In today’s times building relationships is the most important thing. As the world has become more and more mechanized and business-oriented, you can’t help but have strong business relationships with your clients. Research shows that even with the best products and business practices, you still need strong relationships to succeed in this marketplace. You must have studied at various places how to improve relationships and to sustain them. It all comes from the heart which works in tandem with the brain.
At the heart of every business relationship is respect. You have to have respect for yourself, your peers, your competitors and your surroundings to engage with them. It is actually the glue that holds together the functioning of teams, partnerships and managing relationships. The relationship works on all sides- Up and down, peer-to-peer, internally and externally.
Respect leads to accepting a person for what he/she is. Then accepting a person where they are creates an environment of trust. In continuation the trust then leads to a willingness to be open to new opportunities, new collaborations, new strategies, new ideas and new products. Once this is understood, the power struggle virtually vanishes in the thin air. Identify the specific areas of difference and work towards to it to evade any such trauma. Thinking my way is right and other ways are wrong is not the right attitude.
Have a good communication style. Not all people communicate in the same style. You have to identify how they do and find a common ground. Sometimes the non-verbal communication scores a greater point than the verbal one. All forms of communication must be considered. This form of communication is more covert, but not any less important. Non-verbal communication includes your body language and tone. Also, people learn in their own different style. You can’t force them to learn something that they can’t. Be flexible enough to allow these changes to flex in.
We all have different space needs and boundary needs. We must be aware of peoples’ boundaries and then use this understanding to approach them respectfully. This new behavior often avoids conflicts and strengthens relationships. Have a company culture, respect the self, respect the culture of the country, respect the family cultures and you will build a fabulous business relationship. Never in your business ruin the balance between self and team. Taking the time to identify and then address both individual and team dynamics are at the core of this balancing act.