Business Tip #7: Don’t Underestimate the Power of Relationships

Working on a team is hard. At some point in your career you will run into team members who just don’t see eye to eye with you. They might try to resist your ideas. They might be stubborn and always pushing just their ideas. They may seem like a pain to work with and it’s not worth the effort to get to know them because they are just such negative people.

I think this is the wrong way to approach things. Getting to know people, even the ones that are not cooperative at first is the best way to understand how to frame things in their minds in order for them to understand. Many times in my experiences the right message is not given when writing emails or on phone calls. Unless you have a relationship with the person you are talking to, they are more than likely going to write you off if they don’t understand what you are saying.

To prevent this, everyone should strive to get to know the people around you better. It can be as easy as asking about someone’s day. Maybe you can find common interests. Maybe you can start to go to lunch with the person or grab a coffee at the morning. It doesn’t take much to show people you care. Be genuine about it and really listen to others. You will find that they will return the favor and will be more understanding!

The Lermz

Michael Lerma graduated the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with an Information Technology Management degree. He is currently a senior Project Manager with the Nielsen Company.

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