Does your network of connections all look and think like you?

Amy C. Waninger

Amy C. Waninger

As a leader, speaker, author, and coach, Amy C. Waninger is passionate about helping others achieve their full potential at work. Amy is the Founder and CEO of Lead at Any Level LLC, which helps busy professionals develop skills in leadership, diversity and inclusion, and career management.

She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Computer Science from Indiana University and is completing coursework for her MBA at SNHU. Amy has earned the Prosci Certified Change Practitioner designation from Prosci International, and numerous designations from The Institutes. She is a member of the CPCU Society and is serving a three-year term on the Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

A lifelong champion of diversity and inclusion, Amy discovered a missing element in the diversity dialogue, so she researched and wrote about it in her book, Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your Career. In today’s conversation we explore her findings, how to break the pattern of unconscious bias, how to embrace diversity as a leader at any level, and the 5 critical networks to develop in order to have a competitive advantage in your career and business.

What perspective does your current network ignore? How is this impacting your view of the world and your ability to lead at any level?  Amy will help you assess your network and take steps to fill in the gaps.

Key Takeaways

  1. When you meet people for the first time, rather than think of what they can do for you, think of ways that you can do something for them.
  2. Learn how to network like a C.H.A.M.P.
  3. Get out and meet with your customers, go on a ride along with a sales team member, and get to know what they like, don’t like, want and need.
  4. Look for opportunities to hire or help someone get connected to a hiring opportunity.
  5. You need both a mentor and a protégé. A mentor is going to show you how to move forward and a protégé is going to show you how far you’ve come.
  6. It’s hard to know what your strengths are until you’re around someone who doesn’t share those same strengths or hasn’t developed those strengths or skills yet.
  7. We’re all biased about certain things. The problem is when we unconsciously default and go down the same paths and stop realizing that maybe there are other paths.
  8. Show up to observe, not to take over.

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