Networking with Former Boss
1. Should I and how long should I wait before contacting a former boss & his boss for staying in touch (networking)?
2. Should I network with my old boss even though I don't respect his leadership skills?
Background on Point 1:
I resigned my position effective Jan 2 of this year. I gave them 3 weeks notice. (I asked for more time from my new job but my new company refused) . To my face, we left on good terms.
The issue is that I have spoken with some friends who let me know that my departure left a hole in the company that caused my old boss and some of my former peers some pain in terms of long hours, problems finding a replacement, and likely customer disruption.
For networking purposes I would like to stay in touch with some of the management team. I am concerned that if I reach out to them too soon it may ruin the potential for a long-term relationship since they now have a bad taste in their mouths from my departure.
The flip side is that if I wait too long to reach out to them, it may ruin the chances for a prosperous, on-going relationship. The MT podcast suggested the frequency should be no longer than 3-4 months between "touches".
Should I and how long should I wait before contacting former associates for networking purposes?
Background on Point 2:
One of the main reasons why I left the last company is that I did not like the leadership skills of my old boss. He was a good tactician but a poor manager. According to the networking advice from MT, I should build my network indiscriminately. The old boss certainly has connections and would be a good addition to my network (I am just starting).
Does the fact that I do not respect his management skills and professionalism mean I should exclude him from my network?