Build your network before you need it

In the early 1990s, Harvard Business Review published an analysis of the engineers at Bell Labs. Titled How Bell Labs creates star performers, the report tried to identify the key attributes of AT&T’s best engineers. The researchers equalized for education and experience. Among their conclusions was that the most effective engineers built their personal networks before they needed them.

The best sought others who were working on interesting projects. They asked questions and offered ideas. In this way, they broadened their own understanding of the think tank’s projects and, most importantly, established credibility among peers. When a crisis hit, not only did they know whom to call, but the person at the other end would answer and help.

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