I have been deliberate in networking and gaining visibility in my workplace over the past year. Many of these opportunities have come fairly naturally as a result of my work and choice of additional responsibilities and I simply choose to take advantage of this benefit.
Through this I have met many people in my company, from individual contributor though several layers of management, at a variety of locations/functional groups. For the time being I am focusing exclusively on internal relationships. But I expect the process would be very similar for both internal/external relationships.
I want to catalog these for future uses. I end up in a lot of situations I am effectively asking/requesting work with no direct authority. Namely, I want to keep track of this information to:
- Request information/guidance/help
- Expand my network
- Grow existing connections
I am struggling in understanding how best to keep track of these relationships. Some of them are relationships where the person would vouch for my abilities, some are ones where they simply know who I am, etc.
I have thought about simply creating a google spreadsheet but I am unsure of what information I should capture (other than name/email/title). I want to somehow characterize each of these relationships, as well, to retain information about them.
- How should I categorize and track my business relationships and what information should I capture to characterize them?