The value of networks
As I think about the AAPNZ AGM and PD Forum last weekend, I have been reflecting on the value of being a member of an internationally recognised professional association. One of the benefits of being involved in a professional organisation is the networks that are created and can be accessed through these connections.
Since becoming a member of AAPNZ over 12 years ago I have been privileged to meet and network with a wide range of people. It has empowered me, provided me with excellent leadership opportunities which in turn has enabled me to gain employment in higher level roles. And it has given me the skills and most importantly the connections to begin Admin Advantage.
I often tell the story of the time when my AAPNZ Wellington Group network “came to my rescue” when my caterer failed to deliver literally on the day of a meeting. I was able to send an SOS to my network and quickly come up with a solution to my food dilemma. When my Manager complimented me on the new caterer and asked why we’d made the change, she was not only impressed that I have sorted the issue without it becoming a major crisis and also found a great new caterer but I had done so without it impacting on her meeting.
While this is a small example in the scheme of things, through my networks I was able to solve a problem without causing concern to my Manager with a minor but important part of the day, and impress with my resourcefulness.
Other members of my network have heard of and secured new employment opportunities because of the connections made through being an active member of AAPNZ. Through the connections I have made in my varied administrative roles I have been able to facilitate connections and opportunities for people in these different organisations to enhance their roles.
Networking can be daunting, no matter how much of an extrovert you are, walking into a room where you don’t know anyone is not an easy thing to do. But the benefits of being involved with a group of like-minded professionals is so powerful and vital to career growth. Building long-term relationships and a good reputation over time involves sharing, not taking. It is about forming trust and helping one another toward goals. Regularly engaging with your contacts and finding opportunities to assist them helps to strengthen the relationship. By doing this, you sow the seeds for reciprocal assistance when you need help to achieve your goals. It can also expose you to new ideas and opportunities, be they new employment, keeping abreast of technology and other advancements in your profession. Your network can be your biggest cheerleader, your devil’s advocate and your source of inspiration.
August 10, 2016 / Sherie Pointon / 1
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