Relationship Roundup

Some of the best practices to amp up your business skills take center stage in this week’s Roundup, including managing the change process and the benefits of hiring adversarial candidates. Plus, a trend too cool not to pass on. Enjoy.

Navigating change – Former guest to the Social Capitalist and Executive Coach Christine Comaford provides a roadmap for managing the change process. Read her Forbes article here: http://onforb.es/TiPbas.

Lessons from the field – The NFL is not only entertaining, it’s a multi-billion dollar enterprise with some valuable management lessons to offer. Read this Wall Street Journal blog about the management secrets of the NFL here: http://on.wsj.com/Q8UDX9.

Benefit from your dislikes – Being truly relationship savvy means mastering the ability to interact and function with challenging colleagues. Read about the benefits of hiring adversarial candidates in this Fast Company article here: http://bit.ly/UseYei.

The customer is king – Implementing the best practices of marketing with your customer relationships can provide the edge you seek in reaching your business goals. Download and listen to this Marketing Professionals podcast from marketing expert Ardath Albee here: http://bit.ly/Tnte8H.

Too cool not to mention – #11 on Trendwatching’s September 2012 release of 12 mini trends is a glimpse into a world where social and reality intersect beyond the handheld mobile device. Read about it here: http://bit.ly/NMIHzO.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

Relationship Roundup

In the Relationship Roundup this week, building blocks to fix your communication, using social media to your visual advantage, improving your time management, and increasing relationship intimacy.

Communication fix: Business relationships can be tricky to manage and require special finesse. Learn how to maneuver a touchy communication challenge in this CBS MoneyWatch article. Read it here: http://cbsn.ws/Rt1Wxk.

Being visually engaging: Many of us are still figuring out the role that visual platforms can play in our social media mix. Expert Ekaterina Walker shares how the new visual landscape can add depth to your online relationship building. Read her Fast Company article here: http://bit.ly/Rn77eb.

Executive timing: We can never learn enough best practices for getting time on our side. Read a CEO trainer’s findings about how the most effective CEO’s manage their workload. Read the Inc. Magazine article here: http://bit.ly/QTytYP.

Long slow dinner without interruptions: I love this company’s creativity and mission to bring attention back to the dining table. Read about their social rehab kit here: http://bit.ly/NYYvPL.

Developing powerful partnerships: Building alliances provides the support we’ll need to reach our ultimate goals. Read one bloggers view on the process for aligning the relationships most important to his leadership goals. Read it here: http://bit.ly/NCpFG9.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

Relationship Roundup

This week in the Roundup, learn to say “no”, how to mix twitter with business, accepting feedback, knowing when to be assertive, and a new way to onboard new recruits.

The art of the “No”: Learning to strategically say “no” helps preserve your reputation, time, and energy and keep you focused on your primary goals. Read this Thought Leaders, LLC article to refine your strategy: http://bit.ly/OxjOF1.

Tweak your Twitter image: Effectively applying Twitter to your business repertoire requires a little tweaking. Read some suggested minimal changes here: http://bit.ly/QrPvgo.

Feedback your way to success: At myGreenlight, tapping into the feedback loop is not only key to knowing who’s got your back, but also what’s holding you back from your ultimate success. Read this CBS Moneywatch article on feedback and how it can accelerate your progress: http://cbsn.ws/NI9iJv.

How and when to exercise assertiveness: Whether assertiveness is your natural style or not, certain situations require it and certain situations require that it be used with finesse. Read this Harvard Business Review blog on the best practices for inserting assertiveness into your communication style: http://bit.ly/O6v3p3.

Onboard and engage with game play – Companies looking for a seamless way to foster relationships with new employees’ might look into Team Alaya, a gamification platform designed to onboard new recruits. Read more about it here: http://bit.ly/MMYrB3.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

Networking Mistakes You Can Avoid

It’s easy to get so swept up in the tides of social media and connection building or the urgency of a job search that you forget the key to successful networking: mutual generosity for mutual success. Recently Forbes published  Four Networking Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making that will help keep you on track.

Here’s the list:

  1. Don’t talk about yourself all the time, instead take some interest. There’s a reason we have two ears and only one mouth. By being curious about others, you show that you see their value and can build a sustainable relationship.
  2. Instead of expecting a job, add some value. The value train goes both ways. “If you’re looking for a job, don’t ask for it—work for it. Do some research into what your contact does both in and out of work and find ways that you can contribute your time or support.”
  3. Always say thank you. Pretty self-explanatory. Snail mail thank-you cards are a wonderfully thoughtful touch in today’s online world. Send them out as soon as possible.
  4. Stay accountable and always follow up. Stay true to your word to confirm the value of your brand.

What would you add? Are there some common networking mistakes you’d add to the list?

Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.

Relationship Roundup

This week in the Roundup, words of advice on managing your relationship reputation.

