A valued colleague leaves your team. You sign the goodbye card, show up to the Goodbye party, and then it’s back to email. Most people stop at this point, but if you just took one more step, you would enrich the career of your former colleague and help cement a long lasting friendship.
Every great rap CD has a nice intro and outro. The intro prepares us for the beginning of a great album, and the outro prepares us for the end. Just like finishing one job and starting another, an outro is needed to make sure your former colleague feels prepared to enter a new company, which can be a scary and lonely place because their strong safety net of relationships is gone.
However, if a friend were to set us up with an outro, she would be armed with familiar faces that make her new surroundings feel a little bit safer.
Setting up an Outro
When someone leaves your team or company, open up LinkedIn and see who you can connect this person with so, they can ramp up quickly in their new role. But make sure both parties opt into the introduction.
Once a successful outro is set up, the person receiving the outro won’t forget you’ve taken the extra step to help them when they were in need.
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