Opinion: Never Burn A Bridge- Especially In 2009!

burnI was reminded recently by a long time friend and peer to post a personal posts on occasion. The last 20 posts have been anything but personal really. Initially, I was going to talk today about the need an equal balance within Social Media- a conversation for another day I suppose.

Ultimately I decided to speak about an observation I had over the weekend. I am going to be announcing a change before long, but how that shift occurred is due to never closing doors. In my professional career I have never closed a door with any organization. In fact, I have made a conscious effort through LinkedIn, email, Twitter to keep past co workers and peers engaged. Because of that commitment a new opportunity fell into my lap that I am excited about.

On Saturday night I re-engaged a long time co workers and friends! By the end of the evening, low and behold, a number of interesting opportunities propped up as a result of simply making my way out of the house to say hi. I readily admit I have become a hermit of late! When you start talking like Yoda to yourself in the mirror- you know something is up! “Brush your teeth you will!”

So what is the point? As my friend and colleague Pauline Brannigan recently said “It is good business to never burn a bridge!”  Agreed Pauline, especially in the Social Media age where networking is your life blood. You never know when old and new relationships alike will come back an touch your life professionally or personally. So lesson learned- never burn a bridge and if you do-get some pressure treated lumber, some nails and build it back up! “Beneficial it will be!” There I go writing like Yoda again…

2 responses to “Opinion: Never Burn A Bridge- Especially In 2009!

  • mikepascucci

    As someone that has learned 1st hand how important this is, I could not agree more. Social Media, while it is overwhelming to most, is a relatively small space to be in. I left company A and went to company B, which was eventually bought out by company A. Now if I had burned any bridges, I would have been let go and not have survived the “merger” (as another person that I had brought in from company A to company B did not). You have to remember that it is a small world out there, and you never know what is going to happen. So you really need to be careful


  • Pauline Brannigan

    Wow, being compared to Yoda, I am. Great honor it is. Perhaps it is just short we both are. (“Judge me by my size do you?”) I will tell you it has been VERY hard not to pour gasoline on bridges and pull out the marshmallows at times. However, you never know when the person or company you torch is sitting on the other side of the table as your potential client or employer or spouse of a your date’s best friend. If social networking has taught us anything, it should be about the value of your connections, acquaintances and who they know. Your references in the future will rarely be the ones you list. It will be the ones that are hand picked in quiet behind the scenes. I could bore you with some examples… but I think we all have them. Marshmallows are fun and short-lived enjoyment but they stay on the hips forever. Don’t be tempted by the fleeting moments that will make only you feel better in the short run. Call a friend and vent to them instead. I will leave you with my favorite Master Yoda quote, “NO! Try not, Do or Do Not…. There is no TRY” @pbrannigan

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