Chapter 5


The people in your career network—bosses, colleagues, subordinates, clients, investors, former coworkers, sponsors, and mentors—are also part of your network as parents and partners. The ripple effects of your relationships in your career have a profound effect on other facets of your life, and that is true whether you work a traditional nine-to-five job, are a self-employed freelancer, have managerial responsibilities, have no direct reports, or have stepped out of the paid workforce for now. And vice versa.1

Grace Yang is an analytics manager at a large consumer goods firm. As we described earlier, her son, Adam, has a rare genetic disorder, which prompted her parents to move in with her and her husband, Lee. ...

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