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Could your social network be broader? Organizational psychologist Tanya Menon explains how to counter the human tendency to befriend like people. Her three highly applicable strategies will expand your social connections and, thus, your opportunities and resilience to setbacks. getAbstract recommends this talk warmly and universally.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why people associate with others like themselves,
  • How tight social networks thwart opportunity and
  • Which three strategies will expand your social universe.

About the Speaker

Organizational psychologist and business professor Tanya Menon co-wrote Stop Spending, Start Managing.



Consider a college classroom where students return each day to the same seats, next to the same people. Despite their goal of building strong social networks, they’ll graduate knowing only their tight clique. Their behavior isn’t an anomaly. Humans inhabit narrow social groups. Reflect on your friends: Are they of the same nationality, race and gender as you? Do they look and dress like you do? Gravitating toward similar people feels comfortable. Yet this behavior becomes a problem when you’re struggling or seeking new ideas or resources. Sociologist Mark Granovetter revealed that most people find jobs through secondary relationships rather than through a parent or spouse. Acquaintances and other “weak ties” enlarge your sphere of opportunity. Use three strategies to expand your social network:

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