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Ellen Levy, The Most Connected Woman In Silicon Valley? | Fast Company

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How does someone go about building a network like yours?

When you talk about networking a lot, it can make it seem like a superficial habit.

Probably one of the best strategies is to understate what and who you know, and then overdeliver. The worst time to build a relationship is when you need something--that would be a transaction, and that’s not the same thing. One of the best ways to build a relationship is to help someone when there’s no ulterior motive for doing so. I

learned a lot about this working in venture capital. It can be really simple things-–sending you an article about something we talked about that you said was of particular interest to you, for example, makes you realize I put myself in your shoes. When you do that kind of thing every day, you realize all kinds of people are happy to help you.

I am far from being the most connected person in any community or to be in such important position on huge companies, but my job is building those bridges that she very well describes bellow(feeling the same rush):

"Often where I’m able to help is connecting the dots. I get a big rush out of figuring out the right person, connection, or lead--and it’s more of a rush when it’s not obvious how I would know it." And she goes on: "People at the intersections, who can connect these disparate people, ideas, and resources that don’t normally interact, are so important. If I were to go back to the academic world now I would focus my research and teaching on the changing nature of the organization, and look at bridge-building as a way of getting innovation and employee satisfaction. When it works, it works really well. I don’t mind trying to break down some of the walls. I’m already doing it."

Thank you for sharing!

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