David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. His forthcoming book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He’s delivered keynotes to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies and the future leaders of the United States Naval Academy. His TED talk has been viewed over 1.8 million times and he is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review. David’s latest book is called ‘Friend of a Friend – Understanding The Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life’.
In this episode, we cover:
- 2:10 – Why you should care about networking
- 4:20 – Network science
- 5:55 – Adam Rifkin – The “World’s Best Networker”
- 7:08 – Adam Grant
- 8:53 – Peter Thiel (Zero to One)
- 13:19 – Which type of networks provide you with new ideas and opportunities?
- 24:11 – Creative Clusters
- 25:56 – What influence does our network have on our health and wellbeing?
- 29:00 – Your friend of a friend is your future.
– Being T-Shaped
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Friend of a Friend . . .: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career by David Burkus
- Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks