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    1) How does networking increase a person's power? What networking strategies could you initiate now to potentially enhance your future career success?

    2) A few years ago, the CEO of Apple Computer invited Steve Jobs (who was not associated with the company at the time) to serve as a special adviser and raise morale among Apple employees and customers. While doing this, Jobs spent more time advising the CEO on how to cut costs, redraw the organization chart, and hire new people. Before long, most of the top people at Apple were Job's colleagues, who began to systematically evaluate and weed out teams of Apple employees. While publicly supporting Apple's CEO, Jobs privately criticized him and, in a show of nonconfidence, sold 1.5 million shares of Apple stock he had received.

    This action caught the attention of Apple's board of directors, who soon after decided to replace the CEO with Steve Jobs. The CEO claimed Jobs was a conniving back-stabber who used political tactics to get his way. Others suggest that Apple would be out of business today if he hadn't taken over the company. In your opinion, were Steve Job's actions examples of organizational politics? Justify your answer. Be sure cite your sources in APA style

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    Networking refers to the ability of an individual or group of individuals to make contacts, exchange information, share experiences with others and ultimately make friends. Networking is very important in situations where one is looking for a new job, looking for customers, developing current career, exploring new career options or looking for any form of referrals. Networking has the ability to increase a person's power because it enables that person to building a network of friends. By doing so, a person increases his or her influence in the world. People who have a lot ...

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    This solution discusses the importance of networking and how it increases a person's power. In addition, it discusses networking strategies that one could initiate to potentially enhance ones future career success.