Social Grooming Just Like Chimps!

Do you like gossiping? I hope so, because done correctly it can really unite networks. Though many tell me they don't like the word 'gossiping' - you will be relieved to know it can really help build your career.

Even though it has a negative connotation, people just can't seem to resist partaking in a bit of information sharing at the workplace, which according to a great article I read in MyCareer over the weekend 'The good side to gossiping', is a good thing!

Andrew O'Keeffe from Hardwired Humans explained that the two reasons we gossip are; 
1. It's a really useful source of information
2. It's the way we form and maintain alliances

Apparently we are really similar to chimps in this regard! Chimps spend abut 20% of their day grooming each other and similarly about 20% of our day is spent on social grooming. According to O'Keeffe (who works closely with chimp expert Jane Goodall) there are numerous implications arising from our compulsion to share information. 

"Firstly it pays to be conscious about connections we have at work. Who we groom and who reciprocates with us? Likewise, we should be aware of who not to groom and who we should be careful of" he says. 

Sound familiar? Yep, you guessed it - we are always networking! 'want to catch up for a coffee?', 'guess what I just heard?' etc.

The reason I liked the above article so much is that it quantified that 20% of our day is spend gossiping/ chit chatting/ networking so it would make sense to make this act more deliberate. I think you can really use such opportunities to help raise your profile and that of others. 

You can be more strategic and plan positive outcomes for your networking. In fact, we do this with my mentoring clients. It really is amazing what can happen when you are more deliberate with your networking strategy. 

Think about how you use your social grooming time every day...?

If you want to open your gossip opportunities consider joining me at; 

9th of February, Sydney 
Panel event - Tracey Spicer, Rachael Oakes-Ash and Alison Watkins - facilitated by Karen Miles. Contact me if you want to join us at our table at the member rate? Network Central Event Details.

10th & 17th February, Sydney or Melbourne 
The Business Networking Academy's 1 day Networking Skills Workshop (Sydney or Melbourne) ~ Create Net[work]s. I will extend the early bird to fill the last few places. Just add 'earlybird' as your discount code at the checkout.

25th of March, Sydney 
World's Next Practice Conference. If you are in Leadership, Marketing, Sales or Strategy, contact me to book your seat(s) at our table at VIP rate. Only 100 places to this 1 day event. More Details on Future Thread Conference.

As always, get in touch to chat further.

Happy Netships!

Posted on February 1, 2011 .