Definition: Cultivate an active network of relationships inside and outside of organization; stay in touch; develop meaningful relationships.

Relates to: Erase Boundaries of Business


  1. Keep in mind that being connected is about being genuine.
  2. Be known as a powerful resource to others.
  3. Be visible.
  4. Build solid relationships – trust is the key.
  5. Diversify your relationships.
  6. Think of being connected as having sustained relationships – nurture your contacts.


Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (New York: Little, Brown Company, 2009).