LinkedIn was worried about me. They hadn’t heard from me for a while. And they were right. My online activity had been reduced to a flatliner.
The same went for my profile views, actually. A steep descent into the red ‘double digits’ for a few weeks in a row.
Indeed, highlighting my services had triggered a slight addiction in me: the illusion of relevance.
Remarkable how quickly views, likes, comments and profile visits conquered a mood-defining factor in the working week.
So it was high time to apply the high tower strategy.
One of my earliest memories goes back to playschool. At playschool, I loved building high towers made of large, colourful blocks. Sometimes I would even stand on my chair (if Miss wasn’t looking). And if the tower was at its mega-highest!… I would topple it.
By going completely offline, I have toppled my high tower of relevance. Now I will start building again, from the foundation. And this time, I hope to build an even taller tower. I might even stand on the chair.
The illusion of relevance and the ability to let go are themes I apply to HR coaching. Because rebuilding always starts with the foundation!