You've done it. You've made it through your first full work week of the new year. How's it going? Did you jump right back in where you left off? Or are you taking a different approach in the new year?
I have decided to take a slightly different approach in 2014. It's a more targeted approach. For me, and hence for you, my faithful readers, 2014 is the year of the
What is a business relationship, you may ask? Well, I can tell you it's not about making googly eyes at the hottie who works down the hall from you. And it's definitely not about French presidents and their mistresses (although I always have an opinion on that topic if anyone is interested.) Business relationships are about the "why" and "how" of the people who surround you every day. Business relationships are about the people who are pivotal in making you the success you are today. And business relationships are about the people you've been ignoring or complaining about on your rise to the top.
Over the course of the next twelve months, we will dive into the facets of the people who help make you who you are. We'll start with a little dose of self-reflection then work our way out to those around you. We'll discuss your relationships with your peers, your boss, your colleagues and your direct reports. We'll look at how your relationships outside of work affect your success at work. We'll look at how you spend your free time and how that may be helping (or hurting) your success. And most importantly, we'll examine your network and how you are leveraging it to your advantage.
Think of reading this year's posts as getting a crash course in business relationship-building and business relationship-management. And trust me, based on what I've seen, we could all use a little help with our business relationships.
I've got to warn you: the ideas and concepts in this blog are geared toward professional women. It's not because I don't like male readers, it's simply that I have A LOT more experience being a woman and can more easily relate to women's issues. That being said, I know a few guys who have experience being men so I may get them to weigh in on subjects every so often.
Are you ready to get started? If so, grab a notebook and a pen because we've got a lot of work to do.
Let's start by drawing our favorite decision-making tool, the T Square. Today we aren't going to use the T square to decide if we should stay or go, instead we are going to use it to examine our business relationships. On the left side of your T square write "Strong" and on the right side write "Weak." Over the course of the next week, observe the business relationships around you and identify those with whom your relationship is strong and those with whom your relationship is weak.
What does your list tell you about your business relationships?