Castaway. Blue Lagoon. Gilligan’s Island.
When you think back to many of the movies or shows about being shipwrecked and stranded on an island, the key theme is always how will the person or people get off the island.
Well, being successful in business is no different. For a long time, I was the only HR person supporting a large group of employees in the accounting industry and I often felt like I was on an island. The more I felt like an island, the more I tried to find ways to connect with my colleagues in HR from other cities. Why? One, I was lonely and needed the camaraderie and two, I knew that in order to be more successful, I needed to partner and collaborate with other professionals.
I’m often asked why I believe social media is valuable. Being able to connect and collaborate with other HR professionals is one of the most valuable benefits of networking with other pros online.
How many of you are the sole HR practitioner in your office? In your company? By finding sites like Women of HR, other blogs, HR online communities, Twitter, LinkedIn groups, etc., we are giving ourselves the ticket off the island and to success. When you think about literally being stranded on an island, it’s all about how you’ll survive. Sure, you get to make all the decisions, but just think of how your impact is compounded when you have a team of strong people to rely on who can help you with those decisions. It’s gold.
I know that networking in person or online can be challenging for many women. It’s because you have to let your guard down and trust that it will be beneficial. You have to be willing to do it so that you have the relationships you need later when you want someone to collaborate with or to bounce an idea off of. So, if you are a solo practitioner, a consultant that doesn’t have a business partner, someone in between jobs, or someone new to this whole new media world, get off the island…
Here’s your raft.
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