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Started by Randy Schwarz (@randyschwarz) · Mon, Feb 24 at 7:11am CDT


You have a LinkedIn profile, and every time you log in, you are asked to endorse several of your connections for certain skills. Is this appropriate?

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A. Yes, for all connections

B. Yes, but only for other Mayo Clinic employees or students

C. No

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Jennie Fiechtl (@dermandlaser) · Wed, Feb 26 at 9:20am CDT · #

A. As long as these are true to form endorsements and you are on your personal profile.

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transom (@transom) · Tue, Mar 4 at 4:18pm CDT · #

C. No
This surprised me when I heard it, but if I recall correctly, you shouldn't endorse any other Mayo Clinic employees or students.

Joel (@joelkrueger) · Thu, Mar 6 at 8:26am CDT · #

A. I know the answer is C but I really have an issue with this one. While I understand the underlying concern for Mayo, I think this rule is too broad. For example I have been in my career for 29+ years, and only the last two years has been with Mayo. This rule means that I can not endorse any individual I worked with at ANY job prior to coming to Mayo. I think people understand that at LinkedIn it is not an endorsement by my current employer if I endorse a former colleague I worked with, or a skill that I witnessed that colleague using at 'XYZ' company years before joining my current employer. Mayo should not own my career.

Lisa Newcomb (@Newcomb_Lisa) · Fri, Mar 28 at 2:33pm CDT · #

Appropriate or not, Linked in thinks it's a great idea. I think it's rather meaningless, (though it's nice too see those endorsements add up) because you're already demonstrating that you have x, y, z skills in your work/education sections in your profile. I think the feature is a little fluffy and made really as a way for Linked in to increase "engagement" among members.