The video titled “How to Network” is an illustration of essential networking tools. The video explores some of the methods, and tools of creating beneficial networks with different people including, employers, employees, colleagues, friends and even family. The building of essential networks is critical in project management as it allows the employees and managers to get to each other better by allowing the building of personal profiles which both parties can access. Organizations often use project management as a way of bringing individuals together so as to achieve a specific goal as indicated in “The Role of Project Leadership in Achieving Effective Project Management” by Vincent Ong et etal (2009). Good social networks are required if this group is to work well and achieve the project goals.
In regards to the textbook, the video is synonymous with the book’s view of the communication patterns in a project management. The presence of good social networks signifies effective communication and ultimately helps in building a feeling of teamwork and community. Members of a social network can message one another and ask questions as they please. In project management, the leader must ensure that there are good social networks between the members if the goals are to be achieved. The video illustrates some of the ways of creating such social networks.
This video is indeed very informative, and augments what has already been argued in the book. This is in regards to the importance of networking to project management. Project managers can take advantage of this tool to post useful information that the other members of the project can access. Social networking as shown in the video, and as emphasized in the book can also be used for discussion forums where the different parties of a project discuss various things, including giving comments on proposed policy changes. As shown in the book, research shows that one factor that is crucial to a project success in team setting is unrestricted and open communication, where members freely interact with each other informally, that is regardless of their ranks, or experience (Larson and Grey, 86). This is something that can be achieved through social networks among project partakers.
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