Five Keys to Building Stronger Relationships

Building Relationships Networking Five Keys to Building Stronger Relationships When groups of people gather together, there is often dissension. Even in couples or small groups, simply getting along is often a problem.  And that problem is one that must be addressed if we wish to be effective in relating positively to one another. Super relationshipsare built on a super-strong foundation.  And that takes effort!

To build strong relationships requires five key concepts, which are embodied in the acronym – R.A.I.S.E.

  • R stands for reliability: I do what I say I will do.
    Reliability is probably the most obvious attribute in building a relationship. People, teams, and organizations are continually being assessed on their reliability. Do they do what they say they will do? Can you count on them to keep agreements or commitments? Do they achieve the standards they claim to, or that you expect? Is it a “most of the time” effort, or an “all the time” effort? An ‘all the time” effort is essential!

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NorQuest Weekly Round-Up 3/8

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It is week 2 of our weekly round-up  and here are some more excellent articles from around the Web about leadership:

Leadership Freak: Top 10 Lies Leaders Tell Themselves
It’s easy to believe the best about yourself, but often times leaders choose to deny the obvious and defend the ridiculous. In this article, Dan Rockwell outlines the top delusions a boss can tell believe about himself.

Forbes: Confessions of a Successful Entrepreneur
This article discusses the change in mindset successful entrepreneurs make as they grow their business, and how those same traits translate to leadership achievement in the corporate world.

Forbes: Cleaning Up My Messes
An interesting article about the importance of recognizing your mistakes, and making amends, a trait often undervalued as a leader.

HBR Blog: Nine Things Successful People Do Differently
A terrific article by Heidi Grant Halvorson explains how even the most brilliant and savvy people lack understanding why they succeed or fail. Here, she outlines nine actions that lead to success and goals being met.

Leadership Now: 5 Leadership Lessons: Where Negative Emotions Come From
Negative thoughts and emotions can be a critical issue for leaders, influencing decisions and behavior. Here, five major factors that cause people to create negative emotions and hold on to them are reviewed.

Forbes: The Personal Journey of an Effective Leader
A video interview with Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean of degree programs at INSEAD, he talks about discussing how business education can help MBA students to become better leaders, in an environment designed to test them, push them, stress them, and expose them to different perspectives on the personal journey to leadership.

Today is also International Women’s Day, find out more about it HERE.

Saying No to Others is Saying YES to Yourself

by Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield picture of Girl crpd Saying No to Others is Saying YES to YourselfThere are only two words that will always lead you to success.  Those words are yes and no.  Undoubtedly, you’ve mastered saying yes.  So start practicing saying no.  Your goals depend on it!

If you are constantly saying yes to other people, then you are constantly saying no to yourself and your goals.   Ask yourself if what is being requested of you is in line with your goals, will it benefit you in some way and bring you closer to your success, or will you simply be spending your time on someone else’s good opportunity?

How much time do you waste with projects and activities that you really don’t want to do simply because you are uncomfortable saying no? 
Success depends on getting good at saying no without feeling guilty.  You cannot get ahead with your own goals if you are always saying yes to someone else’s projects and agendas.  [Read more…]