Whether you are back to work or starting a new role, relationships are key in today's business context. As team leaders, we navigate a wide network for relationships, which you may need to call on at any given time. Five key relationships for team leaders to be aware of are::
1. Your team - What is the strength of these relationships right now? What conversations are important to have? What does your team rely on you for? What do you need from them? What preferences to do they have in terms of support, communication, connection etc?
2. Your boss - When was your last quality meting with your boss? What support do they need from you? What support do you need from them? What are their priorities this month/quarter? How can you help them be even more successful?
3. Your customers, clients other key stakeholders are also key players in your network. What conversations and touch points do you have planned or want to have?
4, Key project relationships - Consider other key relationships you have. What requires attention? Where can you lean into for support?
5. Your peers - As team leaders we also benefit tremendously from fostering a network of peers around us. Is it time to connect with some specific people within your network? What could you share about your current successes that would help others? What do you need from them?
To wrap up with one of my favorite business authors on the topic of relationships, here's what Keith Ferrazzi says:
“connecting. It’s a constant process of giving and receiving—of asking for and offering help. By putting people in contact with one another, by giving your time and expertise and sharing them freely, the pie gets bigger for everyone. This karma-tinged vision of how things work may sound naïve to those who have grown cynical of the business world. But while the power of generosity is not yet fully appreciated, or applied, in the halls of corporate America, its value in the world of networks is proven.”
― Keith Ferrazzi, Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
As we step into the month of February with relationships, collaboration and networking as a focus, what is important for you to keep a focus on this month?
What are the relationships you want to build, maintain or enhance?
You will notice that relationships are one of the areas listed on this month’s Teams365 Planning tool – the One-page Monthly Planner One Sheet. Join our Teams365 Planning list and receive a new planning template throughout the year.
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