Networking skills

Is networking a skill needed by public servants?

Yes it is. The Integrated Leadership System identifies networking under the capability Cultivates productive working relationships. For Executive Level positions, the sub-capability Nurtures internal and external relationships, is expressed, in part, as ‘Builds and sustains relationships with a network of key people internally and externally.’

What’s the value of networking with colleagues?

Networking within your organisation:

  • Builds your visibility so that people know who you are.
  • Gives access to opportunities such as temporary assignments.
  • Enables you to build alliances.
  • Gives access to inside information thereby building your knowledge power.
  • Enables you to make exchanges and build reciprocity.
  • Taps a wider circle of potential referees.
  • Provides opportunities to help others.

Networking outside your organisation:

  • Does all of the above.
  • Enables you to build relationships with people who have an interest in your organisation (clients and stakeholders).
  • Provides opportunities to represent your organisation.
  • Provides avenues for increasing your understanding of stakeholders’ business.
Where do you find networking opportunities?
  • In-house social events.
  • Communities of interest.
  • Professional associations.
  • In-house promotional events.
  • Meetings, committees, working groups.
  • APSC forums
  • Business and community functions.
  • Service club meetings.
  • Chambers of Commerce.
  • Forums offered by universities.
  • Special interest groups.
Dr Ann Villiers, career coach, writer and author, is Australia’s only Mental Nutritionist® specialising in mind and language practices that help people build flexible thinking, confident speaking and quality connections with people.