Mapping the Critical Relations in Your Developmental Network
Every time I complete exercise – Mapping the Critical Relations in Your Developmental Network – I’m reminded of the importance of paying attention to who we have around us for support – whether for learning, ideas, a sounding board or even just moral support. I’ve also noticed how my needs change over time as I switch directions with my business, move to a new place or want to try something new.
We tend to have a variety of networks that serve various purposes. From growing our businesses to growing ourselves. From gaining a new skill to gaining visibility in the marketplace. A developmental network is a special type of network made up of relationships we have with people who take an active interest in our professional and personal development. These are the people we turn to and rely on for input, advice and ideas to help us along the way. They are focused on our learning and leadership development.
Often our developmental network happens by chance more than design and yet having community of support around us is essential to our growth and development. Taking the time to map out this network helps us identify those key people available to us that we may not have realized. It also helps us identify gaps, enabling us to think strategically about what additional support would be helpful given our current personal and professional goals.