I’ve been floating an idea recently about the concept of “relationship capital.” I honestly want to know if you think I’m nuts or if the idea resonates.
Let me start by explaining what I mean by “relationship capital” and what you do with it.
Someone, usually in a significantly more powerful/senior position to you, decides to put his reputation on the line for you.
- Hiring you when you don’t have the experience and/or someone else isn’t a fan.
- Giving you opportunities to work on projects that are outside of your usual scope of responsibility.
- Speaking on your behalf in a room that you’re not in.
- Pushing someone forward rather than just opening the door.
This is beyond mentoring. This is someone making a bet; a bet on you and your future capabilities. Continue reading “Do women empty the bank on their relationship capital?”