Each month our Development Consultant Sally Ward recommends a resource to help you in your work. For March’s theme, Networkology Part One, Sally takes a look at 'The Incredible Power of Staff Networks' by Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE – about the value of employee networks/resource groups.
To be honest, I’d seen this book on the shelves of many Human Resource Directors and Diversity and Inclusion experts but had not made the time to read it. So, when one of our members, Movell Dash, at Financial Conduct Authority mentioned it – Cherron is a friend of hers – it spurred me on to get a copy and make some time to read it. And I’m so glad I did. What an interesting read. Cherron has masses of experience of being involved with employee networks/resource groups from different perspectives. She led a network in the Civil Service and has consulted many other companies on best practice on employee networks and this shines through in the way she communicates her message.
Her key theme is P.O.W.E.R
- Purpose and potential – what is the aim of the network as a collective voice?
- Opportunity – to strengthen the organisation
- Wisdom – in working together
- Expectations – how to manage these for members and the wider organisation?
- Responsibility – to themselves, their members and the community.
There are case studies throughout the book, as well as “Power Advice”, “Power Tips” and “Power Facts” etc which really help you understand the point she is making. I also liked the space set aside in the book for tasks where you write down your thoughts.
At the end of each chapter, she provides a summary of what has been discussed, in a very straightforward way.
There are lots of personal examples of her experiences with employee networks across all sectors and I particularly liked the honesty she uses to describe certain situations that she had first-hand experience of.
The main thrust of the book covers the same ground we do in all our resources, so there is nothing that is fundamentally different about the advice and guidance she is giving. However, it was really interesting to see the same information at the heart of what PurpleSpace offers, but presented from a slightly different perspective.
I would strongly encourage you to get a copy of this book – available on Amazon as a paperback or the Kindle edition and take some time to read it.
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