Words of the Week – burn bridges

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To burn bridges means to destroy any possibility of going back. Business people most often use this term to describe something you do not want to do, such as ending a business relationship that may be valuable in the future.

You might hear a colleague ask, “I’m really excited about this new opportunity, but I don’t want to burn any bridges when I quit. Do you have any advice for maintaining the relationship as I’m leaving?”

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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