Recently, I was part of another iteration of the ongoing debate about whether it’s better to be expansive in choosing LinkedIn connections or more restrictive. My take is that less is more. You can read why I believe so here and here, but it’s really pretty simple: in order to provide the most value to those who are likely to provide you with the best opportunities, you can’t spread yourself too thin. The possibilities inherent an ever-growing network are great, but they don’t overshadow the possibilities inherent in reinvesting time and effort in the relationships most important to you. The hypothetical limit on the number of connections you can make is infinite; time and attention, however, are very much finite.
If you buy into that logic, it may be appropriate to remove the occasional LinkedIn connection: someone you never should have connected with in the first place, no longer have a good reason to stay connected with (a side note: I do believe that when in doubt between keeping people in your network or removing them, you should retain them), or who is taking time away from those with whom you’d rather stay more closely connected. How you do that on LinkedIn, however, isn’t immediately apparent. With that in mind, here’s a short video that shows you how to remove a connection, when it’s time to say goodbye.