Like several of the other topics I've explored in the Leadership Practices section, relationship building is not always top of our list of things to do, but it is essential. It is often said that "relationships are the currency of business". They help us get ahead, and if we don't have strong relationships they may slow us down.
Today's post gets you thinking about key relationships you want to foster as well as which relationships are important for you to cultivate.
Consider which relationships are important for you to cultivate - internally and externally. As you consider your priorities for the rest of the year, what are you most important relationships to cultivate - internally? Externally?
Consider why you are building relationships - Against the backdrop of your strategic goals, WHY are you building relationships. Is it to learn more about others? Is it to update them? Is it to create more of a partnership? These are all different purposes, which will involve different types of conversations, and have different time focus. Be clear on WHY you are building relationship.
Consider how you create a "win-win" in your relationship - While you may not be cultivating and partnership, it's important for us to think about how we can be helping others through our relationship. Maybe you bring connections to a part of the business, or knowledge of a certain skill set. Consider what you are bringing into the relationship as something unique, and how what the other person or party brings in. Key to creating a win-win is this knowledge.
Create space to focus on relationship building -When we start a few job or a new role we may be spending a lot of time reaching out and getting to know others. We many be holding a lot of discussions seeing how our work interfaces with theirs. As our workload increases it can be very easy to drop our of this habit. It is important to leave space regularly to have these outreach conversations. As much as our work changes, so does everyone else. Are you aware of the changes going on with key people in your network?
Take a look at some of the past posts I have written on relationship building here
You may also want to check out my Linked In Pulse Post on Building Relationships with Your Virtual Team here.
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