Assignment states conditions for serving a networking relationship & handle any possible ramifications of this action

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Alicia E, 

Networking has become a widely accepted form of communication and relationship building. Through networking, individuals are able to discover new relationships, build on existing relationships, discover job opportunities and much more. With this being said, however, although there are a great many positives that result from a large network, there are conditions under which severing a networking relationship may be appropriate. Conditions which I feel would identify a need to sever a networking relationship are, (1) More give than take; (2) Possibility of a Negative Reputation; (3) Excessive Sales Attempts; and (4) Doubtful Intentions or relationships. To explain: there are relationships at which it seems that one party gives more than the other; this can often time lead to communication only when the other party needs something thus, presenting an unwanted relationship. In regards to negative reputations: it is very concerning to be involved in a relationship that may potentially reflect badly on yourself therefore, severing that network may be a smart thing to do. Third, users of websites like LinkedIn for example, may have at one time or another found themselves being approached by certain individuals exclusively for sales and marketing attempts; this can become pesky and irritating. Lastly, because networking sites can often be portals for job recruitment and business opportunities, it is important that users be mindful to keep connections that would have positive things to say about their personality, work ethics, etc... as opposed to negative. 

Severing networking relationships may have potential ramifications therefore, it is important to end the relationship on a positive note. Avoiding hostility and finger-pointing would be essential given that it may fume the opposing party and drive them to retaliate back. I would say being polite, honest and try to keep messages to the point. 



When the mission and vision of a networking relationship are going in different directions, it''s time to sever the relationship. For example, if the graphic artist or other supplier is no longer meeting the needs of the hospital, they should be replaced with a graphic artist/supplier that is more in line with the vision of the hospital. Another example of a condition to sever a relationship would be a junior mentor that isn''t quite cutting it. Some successful ways of "cutting the ties" are as follows: always point out the movement in the organization that has been possible thanks to that connection, and thank the person for those contributions. Then introduce the challenges that have come up as a result of that connection. For example, "My business model is changing. What I need is a faster response time on website changes and a design that better accommodates my unique business offers." Always make sure you write any future contracts with the "divorce" moment in mind. 

The easiest way to handle the ramifications is to handle the severing appropriately. If for some reason there is a need for damage control make sure you stay as translucent as possible. If trust is lost in a community it is extremely difficult to rebuild. Communities tend to be small so it''s important to always treat people with respect and professionalism. 


In networking, it is important that you focus on quality over quantity. There may be some instances where you must decide whether to sever a networking relationship, so that you can focus on the relationships that are the most natural and beneficial. If a person does not seem interested and you keep trying and trying with no luck, it is time to cut off that relationship and find one where there is mutual respect. The relationship does not always have to have tangible benefits though. We could be helping that person now, but maybe in the future there is something that they could do for us. One reason to sever a relationship though would be if they are constantly asking for favors with nothing in return. If you have decided that you should sever a relationship, then you must do it in a way that causes the least waves. Sometimes we don’t have to do anything, and the relationship will dissolve naturally. But if someone does seem upset that you are severing the relationship, it is important to explain to them what is not working for you and see if there is anything that can be done to make the relationship more valuable to both of you without hurting their feelings. 



Alicia E has appreciated the power of networking in the contemporary world very reasonably. Whatever issues that she has pointed out in the discussion, they are all true and valid without any doubt. She has indicated very critical issues that need to be focused on, in the context of not getting the networking profile damaged or corrupted. It is true that one need not have the necessary negative note on others, as this will obviously will call back similar outrage and spoils the overall image in the network. Some of the conditions identified by her like more give than take, being prepared for negative reputation, excessive sales attempts and doubtful intentions are quite considerable to be taken care of to severe a relationship in network. If they are not done so, it is very difficult to keep up the profile and meet the objectives of networking. Yeah, there is a statement to remain mindful of keeping connections all the time and remaining positive towards others all the time. Well I believe they are more concerned for entry level professionals who are looking for job entries and want always to keep the positive image of themselves.  A matured professional will understand that critism and negative comments are part and parcel of life and one without rationale and in-depth thinking cannot judge what is right and what is not? Hence I believe a matured recruiting professional will not always just get carried away by the comments on the networking site and will definitely looks into more realistic information before taking a decision. In any case, there is nothing harm in keeping always positive image and by reducing the possible negative marks. This definitely will be of use. All comments of Alicia are realistic and worth noting for.


