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.