I created this network diagram for my post, Social Net Work and the Workplace Professional:

 

I tried to made sure the diagram reflected that:

  • It’s from the perspective of I, the individual workplace professional;
  • Work teams are relatively structured and connections close;
  • Work teams may even be hierarchical, although this seems to be less often the case;
  • The social network is peer-to-peer and connections are voluntary;
  • The individual connects to the social network through relationships established as part of his or her knowledge network;
  • The community of practice zone represents close connections to nodes who share work-related interests;
  • Connections vary in strength and level of influence;
  • The connection between any two nodes can be close or distant;
  • The individual is connected to the whole of the social network through connections between nodes; but
  • As the nodes become more distant from the individual, connections become looser and the individual has less influence.

In the context of the workplace, which of the work team members brings the most objective points of view, diverse ideas, creative thinking, and value? Good bet it’s the socially connected individual. This may be the single best reason for the workplace professional to get busy developing his or her knowledge network.


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