I reached out to someone who was new to my company. Working remotely when you’re four months into a new job likely wasn’t easy! Taking a page out of my skip-level meeting, I started our call by asking how she was doing and used the opportunity to share a little about myself. The time flew by and together we came up with a plan to build her network.
I recently had another week end on a high as well. I had a video call with another senior leader at my company, as suggested by a mutual colleague. We’d done the “schedule shuffle” for a few months. It was energizing to make a personal connection and discover both educational and professional parallels.
This may not seem like a lot, but making personal connections has been positive for me during these past few weeks. Along with many at Vanguard, I have embraced our strong networking culture and enjoyed with individuals in person in our galleys (cafeterias). In this “virtual new world,” I’m making new connections and rekindling with colleagues from the past, without an impact on my schedule.
This change has strengthened and expanded my network and has made the world seem a bit smaller.
Note: I’ve been thinking of writing an article on networking and this COVID-19 era of working remotely seemed like the right time to publish it. Thanks for following!