Having changed roles in medical education several times over the past few years, and having mentored others going through similar transitions, I have often reflected on the strength and depth of my professional social graph and how these relationships have evolved over time – I am fortunate to have a broad and diverse social graph. I can’t say it was originally a goal of mine to build this network, but looking back there is little doubt that my social graph may have been the most critical factor in my success. In reality, many of these relationships have proven themselves to be ‘genuine’ and ‘personal’ – words that are all too rare in some professional networks.
Recently, I have been involved in several conversation with folks looking for advice about how they might build their professional profiles – these are folks that I believe are truly looking to have a professional impact both in the short- and long-term. As I reflected on who I respect professionally for the impact they have had, I think I can boil down my response to one simple question, “Are you professionally a maker or a taker?” Continue reading