Network Economy – Develop Social Networks and Self-Direction for Success This 21st Century
In this modern economy, everyone is swimming in a sea of uncertainties, without any end game that you can be sure of. Things change in work and social environments: the process, the structures, and the rules. If the old frameworks focused on the capacity of selling products, services, or the people themselves for maximum personal gain or profit, the new network economy is going to reward connections with communities, organizations, and individuals in ways which reap enduring associational and financial capital. To be independent-minded about goals and vision means being able to go beyond reliance on existing structure to climb higher, putting emphasis on the development of sets of mutually-beneficial contacts in which it is possible to come up with ever-evolving opportunities.
The new economy is being described as a more freelance, more flexible, more collaborative, albeit far less secure work world. Out of the abilities and values to navigate in it, there seems to be a need to strike a balance between doing good and doing well, a more independent-minded approach in advancement of career as replacement for the corporate ladder which usually rewarded alliance to company instead of integrity, collaboration with co-workers with an increasing diversity, which include older people who work long past the conventional age for retirement and taking direction from the Generation X and sustainability of the environment. This is another way of seeing the challenges associated with the paradigm shift: it is possible to create a future wherein making a living is associated with making a life.
Many people have this tendency of wanting to do things the way they have always been doing them, and they find it a great comfort to go back to a routine following a destabilizing change. However, the shift to Network Economy already started. Things will not go back to what they used to be so you will be better off if you use the uncertainty for upgrading the relationship skills and investing in an array of social relationships which draw on various strengths and expose you to diverse situations and people.
Below are some great ideas to help you expand self-awareness which will also expand social networks for both professional and personal advancement:
- Prepare a list of established accomplishments and strengths you go. Be specific. List down positive comments other people made about these in conversations, performance reviews, or letters.
- List down unused and undeveloped potential abilities. Next to each one, cite actions to follow to tap into these potentials. Look for websites, organizations, classes, or conferences which offer opportunities for attending training, observing other people involved in the areas, and talking to people.
- If you are not comfortable with the thought of meeting new people, get yourself busy doing important things. While there is still discomfort, you know that this is for a higher purpose.
- List down the people who are part of your life, the contributions they have for your well being, and the things you do for them.