Relationship rules of engagement

As the old saying goes ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know’. Building great relationships is a vital skill for anyone in business and can help you to fix problems, promote yourself and your organisation and achieve common goals.

I love this photograph from one of our workshops. Look at this group working together. What do you see?

I see relaxed active listening. There is a thoughtfulness to the group and you know what, they came up with the most AMAZING ideas as a result of spending just a short time sharing ideas and building (together). I never cease to be amazed by the ideas that people share in workshops in just a short space of time.Yet at work, we rush through meeting agendas, we are more interested in telling others what we know and try to get to the end as quickly as possible.

We have some very simple rules we share to help cut through the complexity of relationships. These are:

  • Be interested
  • Be interesting
  • Keep in touch

You might roll your eyes at the simplicity of this but next time you meet someone new, just think of these and ask yourself if you have followed these guiding principles and see what a difference just focusing on this can make.