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Moving from Mentorship to Sponsorship: Securing New Seats at the Table

Though the terms mentor and sponsor are commonly used interchangeably, there are clear differences between the two. Almost anyone can be a mentor, but only those with access to positions of power and leadership, and the ability to improve the visibility of those they sponsor, can serve as sponsors. Mentorship can be looked at as…

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Meetings, Emails, Phone Calls: Lather, Rinse, Repeat

In our blog ‘The Power of Collaborative Networks: Social Network Science’, we provided a brief overview of social network science and Organizational Network Analysis (ONA), a methodology for collecting, analyzing, and visualizing patterns of collaboration, information-sharing, knowledge transfer, and productivity within an organization. Through understanding an organization’s informal or invisible structure – outside of position…

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Networking to Your Greatest Potential!

This month we’re exploring how networking and relationships are critical to the success and well-being of both individuals and organizations. We’ve examined the theories underpinning a lot of the exciting work being done around organizational network analyses (ONAs), how those insights can be applied to important aspects of the employee experience, and now we want…

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Collaborative Networks – It All Starts with an Effective Onboarding Program

Was your organization prepared for your arrival when you started your job? Did anyone offer to introduce you to your colleagues? As we referenced in last week’s blog, The Power of Collaborative Networks: Social Network Science, organizational networks play a vital role in how work is accomplished, ideas are shared, and people who are key…

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The Power of Collaborative Networks: Social Network Science

It’s easy to see how an organization is formally structured by organizational unit, position titles, and grades. But what about the informal, often invisible, structure of organizations? Everyone knows the titles on the doors, but the individuals who control the informal flow of information and create pathways for collaboration remain a mystery. Over the past…

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