How to stay connected with your network

If you’ve been working for more than 10 plus years, by virtue of tenure, you’ve developed a number of relationships.

You’ve seen colleagues rise within companies, leave companies or chart new paths.

How do you stay in touch effectively and genuinely?

Here are three strategies to stay connected.

1.  Be helpful: Share a resource, connect them to other folks in your network, support their business, help share their ideas on social media.

 2. Seek and share advice and council: As you grow, there are opportunities to learn from each other’s experience irrespective of seniority. Look for natural ways to foster dialogue particularly if there are causes or related problems that connect you.

3. Share annual updates: Proactively keep them updated on events in your life at least once a year. Find the channel, format and altitude of sharing that is most authentic to you and that lets your network know what you’re up to. This may be different based on...

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Why peer mentors are critical in advancing your career

When you've been in the workforce for over 10+ years, the first thing to change is the mentor-mentee relationship. You're no longer right out of school and you have experience, so by definition the types of mentorship you need is different.

One of the most untapped resources are PEER mentors, people who are at your level of the organization, who you likely collaborate with frequently, and who also share varying degrees of expertise.  Invest in this brain trust.

 Added benefits? With strong peer mentors you'll have a stronger view of the needs across your organization. Collectively, each of you can help one another collectively rise as a cohort. Last, often times in year-end assessments, it is feedback from peers that is weighted heavily.

How do you build strong peer mentors? MENTOR BACK. Teach your peers what you know, share generously and look for ways to help them also grow. I guarantee you'll find this also makes for a much happier work environment.

Onward, 

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