Is there such a thing as being over-networked? While it's practically impossibly to get finance professionals, for example, to do anything but worry about their work and pry them away from their offices, HR folks can't seem to get enough of seeking out the next shindig where they can listen to best-practices all day long and hobnob with their peers from other firms.
My good friend Mark Stelzner, over on his blog Inflexion Point, has hit upon this issue with his coverage of the litany of member-based HR associations and consortiums. I have never witnessed an industry which is as networked as HR. Everyone knows everyone, and senior HR personnel seem to spend an exhorbitant amount of their time traveling to these conferences:
It'll be interesting to hear your views on associations you frequent and whether your industry has the peer networking you need to do your job more effectively.