There’s nothing better than having great relationships with your colleagues at work. So how do we develop and nurture these relationships?
Develop professional and trusting relationships
Think about the quality of your relationships and the importance of trust. As you navigate the people in your new workplace, professional associations and beyond, associated with your role, follow up with the people who you believe share similar values to yourself. Create a positive image and actively participate in meetings with these people you value and assisting them where you can in their projects. Find out what matters to them to create a strong foundation on which to grow your relationship. Build appreciation into the conversations or other means of communication. People will want to be involved with you if you can assist them to further their interests and service them in some way. Think about ways to build mutual trust and shared intentions.
Work at a range of levels to support and nurture those relationships, so that trust develops and new ventures can be pursued. When you find the right people to effectively work along side, people will collaborate with you and help you to leverage and grow your career too. You may be able to create mentoring opportunities. Seek out Professional Associations in your field. Go to the professional development sessions and networking events to engage width a wider group of people in your profession.
For further information about how to build successful relationships in this way, have a look at Melissa Giovagnoli’s networlding website http://www.networlding.com. She has two great books that assist you to make networking meaningful – they are the Networlding NanoBook and Networlding Guidebook.
When the time is right for you to take more action, you are welcome to email me.
Bye for now,