Research-based network habits to transform your work and life
featuring Rob Cross

The collaborative intensity of work continues to explode. Now more than ever, personal networks are a critical part of how we succeed and also contribute to our sense of well-being. Yet how carefully do we curate those networks? What can we do to cultivate a network that ignites innovation, enhances execution, and allows us to thrive at work and beyond?

In this three-part webinar series, Rob Cross will reveal the network practices he discovered during interviews with 160 high performers across 20 organizations. At each session, Rob will share his sometimes-startling findings about the behaviors and interactions that generate positive outcomes and offer practical suggestions for building, maintaining, and leveraging your network to suit both current needs and aspirations for the future.

Rob Cross

For more than 20 years, Rob Cross’s research, teaching, and consulting have focused on applying social network analysis ideas to critical business issues for actionable insights and bottom-line results. He has worked with over 300 leading organizations (companies, government agencies, and nonprofits) across industries on a variety of solutions including innovation, revenue growth, leadership effectiveness, and talent management.

Ideas emerging from his research have resulted in three books, the most recent one titled Driving Results through Social Networks. Rob has written over 50 articles. In addition to top scholarly outlets, his work has been repeatedly published in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Academy of Management Executive and Organizational Dynamics. His work has also been featured in venues such as Business Week, Fortune, the Financial Times, Time, the Wall Street Journal, CIO, Inc. and Fast Company.

Rob Cross is the Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Business at Babson College. Since 2016, he has served as a senior research advisor for the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), a leading human capital research firm. He is also co-founder of the Connected Commons, a consortium devoted to the exploration of network principles.

Thrive at Work, June 29, 2018 at 11:00 am EST
“Reduce Collaborative Overload and Invest in Networks to Clarify Priorities, Improve Productivity, and Enhance Well-Being” We could blame our overload on matrix-based structures, globalization, email proliferation, and the adoption of collaborative tools and social media. To be sure, technology, demanding bosses, needy clients, and inefficient co-workers are problematic. But for most of us, these time drains are matched by another enemy – ourselves. Rob Cross presents his findings on collaborative overload, including the five or six habits that are proven to help people claw back 18%-24% of their time.

Produce Innovative Solutions, September 11, 2018 at 11:00 am EST

“Build Purpose, Energy, and Trust to See Opportunities, Solve Problems, and Create Emergent Innovation”

Many organizations concerned with attracting top talent, improving engagement, and reducing attrition are focusing on purpose in work as a core differentiator.  Universally, these organizations focus on the nature of the work as to what provides meaning. In this webinar, Rob Cross will focus on results applying network analysis over hundreds of organizations, revealing a second even more important lever: the networks of relationships employees form inside and outside an organization.

For two decades, Rob Cross and his team have mapped Trust, Purpose, and Energy in Networks. By creating these types of networks, the results continually show small segments of the population outperform at an extremely high rate.  In this webinar, part two of this 3-part Series, Rob will review the layered behaviors of more successful people and offer people the chance to complete a self- and peer assessment to identify changes they might make to improve their own effectiveness.

Execute Work Efficiently, November 6, 2018 at 11:00 am EST
“Design a Network that Builds Agility, Cultivates Influence, and Drives Results” 

This series is based on research sponsored by Innovation Resource Center for Human Resources (IRC4HR®), a nonprofit organization that brings together employers, academics, and other stakeholder communities to fund action research and share insights on a wide range of organization and human-centered management topics.

Please find out more about IRC4HR® by visiting them here.



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