Building Relationships for Mutual Benefit
"It's not what you know, it's who you know that counts." That may sound unfair or calculating, but think of it this way: if no one knows about your skills, interests and projects, who's going to help you to make the most of them?
People with robust business networks tend to get more things done, more effectively. They learn from others with different strengths, and they use their contacts to help them achieve success in their careers.
The ability to develop and maintain a network of "business friendships" is a critical skill for every career professional.