed about, but because you connected with someone in your network you are ready to make some things happen!
Tip #3: Use tools to extend your current network
Use the tools that you have available. If your network is unable to get you what you need, then go beyond it. Finding people and resources is so easy with the tools that are available. The amount of information that gets published on the internet everyday is amazing.
Extracting information: Google is an essential tool for finding and surfacing information. It is the #1 website in the world and it is estimated that as of 2011 over 4 billion searches are conducted daily… yes, with a ‘b’. From a professional standpoint, we do many Google searches and then, shocker!, pick up the phone or email the people and companies that we find. We also leverage Tweetdeck and LinkedIn to surface domain experts and specific content that we need for our business.
Producing information: Finally, since we are finding nuggets of information or resources that we deem valuable, we also try to give back to these web-spheres by sharing and publishing this information. FUN FACT: 72 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute. The cat playing the piano videos are entertaining, but the channel from IMIA’s European Summit on Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data are the ones that help connect and educate about issues and opportunities. This Summit brought together experts to figure out how to update legislative policies to mobilize and move health data across EU country borders. Lodestone Logic is proud to be involved with IMIA and the other Summit sponsors to ensure that the information that was produced at the meeting is public so that real advances in healthcare will happen.