I’ve used "victory lap" to suggest a tactic to executives in transition. I learned it from a C-suite health system leader who ultimately moved from New Jersey to an academic medical center in the South nine years ago.
His approach – he reviewed his address book (or Rolodex in my vocabulary) and contacted folks who he knew in different parts of the country. This was all accomplished in the first weekend that he was in transition.
He then asked to see his contacts in person. He scheduled a tour of the country and coordinated appointments accordingly. I called it a "victory lap." Oh, by the way, he landed a new position within weeks.
Since then, I’ve suggested the concept to several others, and it’s worked. Most recently, a physician executive landed a new CEO role by starting with a "victory lap." His network was very strong, but he hadn't thought about making visits.
In short, when in transition, go see people. Many of the folks are friends that you haven't seen in a while. Put aside any potential guilt for not having stayed in regular touch and just make contact.
As always, there will be surprises. Some folks will not respond, while others will jump at the chance to help you. Just keep making contact.
Remember, you are not asking for a job; you just want to network and catch up. If someone will give you the time to meet, they are much more likely to actively help.
Pass the word. Suggest to executives in transition that they take a "victory lap." It turns out to be fun, meaningful and helps to shorten the path to a new role.