Relationships built on trust matter.

Deep and meaningful connections, especially with other women, are critical to our careers and to our overall well-being and happiness. The bonds we build based on trust allow us to help one another, learn, and advance. But high-quality professional relationships are only possible with emotional openness and not all women, especially those from underrepresented groups, feel they can be vulnerable enough at work to develop these kinds of ties.

Making Real Connections provides the research, advice, and practical tips you need to go beyond small talk with your colleagues and shallow, transactional networking to create professional relationships that are truly amazing.

This book will inspire you to:

  • Find authentic ways to grow your network
  • Enjoy the rewards of having real friends at work while avoiding the pitfalls
  • Seek out a sponsor—or become one
  • Navigate problems when work relationships become draining

The HBR Women at Work Series spotlights the real challenges and opportunities women experience throughout their careers. With interviews from the popular podcast of the same name and related articles, stories, and research, these books provide inspiration and advice for taking on issues at work such as inequity, advancement, and building community. Featuring detailed discussion guides, this series will help you spark important conversations about where we're at and how to move forward.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction: Move Beyond Small Talk and Make a Real Connection
  6. SECTION ONE: Real Connections Begin with Trust
  7. SECTION TWO: Genuine Networking
  8. SECTION THREE: Why Sponsorship Matters
  9. SECTION FOUR: Making Work Friendships Work
  10. Notes
  11. Index
  12. Discussion Guide
  13. About the Contributors
  14. About the Podcast