Dunbar’s Number and Conscious Networking

According to British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, there are well-defined limits to the number of friends and acquaintances the average person can retain.  The anthropologist has a theory known as “Dunbar’s Number” whereby she believes that we can only really maintain about 150 connections at once.

Dunbar further believes that other numbers are nested with the social brain hypothesis.  She believes our tightest social circle has only five people (loved ones), following by successive layers of 15 (good friends), 50 (friends), 150 (meaningful contacts) and 1,500 (people you can recognize).

With Dunbar’s number as a backdrop, we read with interest this morning an online Fast Company article published by Brendan Keegan, the CEO of Merchants Fleet.  Brendan suggests there is power in the concept of “conscious networking” whereby you consciously choose and go all-in with a deliberately selected circle of connections that count.  

Keegan advocates that investing in the right relationships can have amazing payoffs for both your professional and personal lives.  He suggests that the number of connections might represent a smaller circle than what you may initially believe is needed, but that the circle is going to prove incredibly solid and beneficial to your life.

Read the article here.


Join Us at Packard Place Public House on Jan. 20th

Don’t miss the next Packard Place Public House virtual event and the opportunity to learn how to use your entrepreneurial and start-up skills to serve our community! Our CEO Patti Weber joins fellow panelist Eric Gorman of Wily and moderator Kristin Beck of Social Venture Partners Charlotte for a lively, fun and educational gathering.

Learn more and register!


4 Actions to Prepare Your LinkedIn Profile for 2021

The end of the year is the ideal time to perform an audit of your LinkedIn profile.  Take the following steps this week to ensure you are showing your very best on the world’s largest professional networking platform.  

1.  Upgrade Your Profile Picture
Your headshot matters more than you might know.  It is essential for senior level professionals to have a current, professional head shot for your LinkedIn profile.  That great pic from the family wedding 10 years ago doesn’t meet the professional standard for showing your best.

2.  Review and Update Your “About” Section
Review this section to make certain the information is up-to-date and accurately reflects the message(s) you wish to convey in 2021.

3.  Optimize Your LinkedIn Headline
Review your headline to ensure it aligns with the verbiage in your “About” section and that it communicates your expertise while differentiating you from others.

4.  Update Your Profile with 2-3 New Recommendations
Be sure to keep your recommendations up-to-date.  Think about your accomplishments in 2020, and ask for 2-3 new recommendations to keep your LinkedIn profile fresh and competitive.


Big Changes Coming to LinkedIn

Strengthening your networking skills and nurturing a diverse network is mission-critical for today’s business professional.  LinkedIn is making some big changes to help you accomplish both.

Here’s what you need to know about three big changes coming to LinkedIn.

New Look
LinkedIn is introducing a cleaner look that features more white space to make it easier to navigate the site and app.

Stories Launch
LinkedIn is doing a global roll-out of Stories that allows you to post both photos and videos that will vanish in a day.  LinkedIn members who have been testing Stories have used the tool to share photos/videos of their home office set-ups, chat about job opportunities, and more.  Think of Stories as a way to connect more personally and less formally (similar to water cooler moments).

Video Call Enhancements 
Now, with one click, you can start a video call over Zoom, Teams or BlueJeans by Verizon.

Learn more here.


The Private Markets

Last week, our Managing Partner, Mark Weber, was invited to speak at the August 2020 monthly meeting of BENG Charlotte (Business Executives Networking Group).  Mark spoke about trends in the private markets and focused much of his talk on the private equity sector.

During his talk, Mark recommended that the attendees become familiar with Pitchbook’s publication entitled “What are the private markets?”  This free white paper provides a comprehensive, easy read for professionals seeking to better understand this fast-growing economic sector and the ecosystem supporting it.

Download for free here.



Structure for Career Transitions

The right plan can make all the difference in helping professionals find the right career opportunity while reducing the amount of time spent on the job search. But how do you craft a meaningful plan? And how do you know if your plan is the best it can be? 

Join outplacement services veteran Dawn Posey, a leader in Croixstone Consulting’s business transformation practice, for an interactive, 60-minute Zoom video meeting. With more than 17 years experience in domestic and global leadership roles at Honeywell, and having recently navigated her own career transition, Dawn is an expert at designing and working plans that drive desired outcomes. 

You Will Learn the Following

  • A “structured approach” to setting up your day while in transition.
  • How to craft your own transition plan outline.

Event Details

  • Date:  Tuesday, May 26
  • Time:  2-3pm EDT
  • Cost: Free with Eventbrite registration
  • Registration Deadline: 5pm EDT on Monday, May 25
  • Zoom Log-In Info: Will be emailed to each registrant