Building a Quality High Performance Professional Network in the “Knowledge” Economy

In the knowledge-rich society and professional world we live in, building a quality high performing professional network should be a focus for every professional knowledge worker. More than ever, we need to be connected and integrated in communities that provide mutual value. It is no longer enough to have a network consisting of all the people you meet at conferences, through work or at other events.

We need to pro-actively develop and manage our professional network as an integral part of our career management in the knowledge economy. This is far more than just having the inter-personal skills to talk to people and make meaningful contact that can grow into lasting professional links. Having these skills is great, and we need them. But managing our professional network needs to go beyond that.

  1. We need to be able to ascertain the quality and performance of our professional network.
  2. We need to know what the strengths and weaknesses are of our current network.
  3. We need to know how to pro-actively manage our network to ensure we prepare for the next step in our career.

In order to do all of this we need to understand how knowledge is generated and shared in societies. We also need to understand how different kinds of people fulfill different requirements for knowledge. And, importantly, we need to know what our strengths are in professional networking.

When we look at our current professional network, we need to be able to identify strengths and weaknesses, and have a road map of how to improve and refine our professional network to serve us best, and also optimize value for all other members of our network.

Just like we suffer from an information overload in the current online and knowledge-rich world, we can end up having a large number of people that we know, but we do not derive the value that we could from the network because it is not suitable for our career, or is so overloaded that we are not able to have focused contact. We can end up wasting time by increasing the size of our network without really improving its quality and performance in our career or for anybody else in the network. If we allow that to happen, we also do not do others a service, because we all become numbers in one another’s professional networks rather than a well-functioning community that add value for one another.

There are more and more online tools and facilities that enable us to build global professional links and networks. The aim is not to participate in as many of them, or even to have as many contacts as possible. Rather, we need to utilize these wisely in order to build meaningful and useful professional networks that will become an integral part of the success of our careers.

Most courses (and online courses), as well as other information about professional networks focus on the inter-relational and social skills we need to build good links with others. These are important, but do not necessarily mean we’ll end up with a good professional network. Information on how to ensure quality and optimize value from the network for all participants is not readily available.

However, a quality, well-designed and high performance professional network is imperative in the knowledge economy.

Fiorentina vs Inter 12-02-07

Fiorentina: Frey, Ujfalusi, Gamberini, Potenza, Pasqual, Kuzmanovic, Donadel, Liverani, Mutu, Semioli and Pazzini

Inter Milan: Cesar, Maicon, Cordoba, Samuel, Chivu, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Jimenez, Dacourt, Ibrahimovic and Cruz

First chance for Fiorentina in the 2dn minute as Kuzmanovic headed the ball just over.

Good chance for Mutu as Donadel’s shot was played in his direction and his improvisation was just not good enough in the 7th minute.

Goal for Inter in the 9th minute as Zlatan’s through ball to Jimenez was dispatched quite clinically.

Good play by Fiorentina as Mutu’s clever flick went to Kuzmanovic and his cross was miskicked by Mutu then he tried to redeem himself but was closed down by Samuel, Cordoba and Chivu in the 12th minute.

Great chance for Pazzini to make it 1-1 but his header was weak because the cross from Mutu was weak and Chivu was able to clear the ball away in the 21st minute.

Maxwell is on for Dacourt in the 22nd minute.

Good play by Pazzini as he turned Samuel and hit his shot but was saved by Cesar i9n the 23rd minute.

Chance for Inter with Jimenez playing a very good ball to Zlatan but his shot was parried for a corner kick by Frey in the 27th minute.

Silly free kick given away by Chivu on Semioli but Pasqual’s attempt was easily saved by Cesar.

Good play again by Inter but Maxwell wasted a very good opportunity by trying to beat Fry on his near post but it was saved and Cruz could do nothing with the rebound in the 32nd minute.

It is end to end in this game as they are taking it in turns to attack each other but no clear cut chances in the last .

2-0 to Inter Milan with Zlatan Ibrahimovic again very prominent in the move as he plays in a fantastic pass to Cruz leaving 1on 1 with Frey and he calmly passed in into the net in the 44th minute.

Half Time

Fiorentina 0 Inter Milan 2

It has been a very good half of football with Inter being totally professional in their manner of going about things and with 3 fabulous forwards and a gem in Ibrahimovic.

