Welcome to Wednesday
Hope you are enjoying this stretch of warm weather and remember how it feels when January rolls around. I am thankful that comparatively speaking, all of our summer months have not been like the last few days. However, I am ready for that change of season.
As you wait for the arrival of Fall, take a little time and think about the relationships in your life.
For purposes of discussion here, relationship is defined as, “The way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave toward each other.” Relationships are the way in which people are connected. It is continuing and often a committed association in which the participants have some degree of influence on each other’s thoughts, feelings, and actions.
All relationships are unique in their own way; however, there are some common characteristics of a healthy relationship.
- Trust is a key component of a healthy relationship and is established by how people treat each other. When you see that the other person treats you well, is dependable, and is there when you need them, you are more likely to develop trust in them.
- Openness, or a feeling that you can be yourself is another characteristic of a healthy relationship. You shouldn’t feel that you have to hide aspects of yourself or change who you are. Being open makes you feel more connected.
- Mutual respect. In healthy relationships, people have a shared level of respect. They don’t demean or belittle one another and offer each other support and security.
- Good communication. This doesn’t mean there won’t be conflict. It means when conflict arises you are able to resolve differences of opinion effectively and work towards resolution.
- Give and take. Strong relationships are not about keeping score or feeling that you owe the other person. You do things for one another because you genuinely want to.
There are also steps to building healthy business relationships, including:
- Offer value to others.
- Follow-up and check in regularly.
- Learn and share about goals.
- Be genuine and be yourself.
- Ask for feedback.
- Express your appreciation.
- Give praise and encouragement.
Building strong business relationships is really no different than nurturing healthy personal relationships. Just remember the C’s – Communication, Commitment, Credibility, Consistency.
Bringing it Home
The Vandenack Weaver Team knows the importance of building healthy and strong relationships. We start with building trust and confidence through communication and responsiveness to client needs, objectives, and goals. We lay the groundwork for setting reasonable and attainable goals. We are open to feedback and suggestions from our clients and provide encouragement to keep working toward desired results. Finally, when the project is complete, we demonstrate appreciation for the opportunity to serve.
Have a great rest of the week as you are building new relationships or maybe fixing up some old ones.