Michael Simmons sought to find the most important trait of career success. As revealed in his recent article for Forbes, the answer surprised even himself.

“The bottom line? According to multiple, peer-reviewed studies, simply being in an open network instead of a closed one is the best predictor of career success.”

What, in the context of business, is an open network? And what is a closed one? Essentially a large, open network is one where you are the link between different groups of people. In a small group, one usually interacts with the same people.

To learn more about network science and Simmons’ analysis of what this all means, read the article here.