By a significant margin, we are now the largest networking group of senior financial executives in the entire world. Not only that, but by any measure, we are more connected with each other on a national basis than any other organization as well. And, our reputation is well known. We no longer are a “secret society.”
Over the “next piece of time” our goal as an organization is to manage our growth and strengthen the ties that bind all of us together and to our many audiences.
The first step each of you can take on a daily or weekly basis is to be in touch with your fellow members. I hope that you will take seriously my request that you try to call at least one new member every week. If that is not possible, try to make it at least once a month. Anything you do with respect to reaching out to our new members impresses them with the importance with which we treat our mutual networking efforts.
If you don’t want to call new members, call old members. Reaching out to old members also works for me. Do some research using our Member Directory Search feature and make it a goal of yours to speak with at least one member you don’t already know every week. That would mean at the end of a year you will have 50 new friends. (I’m allowing you two weeks for a brief vacation.) Not a bad goal! You should also allot time to reaching out to old friends. Those who helped you in your job search should not be ignored now that you are working. If you keep your nose to the grindstone and your shoulder to the wheel ALL the time, you will be doing yourself a disservice. The world of The FENG is about networking for the rest of your career.
Although like riding a bicycle, I doubt that you will forget how to network, you need to always be practicing.
Networking is a lifetime activity. At one time the attitude of most folks was, let me see if I can find a job that will take me through to retirement. That pipedream is long gone. Managing your own career growth goes hand in hand with managing the growth of The FENG.
Our relationships with the search community are also a key to our success. For those who have not visited our website recently, I would encourage you to do so and reread the part about sharing job leads with each other and only responding when qualified. While we have made friends with many small search firms, both retained and contingency, we still need to improve what we do and how we do it so that the very top tier search firms are comfortable with our environment.
I market The FENG to all of the search professionals who call me and I hope you will lobby them as well to do the smart thing and provide us with the city location and compensation range when posting with us. I also encourage them to sign their postings with their FULL business card information. Everything about The FENG is about REAL people. If they want to just be an email address, I suggest they take their requirements elsewhere. For the most part I refuse to take email address only postings.
If we treat each other with great respect and treat the members of the search community with great respect, we can’t lose.