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The Connect Effect

Networking is not mere socializing--it is a vital personal and professional development skill. An effective network can make you more knowledgeable, help you address critical issues, accelerate your career, and even improve your health and well-being. It's just too important to be left to chance. With "The Connect Effect" you can take a conscious, systematic approach to networking. To begin with, Author Michael Dulworth helps you evaluate how network-savvy you are. Dulworth then identifies three distinct kinds of networks: personal, professional, and virtual, exploring their specific characteristics and offering strategies, tools, and resources for building up and making the best use of each one. Stories from Dulworth's over twenty years of experience running networks, as well as interviews with top executives, researchers, and thought leaders, provide insights and advice about how networks function in the real world.

The Connect Effect

Mike Dulworth

Mike Dulworth

Chairman and CEO of Executive Networks, Inc., a leading provider of peer-to-peer network for HR professionals in large organizations worldwide.  Before acquiring Executive Networks in late 2003, Mike was Vice President of Learning Services at The Concours Group.  Prior to that, Mike was a Founder and CEO of Learning Technologies Group, Inc.  Mike has also held positions at The Conference Board, Sirota & Alper Associates and the U.S. General Accounting Office.  He is the author, co-author or a contributor to seven books on executive development, learning, and high-performance organizations.  His most recent books are Corporate Learning: Proven and Practical Guidelines for Building a Sustainable Learning Strategy (Pfeiffer, 2005), Strategic Executive Development: The Five Essential Investments (Pfeiffer, 2005) and The Connect Effect: Building Strong Personal, Professional and Virtual Networks (Berrett-Koehler, 2008).  Mike has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MPA, with a concentration in organizational behavior, from the University of Southern California.   

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What's Your Networking Quotient (NQ)?

The NQ self-assessment measures the strength of your current network and also your current networking capabilities.  Before you answer the questions below, take some time to list all the people in your network universe.  Your networking universe consists of three primary types: 1) personal network, 2) professional network, and 3) virtual network.  Each plays a role in determining your NQ. Your personal network is made up of your family,
extended family, school friends and contacts, lifelong friends, and so on.  It is also made up of your active friends (people you see face-to-face at least once a month) and people from your church, clubs, activities, neighborhood, and community. 

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