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Alumni learn secret to boost their network worth

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The good ol’ days came alive during a reunion of former students who graduated a decade ago from SIM GE’s academic partnership with the University of London, RMIT University, University of Sydney and University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Many in this Class of 2003 were pleasantly surprised to see the vastly expanded facilities of the SIM complex, as well as new ones when Block C is completed in 2014.

Besides yummy food and good fellowship, they were also treated to some intellectual fare when HR management guru Harold Kwan, himself a graduate of several SIM GE courses, gave a homily on networking.

Harold shared insights from long years of HR consulting and coaching of top executives, such as the concept of an individual’s “network” worth (not financial nett worth but what one is worth in terms of the quality and value of the people that one knows), and the idea that all the world’s a stage and each of us must play our part well (from Shakespeare's As You Like It, Act II Scene VII). “If you’re not networking, you’re not working,” was one of several memorable shots that Harold fired at his audience. Successful people, he said, build networks while the rest of us just work.