Only curiosity leads to knowledge.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What is one of the most powerful career levers? No, it is not specialist knowledge, nor a solid understanding of the business at hand, nor your qualification (and most certainly not your fourth, fifth or sixth qualification, dear ladies!), nor your diligence, nor your good looks.
In addition to successful self-marketing, the answer is creative and strategic networking. But what does “creative and strategic networking” actually mean? If the term brings to mind people who pull out and distribute their business cards at every opportunity, boring drinks parties, or 3000 Facebook friends, it is easy to understand that you don't really want to engage with the topic.
For, in addition to the “creative and strategic networking” that will be described below, there are also outmoded and unpleasant forms of networking, for ...