Excellent blogpost - No man is an island – truer today than ever with a reference to this interesting survey – Informal networks linked to success of change initiatives.
The answer to the question about whether networking makes a difference: yes! The study showed a significant relationship between the success of a change initiative and the strength of the personal networks of the leader(s) managing the initiative.
93% of completely successful change initiatives were led by leaders with very strong or strong personal networks. Not one change initiatives described as less successful was led by leader(s) with strong or very strong personal networks.
On the other hand, the majority of less successful change initiatives (73%) were led by people described as having moderate or weak personal networks.