Michael Simmons’ Forbes article titled “The Most Important Decision You Need to Make When Building a Network ” tackles the questions we are all wondering when it comes to establishing relationships. Creating an extensive network, both personally and professionally, is tempting, but it brings up the age-old dilemma: “Quality or quantity?”
Initially, growth is both essential and inevitable. But at what point does expansion begin to hinder progress? As our Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. CEO defines it. Jeff Stibel provide an answer for what to do when you reach this stage. After immense growth, it is essential to reevaluate your network. Once you have reached capacity, a large-scale network becomes inefficient and difficult to maintain. In order to combat this, it is important to understand that as networks increase in size quality becomes much more important than quantity.
Instead of forcing expansion, it becomes more beneficial to establish close, valuable relationships. At that point, we must then decide which relationships are most important so that we are best able to foster and encourage their growth.
Want to Learn More?
Here are some additional articles you might find helpful:
- Breakpoint: What Ants Can Teach Us About Market Saturation
- The Network Wisdom of Ants: Adapt or Wither
- Jeff Posts in February
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