Does the culture of your organization support internal networking? That's a critical component in any effort to build a networking within your company, and I'll point to Baber and Waymon's thoughts as a jumping-off point for discussing the intersection of culture and networking. More specifically, consider the following questions:
* Do senior managers recognize the importance of internal networking? Do they spend time reaching out and building relationships with people across the organization?
* Is training on networking provided, and is it considered a vital part of the regular work day?
* Is participation in cross-functional teams and other efforts with individuals across the organization considered a regular element in your organization's approach to business?
* Are networking activities included in your activities/goals, and are you assessed on your efforts to network internally as part of your regular performance review? Are you acknowledged/rewarded when your networking contributes to the success of the organization?
(Six related posts continue this discussion of internal networking. Check out part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, and part 7 (this post)).