“When you’re just starting out,” writes Northwestern Kellogg School of Management professor Holly Raider in a new piece in Harvard Business Review, “making new connections and strengthening your professional network are vital to getting to where you want to go. But the guidance you need, like how to thrive in a new role or pursue a promotion, can be difficult to find in your inner circle.”
Raider is the managing director of executive education and a clinical professor of management at Kellogg. She has published research on career development, economic transactions, and technology management. In her latest work, published by HBR on Friday (November 13), she posits that new employees tend to make professional connections “based on proximity (colleagues they see the most) or commonalities (the colleagues most like themselves).” But, she adds, that’s a mistake.
“When you network with colleagues like you or near you, you create an