Networking Culture

Most of us at one time or another worked for a company as a W-2 employee. Whether it was a Fortune 100 company or a small privately owned, family-owned, we have experienced what’s called the “Culture” of the company.

Normally this “Culture” is ingrained within the company and is a historical byproduct (e.g. General Motors) or it’s something that has been developed by the private owner. Take a look at your family. There is a “Culture” there as well.

These “Cultures” can make or break a business deal. Take for example the time that Bank of America bought the Charles Schwab Company back in the early 1980’s (I worked for Bank of America at that time on the west coast). The two cultures could not have been more divergent. I’m sure the numbers worked but Charlie learned his lesson. He eventually bought his company back after some pretty tough years of teeth gnashing.

Networking organizations are no different. The “Culture” is typically determined and constantly re-enforced by the person running the organization.

When you are looking for the “right” networking organization, you must take into consideration the “Culture” that sets the framework for the organization. There are likely to be many indicators of the organization’s culture.

At Southeast Business Forums, one of those indicators is our non-solicitation policy between members and guests. We do not tolerate direct solicitation between members and guests. I can’t tell you how many horror stories I hear about other networking groups that do not have this policy or even police it.

Thank you for visiting our new Southeast Business Forums blog site. I hope that you will come back and visit again. I’m confident that the quality of blogs by our members will be outstanding.

Good luck and good networking.



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