The ability to strengthen professional connections and develop strong ties through reciprocity, and then maintain these as needed.
Strengthening and maintaining connections is central to professional connectedness. Embeddedness into a professional network and the development of weak ties is important for exposure to new ideas, knowledge and various kinds of resources, but strong ties and deeper relationships required for most other processes within socially-based professional, learning, career development. and collaborative innovation / problem-solving. While acquiring and growing connections can occur in online or face-to-face modes or a combination of both, strengthening connections often involves more extended face to face contact and interaction, and is based in reciprocal benefit and working toward shared goals.