Who Will Jump a Puddle for You?

I heard something recently that really stuck with me:

jump-puddle-1“People will expect you to swim the ocean for them but very few will jump a puddle for you. So, you want to make sure you are working with those who will jump a puddle.”

This was said by leadership advisor Joel Koblentz, founder of The Koblentz Group search firm during a Master Class session, part of our Recruiter Summit Series, a selection in which we focus on the needs of the recruiters in our community. Joel stressed the importance of building relational networks that are not founded on you needing something and to not lose close contact with colleagues you no longer work with.

Not everyone you encounter will be in your corner, and you have plenty of good reasons to feel doubt and concern. That is why it is so important to maintain a core of people you know will “jump a puddle” for you. These are the people who can guide you, make a call, open a door, lend a sympathetic ear, whatever you may need to get across that darn puddle.

With the right people in your corner, your options are not limited or defined by anyone but you.

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Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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