Networking in the Groves of Academe - NYTimes.com:
Yet she also urged students to discard any preconceptions they might have about what networking involved, especially “the notion that standing around in a roomful of strangers actually is the most productive way to network rather than, frankly, the least.”
She said that those who denigrated networking simply failed to understand it. “Leadership is the most exalted phrase in the corporate lexicon,” she said. “But leaders go to the Chelsea Flower Show. Leaders go to Davos.”
“I want everyone to have the same opportunities that leaders have,” she said.
“We are living in an era where the social and professional are increasingly blended,” said Ms. Hobsbawm. “But I want to refute the idea that networking is all about calculation. We need to trust people to bring what they really like doing anyway into their day job.”