What do you do when someone asks for a reference or a referral and you are not totally comfortable providing one?
I get asked a lot for references from speakers, suppliers and people I don’t really know and with this new endorsement program on LinkedIn, you start to feel obliged to reciprocate when people have endorsed you.
But I have actually decided with the endorsements that I am just not going to go there … for anyone. No, the tougher ones are those who have done a so-so job or the dilemma I face right now, where the person actually owes you money and you question their ethics.
Without sounding vain, well maybe a tad, my recommendation can carry some weight and so I am reluctant to sully my own reputation by ringing the praises of someone I have reservations about or who I feel I will be condoning their bad behaviour.
I know when I worked in Human Resources and we were taking up references, it was often what was not said that was a clue to the true character of the individual being researched.
So I am keeping quiet.