It Takes a Network

Eric Motley (center), posing with President George W. Bush and four key mentors.

People often feel strange about pursuing new connections or friendships with the explicit intention of strengthening their networks — because they worry that the intentional aspect of this process feels manipulative. In reality, though, relationship-building is about finding mutual points of interest, building real trust, and taking the time to learn how each party can be more useful to the other. The goal is to create a more productive and mutually reciprocal relationship.

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