Posted by Larry Doyle on July 28th, 2009 2:28 PM |
Is business more a function of what you know or who you know? While some people may believe one factor is more important than the other, prudent risk management dictates you put as many ‘arrows’ as possible in both ‘quivers.’
We are obviously living through extremely challenging times. The greatest challenge facing many people revolves around the question of employment. I do not pretend to have a magic formula on finding a great job and developing a long and successful career. That said, I have had enough experience helping people on and off Wall Street to provide insights on this all important topic.
In my opinion, the key to finding a job and then growing a career centers on two factors: discipline and relationships. One needs the discipline to continually move further up the learning curve. Knowledge is power. That said, all the knowledge in the world will be minimized without the ability to engage and develop relationships.
Business of all stripes is ultimately all about relationships. The ability to initiate and grow relationships is of paramount importance in any field. In the process of developing relationships, one should network extensively so that one relationship grows into multiple relationships.
This is all well and good but many people will ask, ‘where do I start?’ I would respond by collecting data and material via informational interviews before you even start to think about pursuing a job. (more…)