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I recently travelled out of town with the man I am dating. During the trip, someone asked me why I hadn’t changed my Facebook status to “in a relationship.” Notwithstanding the giggles and eye roll that followed that question, I pondered the word “relationship.” Coincidentally, I was asked to write a guest post for Talent Anarchy on that very subject. I proceeded to compare a dating relationship with the work […]

Categories: Guest Post, Relationships

Recently, Jason texted me the title of a conference session he was sitting in—Social Capital: Using ONA to Unleash Potential Across an Organization. He added, “this is a good sign.” We have been thinking, talking, and writing about social capital for several years now, and while our message has always been well received on the individual level, it doesn’t yet seem to be catching on at the organizational level. It […]

Several years ago, while I was on the road traveling, I was moved from one office to another where I worked. I knew the change was happening and was thankful my colleagues were kind enough to move my stuff.  When I got back to my office that next Monday, I had to set about the work of getting my office (including my technology) up and running again. So, I plugged […]

Categories: Performance, Relationships

Who you know matters. Sometimes this idea receives skeptical responses. Some folks can’t take it seriously—“We are here to work, not make friends!” Some think it’s about prioritizing popularity over performance. Some think it’s a conversation about mastering the unspoken politics of the workplace. However, who you know matters in very work-related, performance-related ways. Relationships, both the quantity and quality, are even strongly connected to mental health, health behavior, physical health, […]

Jason and I will be heading to Detroit soon to deliver the opening keynote at the American Society of Employers 14th Annual HR Conference. We will be delivering our Social Gravity keynote, which is about relationships and networks of relationships and has been our most highly requested message for the past several years. There will probably be some dancing. As someone who frequently speaks about, and has co-authored a book […]