Networking Leadership 101: Building Your Core Professional Network - Acumen



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The following course, offered by NovoEd, will help you improve your skills and achieve your professional goals. During the program you will study different subjects which are deemed to be useful for those who want to enhance their professional career. Sign up for more information!

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When you think of networking, do you envision awkward mingling at cocktail parties and self-promotional pitches? This doesn't have to be the case. At Acumen, we believe leaders should have the audacity to imagine the world as it could be AND the humility to recognize that they cannot change the world alone. To tackle the world's toughest problems, you need collaboration from people across your network and across sectors.

In this 4 hour course from +Acumen and the Center for Creative Leadership, you'll complete interactive diagnostic activities that will help you and your team unearth the social capital & relationships that you bring to the table. You'll be exposed to new data visualization tools for mapping your network; learn about 5 network traps to avoid that are particularly common to the social sector; and, most importantly, gain concrete strategies for building genuinely collaborative relationships.

Key Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, you will:

    • Understand the 3 key characteristics of effective networks and 5 network “traps" to avoid

    • Map and diagnose your individual network using the Leadership Diagnostic tool and other visualization platforms

    • Visualize and collaboratively assess your organizational or team network to see key trends and gaps

    • Plot 3 specific ways you can cross a network boundary, make a new introduction, and deepen an existing relationship

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Please visit our +Acumen Page for more information. We invite participants to form groups to work together on this course. If you'd like to form a group with others, please send this link to your friends or colleagues to ask them to sign up!

If you don't have a group, no problem. On the the NovoEd platform you will have an option to form a group. Or, you can also participate as an individual and interact with others on the course forum. If you have any questions, please contact us at

This Course Is For You If:
    • A team member looking to uncover and build upon your team's network, particularly around a common challenge or goal

    • An individual looking to diagnose the strengths and gaps in your own personal network

    • Anyone who wants to work more collaboratively to tackle the world's toughest problems

About +Acumen Courses:

Acumen is a non-profit changing the way the world tackles poverty and building a world based on dignity by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. And +Acumen ("plus Acumen") was created in 2009 to give people a meaningful way to “add Acumen" into their lives. +Acumen makes Acumen's work in leadership available to everyone. At Acumen, leadership begins with moral imagination: the humility to see the world as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be. Combined with operational skills and financial skills, our courses aim to equip emerging change leaders with the tools to change the way the world tackles poverty and build a world based on dignity. Please check out other +Acumen Courses here. You can contact us at

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This course should take approximately 4 hours to complete. The materials can be accessed at any time and do not have to be completed in one sitting.

Technical Requirements:

You will need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures and provides the ability to upload all your assignments.

Statement of Accomplishment:

Subject to course completion (completion of all assignments), you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed jointly by +Acumen and The Center for Creative Leadership.

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The Instructors Center for Creative Leadership