The Value of Getting back in touch

I speak with groups and talk with individuals often about the value of Networking and today’s post is just an extension of that belief.  Those of you who know me well realize that I live to connect and I am blessed to be able to earn a living using one of the God-given skills I do best in my daily pursuits.

We all have periods in our life where we grow close to a group of others where there is some type of affinity.  This connection might be in school, a social group, a sports team or a group of co-workers.  This story is about a group of HR professionals I first came to know over 10 years ago when I was the Director of Human Resources for Smith Seckman Reid, a Consulting Engineering firm based in Nashville, TN.

This group of HR professionals all have one thing in common.  They either have worked for or currently work for similar firms serving staff members at all levels in this industry.  These colleagues come from as far west as San Diego and Portland, Oregon, as far east as Boston or Maine, as far south as Tampa and almost anywhere in between.

I met with this group for a number of years and then took a break starting in 2008.  I chose to attend again this year and have been pleasantly surprised to see how easily I have been able to assimilate with my former friends and new ones.

Being part of a group that you leave does not mean that you have to abandon the group forever.  There is always an opportunity to reconnect to virtually any group.  I have found this to be true with this group and with others I have been a part of in the past.

Keep those ties warm.  You never know who will need you, or who might be able to help you or vice versa.