There’s nothing quite like true love.
You know the feeling: You feel energized, inspired, and happy, and you just can’t wait to see him or her again. This is it!
Just as in our personal lives, some work relationships are solid and enduring; others simply aren’t.
Unfortunately, we can’t always control whom we work with, and those relationships that become destructive can leave you feeling flat, anxious, and negative. Whether it’s with clients, suppliers, colleagues, or staff, how do we achieve cohesive relationships?
I have learned to recognize the predictive signs of how certain relationships will track. These observations have taught me that the best relationships are based on the following principles:
Whether your relationship is based on knowledge, experience, skill, or personality, having mutual respect and trust in the other person builds a fulfilling, long-term partnership.
When two parties are tracking in the same direction in relation to a strategic program with key milestones in place, it turns evaluation from anecdotal and emotional to objective, constructive, and rational.
Establishing a platform where both parties feel comfortable to raise issues or provide feedback at any time is an important way to ensure a “true” reading of a relationship’s success. Sharing feedback also injects enthusiasm and incentive to succeed.
For a relationship to track successfully, both parties need to “come to the party” and contribute to their end of the agreed program. You can’t expect the other person to continue on a skewed path.
No matter how stressful a situation, celebrating victories will nourish a relationship. When it’s all work and no play, you lose the perspective of what you’re both trying to achieve. It’s also a good time to reflect on what’s working and what’s not.
You don’t have to be best friends or have chemistry—but as we spend most of our time at work, it’s more important than ever to set the foundation for healthy, productive working relationships. It’s time to take stock: What common themes thread through your successful relationships?
Nicole Reaney is the founder and director of Australia-based boutique agency Inside Out PR, an industry leader in creativity and technology solutions.