“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” These are a few lines of a poem penned by the metaphysical English poet, John Donne, around the time of Shakespeare. Community, interdependence, and oneness has been a central part of many ancient philosophies and spiritual practices for thousands of years.
This is especially true in today’s networked, globalized world, and interconnected workplaces. It’s nearly impossible for anyone in today’s organizations to succeed totally on his or her own. Some degree of teamwork and collaboration are vital to getting almost anything done. And that means building strong relationships.
As our organizations continue to rapidly transform and change, relationship building is also shifting. What once worked in a traditional hierarchy is quite different from what’s needed now to make a flat, network, team-based organization work well.
In the new organization of today — with its greater emphasis on teams and better information dissemination — the nature of relationships has changed. It is now important to develop relationships that elicit cooperation and encourage people to take initiative and act more independently.
A key to effective leadership is the ability to build positive relationships with other people. We know that these relationships improve retention, engagement, and discretionary effort but there is a much deeper meaning and importance.
Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman present a 40 minute webinar on How to Build Effective Relationships — 9 Ways to Work with Others in a Positive Way. Watch Joe and Jack as they discuss:
- Nine key ways to build effective relationships and work with others in a positive way.
- The nature of relationships in today’s flat, team-based organizations.
- Developing relationships that encourage people to take initiative and act more independently.
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