I sent Yvonne an invite on LinkedIn. Yvonne and I are social buddies and friends. Here’s Yvonne’s email response to me:
Wow, so happy to connect with you in the professional world. What an honor!
I adore Yvonne. But here’s the secret code hidden in Yvonne’s email to me:
We separate professional and personal.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe in strong personal boundaries. Not every colleague needs to become a friend, just as not every friend is my best friend or my closest friend. There are gradations in all of our relationships.
As an entrepreneur, I have learned that the great clients, the lasting ones, often become friends. Good friends.