Network Diagram

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Results: Network Diagram

Agility is dependent upon the ability to manage five key points in any given network. This tool allows you to visualize these dimensions to ensure the group is operating for peak performance.

  • Managing the Center: Minimizing collaborative bottlenecks and acknowledging/ developing employees that make their colleagues successful through collaboration.
  • Leveraging the Periphery: Rapidly integrating newcomers, creating inclusive contents for remote employees and reengaging under-connected high-performers.
  • Selectively Bridging Silos: Facilitating effective collaboration at key intersections in the network (such as functions, locations, roles, etc.)
  • Developing Awareness or Network Roles and Expertise: Ensuring that expertise and roles are transparent.
  • Manage External Connections: Obtaining resources (time, talent, funding, etc.), sourcing, shaping, aligning incoming work, influencing decision-makers, innovating across boundaries.

The network diagram provides insight into the state of key network drivers, important to high-performing groups. The concepts are highlighted here:

Network diagram

Examine Your Network

The “Filters” tab allows you to explore your groups networks, manipulating them through the selection of any combination of attributes, as well as the networks of individuals. The “Network Summary” view identifies the people who are most connected, least connected, and who are top integrators.

The “Filters” tab allows complete customization of the diagram:

  • You can label the nodes with name (default) or initials, or completely anonymize them with random numbers.
  • You may view the network as a whole or by any subgroup by peeling back the layers. You can also look at the network of any individual. By selecting “Yes” to draw a particular network, you are showing the relationships that exist as follows:
    • Work – people who are seeking others out for information to be effective in their work
    • Energy – people who find others to be a source of open, energizing interactions
    • Access – people who need greater access to that person to be effective in their work.
  • Clicking “Edit” in the upper left, allows nodes to be moved, new nodes and connections to be added.

The “Network Summary” tab displays information about three key roles in the network:

  • “Most Connected” people have the highest number of incoming ties (other people seeking them out) and are often considered key influencers, particularly if they also have a high open and energizing score.
  • “Least Connected” people have the lowest number of incoming ties. They may need help to form stronger relationships with the group or may be in a niche role, such as with an external focus, and so should work in a more independent fashion.
  • “Integrators” are people who hold relationships across an attribute or boundary (such as tenure, function, location, etc.). In order to view integrators, you must first select an attribute from the “Filters” tab.
  • Each of these sections contains recommendations “why this matters” and “what to do about it.”

A worthwhile exercise is to consider the key points that exist in your network:  the key connectors at the center, those who are on the periphery of the network, those who knit together groups, and clusters of people with little collaboration (i.e. potential silos).

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