Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Strengthening Your Relationships At Work
My theme for February is all about relationships in honour of Valentine's day. As a relationship systems coach I tend to do a lot of work with business partnerships and teams (as well as some intimate couples) who want to move their relationship from great to extraordinary. In honour of this, most of my blog posts here, along with my sister sites Your Balanced Life! (all about work-life balance) and Group Coaching Ins and Outs (all about group facilitation) will have a relationship flair to the end of the month.
When was the last time you focused on your relationships at work? It's funny how we spend a majority of our waking day at work, and yet many workplaces suffer from a clinical team detachment. How often do you get together with your team mates to communicate? Or do you work for a company where your communication with your next door neighbour is by email? Please don't laugh -- this really does happen in some workplaces.
So....regardless of what your commuication mode is...here's some food for thought as you consider strengthening your relationships at work.
Creating Positive Workplace Relationships - a great article from Peter Vajda over at management-issues.com
Why Genuine Dialogue is the Key to Workplaces - Tammi Lenski
Creating Positive Intentional Business Partnerships -- a blog post I wrote last week on questions to consider when you are looking at creating any business partnerships -- joint venture or business model
Building Solid Work Relationships: Developing Rapport with Co-Workers - Deborah S. Hildebrand
So here's a question for you - What is one thing you could do this week to strengthen your relationships at work? What impact would that have?
Stay Tuned later this month as I'll share a list of intentional activities you can do to foster stronger working relationships with your co-workers and business partners.
Have a great rest of the week,
Jennifer Britton, PCC, CHRP, CPT