Leadership and Networks

Editor’s Note: This post is a featured guest post by one of our IAI University Partners, Patti Anklam of Net Work.

In the concluding chapter of my book, Net Work, I focused on “The Leader’s Net Work.”  From reading about and talking to leaders of networks, I arrived at the following set of prescriptions:

  • Network intentionally (high performers are those who pay attention to their personal networks)
  • Practice network stewardship (you can’t manage a network, you can only manage its context)
  • Leverage technology (see below)
  • Build the capacity for net work (ensure that others become aware of and and develop skills)
  • Use the network lens and net work tools to enhance the lives and contributions of individuals and the collective power of the network

These change, of course, each time I give a talk or think about leadership and networks. I’m currently working with Leadership for a New Era (a research initiative of The Leadership Learning Community) as well as other networks to explore more deeply this topic. My most recent thinking, part of a collaborative effort, was posted as a guest blog “How can we prepare leaders to work in a networked world?” on Beth Kanter’s site.

This included the very important notion of network literacy by which I mean “the language and tools [leaders] need to be able to discern and describe network activity, the insights they need to understand network structure, and an appreciation for the vital yet often subtle tasks of managing a network’s context.” I failed to acknowledge, in that post, that the insight into the need for literacy came from a grand brainstorming conversation with Grady McGonagil, whose recent work and research with the Bertelsmann Foundation was presented recently at an International Leadership Association webinar, Leadership Development in the US: Best-Practice Principles & Patterns.

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How are you managing leadership and network context?

  • Wondering how to tap the brains in your organization?
  • Tired of hoping that installing “social tools” will break down the cultural silos you know are cutting out value from your employees?
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The course is presented by Patti Anklam, Principal Consultant at Net Work, and author of the best selling book “Net Work.”  She has consulted with hundreds of organizations around the world.

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  • Overview of SNA/ONA
  • The Premise
  • Evolution From Science to Practice
  • Core Concepts and Terms
  • Case Study: Ten Steps

Module 2: Network Patterns and Metrics

  • Basic Principles and Patterns
  • Structural and Centrality Metrics
  • Roles

Module 3: Software Tools for Network Analysis

  • The Basics of Inputs and Outputs
  • Collecting Data Using Surveys
  • Analysis Tools
  • Available Resources

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  • Managing the Project
  • Organizational Preparation
  • Working With the Results
  • Critical Success Factors

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