Here’s a useful way to diagnose your current and desired future network. Complete each of the following steps using the Networked Leadership Diagnostic template
- Map Your Current Network
Write down the names in the table of up to 15 people who are important to you in your professional network. For example, they can be people who:
- Give you information and resources
- Help you solve complex problems at work
- Provide you with a fresh perspective
- Provide you with developmental advice or personal support
- Come from inside or outside your organisation
Tick the boxes in the right-hand columns that apply to them:
Deliver: These people are important to ensure you deliver your work and achieve your goals
Discover: These people offer new (often different) perspectives, opportunities, and connections
Recover: These people help you to stay fresh and lift your spirit.
Put a star next to the 5 people who energise you the most.
- Current State
Map all of these people to the ‘Current State’ diagram below the table. Write their initials onto the map in the categories they fall into, and how strong your relationship is with them. The stronger the relationship, the closer to the centre you should put them. You can have up to five names inside the white line – these are the five people you are closest to.
3. Map Your Future Network
Write down a significant result or goal you want to achieve in the next 6-18 months.
With this goal in mind, complete your future network state diagram. Identify the people, or types of people, you need in order to achieve your future goals, and how strong a relationship you need with them. That may include people from your current network. Map them to the future state diagram.
4. Action Planning
- Are there relationships that I could invest in and strengthen?
- Where do I need to create a new relationships?
- Is there an introduction that I can make that would benefit the people who I work with?