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Nicole:

A network is an outcome -- the ecosystem of all the relationships and connections built over time. To be clear, we also do some shedding as our interests and focus shift, and that is quite alright. We "walk" along with some people for a while, then others. The overall result is an organic and interrelated exchange with various levels of activity depending upon timing, attention and interests.

I will address this more in depth in a subsequent kata, building flexibility and being available and adaptable within one's network is one of the secrets to personal and professional success. The less we demand of others and the more we inspire within the voluntary give + take of the conversation, the greater the number of connections over time. Thank you for stimulating further reflection.

I found this post to be very relevant. For the last seven years I have professionally dedicated my time to building my network (a result of being a recruiter). However I have learned that successful people (personally and professionally) are those who make an effort at building a network. I will talk more about this on my blog (http://www.nicolechardinonline.com/careerthoughts.htm) today. I am discussing how networks aren't always business tools, but communities of support that allow us to be successful in all areas of our lives.

Carolyn Ann:

Likewise, I have found conversations with you here and at your blog to be illuminating of many angles and considerations that have taken my thinking to the next level.

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