In just a couple of years the Internet has changed what is possible. We’ve gone from a world that is largely disconnected to one that connects in less than an instant and have created systems that allow us to actively engage the people we connect with.
MBA programs have long been good at emphasizing the importance of connecting. Connecting with classmates, professors, employers and alumni. But now, it’s easier than ever to find someone’s information, reach out to them, and tell them how you are connected.
In fact, this happened to me just two days ago.
A few days ago, my father’s company brought in a new CEO. My dad is known at every company he’s been at for being very social and friendly, and the top guys welcome him with open arms, even though they do not work together.
Well, just last week when my dad met the new company CEO. He said they had a good exchange and he had a good feeling about the new CEO of the company. The day after we met my dad called me up and told me the story. I did not know it at the time, but as it turns out, the CEO went to Kellogg many years ago. When I found out, I couldn’t believe it. Without further ado, I looked him up on LinkedIn as well as the company website, and it was true. He had a Kellogg MBA.
After that I look up his contact info on the alumni database and sent an email just minutes ago. Like I said, it’s easier than ever to find new connections today.
Stay tuned to see where this connection goes.
Update: I recently received a return email from the Kellogg alum cc’ing his assistant. The CEO will be working to set up a time to grab coffee two or so weeks from now. This is good news but definitely not a surprise.
Stay tuned for future updates.