The 5 Types Of People You Need In Your Professional Network [Book Review]

Today I’m reviewing the book: Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage For Your Career. It’s a book that helps you to understand your professional network through an inclusive lens.

In todays show I discuss several things including:

  • The five types of people that you should consider in your professional network
  • The importance of your personal narrative
  • The reasons how employee resource groups can help you to leverage your professional network and much much more

Here’s some of what I share in the show:

Your Professional Network Influences your Career Outcomes

I explain how the book is concerned with work-based relationships and how they can influence your career:

“An underlying assumption of the book is that your professional network is indicative of your career outcomes. This can be summed up in a term used in the book: “Your network is your net worth”

 Why you need CHAMP’s in your Professional Network

I explain how the author recommends that we would all benefit from having particular individuals in our professional network:

 “I want to draw attention to.. the five types of people the author recommends which are Customer, Hire, Associate, Mentor and Protege. The acronym used is CHAMP. A whole section of the book is dedicated to exploring this. And I think it’s important because it moves beyond the myth that everyone in your social network plays an identical role”

 The Importance of Your Personal Narrative

I discuss how a big takeaway from the book was the importance of cultivating a personal narrative and reflecting on individual experience:

“The author led by example by sharing some really interesting personal anecdotes about coming out as a bisexual woman in the workplace and how others acted as role models. This suggests to me that even though this book appears to be about managing relationships with others. A lot of work is also required to manage our relationships with ourselves”

If you want a quick snapshot of what the episode is about, I’ve created some slides that you may find interesting 

Show Notes

Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your Career

Amy C. Waninger on LinkedIn

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Jennifer Brown: Inclusion, Allies & The Will to Change

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  • Why novelty is at the heart of your inclusion journey

The Elements of Inclusion #3

Leaders must establish systems to ensure that everyone shares the same advantages and benefits. These processes will create incentives for inclusive behaviours.

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The Elements of Inclusion #2

Leaders must redefine career development relationships to support inclusive performance.
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  • Why established workplace norms must evolve for inclusion in the modern workplace

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Leaders must properly socialise people and socialise inclusive ideas by providing an environment for the cultural learning needed for an active role in an inclusive organisation

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