Arete Network

Start Designing Your Exceptional Network

Gary Baker

Welcome to the Arete Network!

The entire first quarter is going to be focused on helping you Design Your Exceptional Network because we believe that having access to the right connections, at the right time, can be critical to your success. Early in our careers we are all taught that in order to be successful you have to network, network, and network. Frankly, that is only partly true. The difference between building a network, establishing connections and maintaining relationships is what sets apart great connectors from “networkers.”

Understanding the difference between the three makes all the difference in the world in your life and in your business. Once you decide to start Designing Your Exceptional Network,  go to and click on the tool  "Design Your Exceptional Network", we will provide the blue prints and the process to truly have a network of connections that will help you create influence and impact in all facets of your life and business.

Who needs to have a "network", see below to determine which group you fall into?

Are you an Influencer/Sales/Business DevelopmentThis is probably obvious to anyone who fits this category. Your life-blood is your pipeline and your pipeline is primarily built from the connections you have in your network. The network you create becomes a center of knowledge for you; your ability to make connections will become extremely valuable in your business.

Are you a Business Owner/CEO/Leader – You can view your network in two different ways, the first way is through your organizational chart, leverage this as a way to learn all about the people inside your company, you will be amazed at what you learn. By gaining an understanding of who your people are, you will start to create a culture that can thrive. Secondly, you need to have a network outside your company. Learn from other leaders, from their experiences and knowledge. Having access outside your company walls to great insight will drastically accelerate you towards your goals. 

NOTE: if you lead a company, forward this on to your Business Development group, we would appreciate the opportunity to explain how the plan could work for your company.

Are you looking to advance in your Corporate Career – Take the opportunity to learn about your company and how the organization works. Spend the time to learn all about the people inside your company, they will become your accelerators for advancement. Secondly, you need to have a network outside your company. Many executives and leaders who have decided to leave their company soon realize the importance of having a network outside of your company walls. Dig your well before you are thirsty.

Are you an Emerging Professional/Leader – The connections you make should be much more focused on mentors and building your core network to establish a foundation of knowledge that will become valuable in time, to you and to the growth of your career. 

Go to to learn more and click on the tool "Design Your Exceptional Network." 

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