I read The Connect Effect: Building Strong Personal, Professional, and Virtual Networks by Michael Dulworth ($16 @ Amazon) months ago, forgot to write up the review and finally getting back to it. The emphasis of this book – to me – is on the value of networks, and that was something I needed to read at the time. It’s interesting to read success stories about networking to know that somewhere and sometime it does pay off. If you’re just starting on networking you may find it useful just for that.
The more interesting idea he proposes is of having a ‘personal board of directors’, a team of people that you look to for advice, guidance, etc. That’s an interesting idea. I’m not terribly good at taking advice, but I do a lot better when I can just talk through something with someone that will be thoughtful about it. Making that group tangible seems worthwhile, if maybe more complex than just the adhoc ‘hey, what do you think I should do…’ kind of conversation.
Not a must read, but not a bad book either.