Monday, October 10, 2005

Networking Smarter: What's Your NQ?

Absoluately BRILLIANT article by Jim Bolt from Fast Company.

"Today's highly networked business world provides rich rewards for networking maestros -- those people among us who are skilled at developing varied and effective networks. But there hasn't existed an effective measure for how good or bad you are at networking, in order to know how to improve. Until now."

Click here to read the entire article, or take Jim's assessment below:

Honestly answer the following questions on a scale of 0-4:

How many total people are in your Life, Social and Work networks?
0=none, 1=less than 50, 2=51-100, 3=101-200, 4=more than 200

What's the overall quality of your network contacts?
0=Terrible, 1=Poor, 2=Good, 3=Very Good, 4=Excellent

To what extent do you actively work on building your network relationships?
0=no extent, 1=little extent, 2=some extent, 3=great extent, 4=very great extent

What is the strength of your relationships with your network members?
0=very weak, 1=weak, 2=in between weak and strong, 3=strong, 4=very strong

How actively do you recruit new members to your network?
0=do nothing, 1=hardly at all, 2=sometimes, 3=often, 4=all the time

To what extent is the relationship with your network members reciprocal (that is, you've helped them as much as they've helped you)?
0=not at all, 1=hardly at all, 2=sometimes, 3=often, 4=all the time

To what extent do you leverage the Internet to build and maintain your networks?
0=not at all, 1=hardly at all, 2=sometimes, 3=often, 4=all the time

Multiply your total score by 10. You'll end up with a score between 0 and 280. If your score is from 0-70 your NQ is terrible, from 71-140 your NQ needs improvement, from 141-210 your NQ is good, and from 211 to 280 your NQ is excellent.

LET ME ASK YA THIS...

What's your NQ?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag
www.hellomynameisscott.com