September 26, 2011 / 12:22 PM / 7 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Steps to a better network

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers his keynote address at the Facebook f8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

BOSTON (Reuters) - Many people, under the guise of building the right network, waste time investing in fruitless connections, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“Having the right network is crucial to getting ahead in today’s organizations. But far too many people waste valuable time investing in fruitless connections.

Here are three steps to build a more productive network:

1. Analyze. Identify the people in your network and what you get out of interacting with them. Remember you’re looking for quality, not quantity.

2. De-layer. Most likely not everyone in your network helps you. Make some hard decisions to back away from redundant or energy-sapping relationships.

3. Diversify. Build your network out with different kinds of people. Focus on energizers who will help you achieve your goals.”

- Today’s management tip was adapted from “A Smarter Way to Network” by Rob Cross and Robert Thomas.

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