A networking relationship need to be severed if the mission and vision of the relationship is going across in a different direction. Well it is quite a good piece of advice for those who do not want any nuances of relationships on network. It is indeed a right fit of practice for those who are looking for practical approaches. A very valuable suggestion given by Camille is to sever a relationship indicating good thanks to the contributor. Typical tips like acknowledging positive contributions of a person as well acknowledging the active participation in the team all works to indicate the positive spirits of the networking. Also indicating a genuine reason for the developments that worked on to sever the relation like the changes in the business model, changes in the perspectives, changes in the needs, need for a different skillset all are well described in the advice given by Camille and I appreciate her polite way of bring before the facts. Further I believe honest presentation of the facts will keep the relationship positive even after severing the network. Professionalism in treatment, respecting others as well treating others with all the necessary translucence is definitely of right use while using networking. Camille comments are resourceful. Ramifications of serving the relation can be kept positive, obviously by being as polite as possible and by providing with the best honest and transparent response to the fellows contacted on network. However still I believe irrespective of the consequences and irrespective of the community size, it is always better and advisable to remain respecting others, this will be of use and definitely will work to reciprocate similar outlook from others.


Networking will be more lively and energetic only when there is quality over quantity. However I believe it depend on the quality of the peers participating in the relationship as well. Since quality depends on the stakeholders as well. However when enlightened and equally competent participants are there in the networking, the results can be more positive and useful to all the participants. Further as informed by Chelsea, a selective relationship can be of right use, since only people with understanding and mutual respect only can develop a long lasting relations and definitely they can be of use when they are made lively. Chelsea rightly said that if we ourselves need to server the relation it is required to do so with least waves. There are several occasions where we do not need to do anything and the relationship will end by itself. The underlying comment is that the relationship stands only when there is mutual understanding between both of them and it is possible only when there is equal respect and concern exist for each other, it is true and I will accept, that however an attempt to create positive response even from those who really don’t want a relation at the outset can be of use sometimes. So I believe proceeding for the same with positive outlook towards others is of great use and expecting similar positive response can be of use at least in some occasions. Further an attempt at times of crisis to console the others and a whole hearted approach to keep up the positive spirits all the times will be of great use to keep up the relationship on networking. I agree with the opinions of Chelsea.


Normally, I do remain very selective in choosing relationship on networking. Only when I have trust and belief over the other parties I do take up the relationship to higher levels in general. In all other circumstances it will not proceed further. When it comes to positive approach, honesty and transparency in relations, I value them a lot and expect the same from others.  So normally only those people who value these attributes will stay with me and rest of the people do not stand for long. However world is very large and people are quite different, it is possible that sometimes people with malicious intentions may get into my personal world and may start developing relationship (Labianca et al.,1998) with me. In such occasions I normally will be blunt in cutting out the relationship, it normally will be a hurried decision but never have I believed it to be hasty. I cannot tolerate dishonesty and don’t feel like to have such relationship in my network. However I do not do so bluntly while cutting off the relation, while appreciating the past relations and appreciating the past contributions, I will politely say that sorry to continue. Also once I decided, rarely will get back to keep the relation. I never proved wrong in losing the wrongful relations, I take time to assess and will act only when convinced there is dishonesty and when I believe that there is no need for continuation of the relations. So ultimately it is all about the case to case basis progress and normally will cut the relation smoothly. I don’t want to have negative implications later and do dexterously cut-off the relations on a positive note (Scott, 2017).


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