My web of inclusion; make that Webs of inclusion

In my micropost from yesterday I talked about the concept of a web of inclusion.  I will not take credit for this phrase, but I will take credit for using it in a different way than the book with the same name.

When I think of a web of inclusion I think of networks that I have and the members of that network.  I also use the concept of networking circles to describe a similar concept.

Let me give you an example:

networking circles

Each of us has networks we have developed in different parts of our lives.  Some of my networks include the following:

  • former work colleagues
  • friends from church
  • friends in industries I do work in
  • friends in organizations I do work with

I think you see the concept.  What makes these networks “webs of inclusion” is the fact that each of them allows for give and take for those within the web.  I offer assistance and information to contacts in each of the networks and they typically do the same.

Knowing who is in each web makes it easier to understand how to assist one another.  Finding someone in one web who also exists in other webs allows you to leverage one network in order to gain access to another.  An examples of this leverage would be the following:

I have a friend who belongs to my church web.  I learn from this person that they belong to a web that I am trying to gain access to.  I explore with them the ability and interest they may have in helping me gain access to this additional web.  In turn, they may ask me to do the same in one of my networks they wish to gain access to.

These networks, these webs, allow for people to explore, share and support one another as they seek to learn and grow both personally and professionally.

What networks are you part of?

Which networks, or webs, would you like to gain access to?
Conversation with your friends is one way to learn how to gain access to other webs.

Tools like LinkedIn are also useful to help gain access to these webs.

I’ll talk more about that in the next post.

In the meantime, go out and spin another web of inclusion.