By: Brooke Allen (you will find my LinkedIn profile here.)
Be aware that on LinkedIn you cannot give me a negative reference unless I approve it.
This is bad news because if it is impossible for you to say something negative, then the positive things I might allow you to say must be taken with a grain of salt.
I want you to give me a fair and balanced reference so others can have an accurate picture of who I am, and I want you to let me know what I’m doing wrong and how I can improve.
But before you give me a negative reference let us establish a few ground rules. Let’s begin with:
Motivation – Why do you want to say what you do? Why do I want to hear it?
Familiarity – How well do you know me and my work?
Rationality – Are you basing your statements on facts and valid reasoning?
Let’s analyze each in more detail…