My last tip sparked a discussion about the challenges of giving recommendations. I’ve received lots of email on the subject, so here’s my update.
Most corporations have systems in place for handling recommendation requests. However, for the small business owner, these presents challenges. LinkedIn and other sites allow people who haven’t even worked with you to ask for a recommendation. (You can turn that off in your LinkedIn account so you won’t be put in the awkward position of having to turn someone down.)
On social media and elsewhere, you need to listen to your conscience and/or your gut when giving recommendations. Should you tell a little white lie to protect a former colleague or employee; or should you tell the absolute truth, which could hurt a person’s future? That’s the question we each must ask ourselves. It’s a true moral dilemma.