Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Recommendations

I just finished another LinkedIn recommendation for a co-worker. Its on my list of things to do after leaving work. I think its a nice thank you to my previous co-workers. I'm not sure if a LinkedIn recommendation truly adds any value in terms of them getting a job or anything. But I just think its a nice touch and definitely the most personal thing on a LinkedIn profile (as opposed to those LinkedIn skills endorsements that seem to mean absolutely nothing). Mainly its about telling someone that you were thinking about them - just like if you were to send a card. I also wanted to make sure not to have or convey any expectation of them returning the favor. If they do then that's great, if not no worries at all.

While writing them I realized something. Writing a good recommendation is really really hard and requires a lot of effort. Or maybe its because I'm just not that practiced in doing so. I really wanted to write something that was special to the person and not just something generic. I put myself in their shoes while re-reading to see if it was something that would make me happy to hear. I struggled with tying to have a creative finishing sentence that would properly "wrap up" the recommendation on a good note.

In the end those 4 or 5 sentences took awfully longer than expected and a lot of creative power but I finished and I'm glad I did. I think this is a skill that every leader should have. First, the willingness to even go out of the way to appreciate someone without being asked or expecting anything. Second, to actually be able to effectively communicate it.