People who know me, know that I love networking. 🙂
But what they don’t know is that I have a greater love of keeping strong business relationships. And that I’m very, very selective about who I meet to catch-up for business or just a chat.
Maintaining business networks take a lot of time and effort. So I believe in choosing.
Perhaps, there is this thing about networking which is misunderstood. Of course the size of your network is important. However, where your network is is even more important.
Business wise, for example–Why would you want to “network” in a place where unemployment rates are sky high? This not only makes things difficult for yourself, but will also incur an opportunity cost of maintaining the relationships with people you already have, in other places.
In short– Choose to invest your time and effort on the right network. If it is for business purposes, the KPI needs to be measured in dollars and cents eventually.
My professor ended the lecture yesterday with a line to the class– “I probably won’t see you again, have a good life!” I think that’s personally something I’d say too! 🙂
So: dream big, think bigger–learn to see the value of what you have in Asia, instead of thinking that the grass is greener on the other side.
The period of growth for Europe–sans Germany, Holland and France– is over. The new growth is now mostly in American and Asia.
Mediocrity will cost.