Professional Skill for the week: "What your mom said is true: Don’t burn your bridges!"
"to burn your bridges"
to do or say something (usually bad) that would make it impossible to ever return to that situation or circumstance
Whatever you do, don’t burn your bridges.
This saying is has never been more fitting than in today’s highly connected business world. Likely military in origin, the phrase probably is based on the strategy that once a bridge was burned, there was no way to turn back from a chosen path. In the marketplace, it’s basically the same principal.
Picture this: You’re at work and your boss makes a remark that sends your blood pressure sky high. Without thinking, you immediately go on the defensive either verbally or with an email, and you outline exactly what’s on your mind. Have you found yourself reacting like this?
Unexpected situations such as a career transition can tempt you to tell people how you felt about working for your previous employer or boss. One business manager found out how a previous employee felt through Facebook.
Synonyms: foolhardy, hasty, heedless, hotheaded, ill-considered, impetuous, rash, reckless, shortsighted, thoughtless