Building Relationships at Work

The workplace is built on relationships. Yet, building relationships at work is oft neglected. Especially by those in positions of leadership and authority.

Let’s be honest. How often are you frustrated with work? Do people thwart your efforts? Is progress slow?

Building Relationships at Work

When we work together we make choices. We may choose to work together or we may choose to build mutually beneficial relationships. But these choices are not the same.Indeed, the former does not guarantee success because those we work with may have a mindset that actively sabotages our relationships at work.It is the quality of the relationship that counts.
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You cannot sink someone else’s end of the boat and still keep your own afloat. – Charles Bower

So what makes some organisations more successful than others? Or for that matter families and personal relationships?

According to Carl Zaiss, author of True Partnership*, the main reason people don’t do more at work or at home is that they don’t focus on the quality of their relationships. We seem to spend much time fighting immovable obstacles—other people—and accept this as the norm.

We leave work frustrated knowing we could be more productive.

Building Relationships That Work

Partnership is a state of mind not a type of relationship. Successful partnerships create highly effective relationships and are capable of resolving issues and making progress.

But there is no secret formula. Partnerships succeed because they are human relationships.

It is our mindset, values, and behaviours that count.

Next time you find yourself building relationships at work—or rekindle those you already have—put aside your position and power and the office politics, and consider the partnership perspective—shaping the quality and effectiveness of your relationships.

Think how much more you could accomplish!

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Have Your Say

What kind of organisation do you work for? Is there constant tension and back-biting? Or one that values well-being and partnerships? Please join the discussion.

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