They also have a very good defence that is uncompromising in their approach to play and are ably helped by athletic midfielders like Zanetti and Cambiasso.

Fiorentina have not played badly but they are somewhat lacking in the final third where Mutu perhaps tries to do too much at times.

At the start of the second half Christian Vieri and Martin Jorgensen for Kuzmanovic and Pazzini.

Good defending by Cordoba as he twice intercepted in matter of seconds to thwart the threat of Fiorentina on the 51st minute.

Chance for Vieri in the 53rd minute following a great pass from Liverani but it was on his right foot and was pulled wide.

Zlatan had 3 bites at the cherry in the 55th minute as he was put through by Cruz and his first shot was stopped by Frey with his right hand, it came back to Zlatan and his shot was punched by Frey back to him and his final shot was over the bar.

Frey has again denied Zlatan in the 58th minute with a wonderful save for a corner kick.

Mario Santana is on for Fabio Liverani in the 59th minute.

Good block by Gamberini on Julio Cruz in the 68th minute.

David Suazo in on for Julio Cruz in the 73rd minute.

Another chance for Inter but Maicon’s cross was too high for Zlatan to make it 3-0 in the 74th minute.

Good cross by Mutu and it was met well by Vieri but his header was over the crossbar in the 77th minute.

Again excellent defending by Inter this time by Samuel, who stops Pasqual’s cross from doing any damage in the 79th minute.

Good play by Suazo as he beat Jorgensen in the penalty box but his cross was saved by Frey in the 80th minute.

Marco Materazzi is on for Luiz Jimenez in the 81st minute.

Great save by Cesar with his feet on Semioli’s header in the 91st minute.

Full Time

Fiorentina 0 Inter Milan 2

It was a very good performance by Inter Milan proving once again that they are the team to beat in SerieA as they brushed aside the challenge of Fiorentina.

There were a lot of very good performances in Inter’s colours with Zlatan, Jimenez, Cruz, Samuel, Cordoba and Maicon but Esteban Cambiasso was possibly the pick of the bunch.

For Fiorentina Sebastian Frey was their best player by a long way and it was an emotional day for everyone concerned with Fiorentina especially Cesare Prandelli whose wife passed away on Monday and the fans game him a standing ovation and a 1 minute silence was observed in her honour.

The Art of the Inter-Office Memo

Writing a memo in the office may seem like a simple, straightforward activity, but it’s actually a bit more complex. There are a number of things, like tone, spelling, etc., that can affect the way you are perceived by others. There are also a few “rules” you may want to consider, an etiquette if you will, when writing an inter-office memo. Let’s take a look at some of those guidelines:

Tone: Tone is the emotion or attitude that comes across in your writing. It can be polite, authoritative, passive, etc., and even arrogant and rude. After writing any communication, read over it when you’re done. Be sure you’re coming across in a polite manner and not stepping on anyone’s toes. Try not to sound too authoritative or bossy. Your coworkers will notice.

Spelling: It’s actually very important to use proper spelling and grammar whenever possible. Spell-check programs exist on nearly every email or document program. Correct spelling and grammar not only projects intelligence and professionalism, but it also will cut down on miscommunication and confusion. Again, reading over communications before sending is key. Run spell-check and grammar programs if they’re available to you.

Recipients: Be sure to include all recipients required for the communications. Don’t leave anyone out accidentally, but also don’t include anyone not relevant to the matter at hand. This will also project professionalism and proficiency.

Be specific: When writing a memo, be specific and succinct. Write clearly and directly, addressing the issue and what is required (if anything) from the recipients. If you require a response, be sure to include a statement to that effect. Don’t assume recipients will know what you require. Also, don’t include any information which isn’t necessary to the matter. Doing so will only waste your time and the time of your coworkers.

Limit personal material: Ending with a personal favorite quote as a “signature” is fine, but attaching pictures of family or pets isn’t exactly professional. Keep personal material to a minimum. There’s a time and place for everything, but memos aren’t the place for sharing personal details of your life.

Writing a memo can be a very telling and important aspect of your office career. Being professional in your communication projects your own attitude toward your work and your coworkers. Take it seriously and you will be taken seriously in return. In addition, your own memo-writing will be an example to your coworkers and the professionalism will spread throughout the office. See how important professional memo-writing can be?