Like most of my friends here on LinkedIn, I've gone back and forth on the quantity versus quality of my connections. Is it good to be connected to many people I don't know or a few people I know well? As I venture into my new career in a new industry, I am wondering if I should bring out the ax.
At the beginning, I was like most. I was looking for a job and this was my online resume. Later I thought maybe I should shed some not so connected connections and keep it to people that I have actually met in person. The last year as a Financial Advisor, I used LinkedIn to find associations to people I wanted to meet. I also used it as a news feed and to spread the word on my favorite charities. I don't think this will change much in my new field, but I do realize my 600+ connections are weak.
So what do I do? I figured more was better until recently I heard a webinar from The Oechsli Institute. They have some great ideas as well as a process that works. On the subject of quality versus quantity, they simplified it to this. If your connection wouldn't take a phone call from you, delete them. This isn't a popularity site, it's a professional business site.
If you're reading this, you might just get a phone call from me in the next couple months. Hopefully, you will take my call and we find out that we can add value to each other's network, but if not, you may be on the chopping block!