LinkedIn suggested a connection for me recently. One of my first direct reports. I remember her fondly, but we’d lost touch years ago. It felt a little risky, sending that invite to connect.
What kind of reception would I get? Ice cold, or warm and toasty? I was pleasantly surprised – a super speedy YES!
Now, the oldies are goodies. But you can never have too many friends, especially when it comes to work and career. They’re the fastest and most enjoyable way to open doors for yourself.
And that’s how the project where I’m hand on heart proud got started. All because an Organisational Psychologist in the making approached me for an internship, something I don’t normally offer. I do supervise masters level Organisational Psychology students on placement, but this was different.
There was something about her that had me consider her. Polite, articulate and reliable comes to mind. And clever. I thought, worth a shot. Let’s see what she says to this (it’s a little embarrassing):
What do you think (about the project)? We can start small and see how we go. I’m not sure if this is something you’d be good at – and my standards are high! Not to scare you but good enough won’t cut it with me, which is good for your development. I promise I’m not mean though. Just want to always do my best (and everyone around me too).
Would love to get onboard – the project certainly appeals to me.
As Humphrey Bogart said in the famous last scene in Casablanca: “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”