No matter how you feel about networks, fostering them matters. They teach us new things, do favours, introduce us to new possibilities and people, makes us more innovative and give us a sounding board.

If you want to know what is wrong with your network think about who you might have consulted with or worked with in the last month. Do they fall in to one of these categories*?

Birds of a feather: Your contacts are all like you.

Network lag: Your network is about your past, not your future.

Echo chamber: Your contacts all know each other.

Pigeonholing: Your contacts can’t see you doing something different.

Perhaps that is what is wrong with your network.

A good network is a living and evolving process, one that is diverse and ever changing.

*These words were produced for our Advent Calendar in December 2020.