Professional relationship doesn’t have to be transactional


During the early stage of the Covid pandemic, when Malaysia was under movement control order, I received a Whatsapp message from a number not saved on my phone.

At that time, I had just lost most of my contact numbers after accidentally dropping my old phone and I had to get a new phone.

The person seemed to know me from the contents of the message. The person remembered my hometown and enquired about my family in my hometown after reading the news that the pandemic was rather serious there.

I thanked the person.

The truth was, at that time, I could not tell who that person was from the message or Whatsapp profile photo. The was no conversation log/ history on my Whatsapp account which could provide a clue. The puzzle remained unsolved till several months later.

The message was from an investment banker whom I had worked with. I mentioned my hometown in passing when we worked together on an IPO and she remembered that.

I was touched that the person remembered and reached out to me.

Professional relationship doesn’t have to be transactional.


This post was first posted on Linkedin on 30 May 2022.

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