I often go first to Home Page on LinkedIn to see who is connecting with whom.
We have also learned invaluable lessons in ignoring our intuition: derivative bubble or work-life imbalance. For every new member we are linked with, newer 2nd-degree acquaintances also joined our circle indirectly.
Connect and Respect.
We honor their transparency (completing a profile), their professional experience and background, and their access to “friends in the high places”.
At the base, we respect people as fellow human beings, sojourners in this pilgrimage called Life, of which Work is a big part.
Each person brings a unique set of skills and circumstances. If asked, each has a story to tell, a lesson to teach us.
I refuse to speculate about why a PhD Student decided to get firearms and bullets to shoot down people randomly.
Nor do I try to explain away why higher-ups at Penn State Higher Learning decided to cover up the shame, which only worsens as time goes on.
When we feel that those were grotesque, instinctively we are for decency, respect and want to connect.
Each person is sacred in his or her own right. Each person has a lot to give even if by being just a connector or memory keeper. The more the merrier. Keep them coming. Seek first to understand, more than to be understood (courtesy of the late Steven Covey).
Thank you for connecting and respecting.