The best assistants are extensions of their principals (bosses). You’re well positioned to represent the brand – your office, department or division and the organization itself – and build positive, authentic perceptions. External networks and professional associations represent additional opportunities to add value by serving as a brand ambassador.
These associations also represent opportunities to expose yourself to new people, ideas and best practices while nurturing your resilience. That’s critical in a career where you’re constantly supporting others’ success.
In this session, we’ll look at networking principles, how to establish internal and external networks, and the personal and professional benefits of developing international networks through technology.
Plan to look at a couple of case studies, as Shelagh helped professionalize a national network of counterparts who work in the same sector but may be situated up to thousands of kilometers/miles apart from one another. Shelagh will provide an overview of the evolution and structure of this professional association, and how technology plays a role in its success.
She’ll also identify strategies on how to make the business case, launch and nurture your own internal network if your employer isn’t already tapping into such a resource. Shelagh has launched two internal networks, one in 2006 and another in 2012, and both are still going strong.
We’ll wrap up by pushing the boundaries beyond what you might consider a typical network. With technology, we can establish and nurture digital networks across the globe. This presents opportunities to expose yourself to different cultures, practices and people, all of which enhance your CQ/cultural intelligence. At the same time, you’ll be building a network of supportive contacts who share practices and business travel insights.
- Networks as a means of adding value to your employer while enhancing your resilience and cultural intelligence (CQ)
- The benefits of formalizing networks with sector or other peers across the city, region or country
- How to make the business case for an internal network, and then launch it
- Digital networks: exploring International networks of assistants on social media