Getting to know yourself – Trustworthy feedback can help us fill our gaps and get closer to those goals on our list. Motivational psychologist and author Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. shares some insights on the value of outside opinions about you. Read the Harvard Business Review blog here: http://bit.ly/OjXLQn.

Playing with politics – As we near November’s election date, conversations about hot button issues could put a strain on your relationships. Read this USA Today Money article for advice on how to manage those conversations carefully: http://bit.ly/M1uiO6.

Leadership lessons – Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley shares some out of the box thinking on building relationships among employees that nurtures corporate culture. Read the SmartBrief on Leadership blog here: http://nyti.ms/Plye8e.

Relationship turnarounds – Turning critics into fans is a master relationship skill. Learn how to navigate critical waters in this video from Rogers Communications’. View it here: http://bit.ly/OzTskc.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

Relationship Roundup

This week in the Roundup, how to manage your time on social media, create habits that stick, put a contact in relationship time-out, and tips on communication and accountability.

Get time on your side – The addition of social media to your plate of responsibilities can be daunting personally and professionally. Managing your time in this area not only means more time on your hands, but a better presence for your brand. Learn some tips in this Hubspot blog: http://bit.ly/Qtud8F.

Creating sticky habits – We all struggle with making new habits routine. To assist, try the tips suggested in this Entrepreneur magazine blog. Read it here: http://bit.ly/Qankqs.

Relationship time-out – Inevitably someone in your network may abuse their social privileges to the point where you will want to put them in the time-out corner. Now there’s an app for that. Read about the Twitter Doghouse in this Mashable blog: http://on.mash.to/QWZICG.

True leaders communicate – Leading the tribe requires excellent communication skills. Read this SmartBrief Blog on Leadership for the communication traits of good leaders: http://bit.ly/NSxYA6.

The accountability factor – All talk and no commitment leads individuals and organizations nowhere. Learn some ways to bring accountability to the forefront of your organization’s value set. Read the Harvard Business Review blog here: http://bit.ly/N8ZvuZ.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

Relationship Roundup

This week in the Roundup, tips for building accountability, understanding the power of language, securing commitments from prospects, and taking culture past the friendly point.

Where accountability starts and stops – Accountability is the foundation of sustainable change. Consultant and author Steve Tobak shares how to reinforce the accountability in your company. Read the CBS Money Watch article here: http://cbsn.ws/MWBcjz.

The language of our corporate cultures – Words have power. In this Harvard Business Review blog, author Kevin Allen Partners explores the way language creates the environment for corporate culture. Read it here: http://bit.ly/NJN2Qx.

Getting a commitment – Getting prospects to commit requires strategy. Sales expert and author Tom Searcy provides tips for achieving the big C. Read the article here: http://cbsn.ws/NuZXsj.

Building cultures that are beyond friendly – Culture specialist Chris Edmonds writes about the three elements that create thriving and healthy organizational cultures. Read the blog here: http://cbsn.ws/NuZXsj.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

Relationship Roundup

This week in the Roundup, how to identify and utilize top contacts, invest in yourself, use social media in business, connect through conversation, and build your community.

Relationship planning for success – If you’ve used myGreenlight’s Relationship Action Planning tools, the concept of the “Critical 100” will be very familiar. In this Harvard Business Review blog, authors Ram Charan and Daniel Casse offer the steps for identifying and utilizing the most important 100 people in your organization. Read the blog here: http://bit.ly/MIoTY6.

Investing in #1 – Often our focus on the relationships that sustain us and our goals can lead to neglecting ourselves. This Inc. Magazine article offers advice on carving out the time to invest in your own development. Read it here: http://bit.ly/OGQw3h.

B2B social media – Great tips from Social Media Today on the best uses of the medium for business. Read the article here: http://bit.ly/NxNm5Z.

Connecting with conversation – Every conversation we have is an opportunity to advance a new and important relationship, learn something new, and/or advance a goal. Learn more about how to get the most out of your conversation in this Entrepreneur Magazine article: http://bit.ly/OU0ApJ.

Building your community – As we build our personal and professional brands, we are also building our personal and professional communities. Read this WordofMouth.org blog on managing the fan, follower, and community member relationship here: http://bit.ly/Om3Pq2.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

The Kind of People You Want in Your Life

For the most part, the people that you surround yourself with are your choice. A recent Forbes article makes the argument that you should make those choices carefully and include certain types of people. Here’s the list:

  1. The instigator. This is the person you call when you want to get things done because they always say: “Let’s do it.”
  2. The cheerleader. Someone who gets you pumped up and believes in you no matter what, sort of like Donna Reed in It’s a Wonderful Life.
  3. The doubter. You always need someone to challenge you and make sure you’re really giving it your best shot.
  4. The taskmaster. The project manager type you need in your corner to make sure you’re not dropping any balls.
  5. The connector. As we always say at myGreenlight, it helps to have a great relationship with the kind of person who can connect you to the right people to make things happen.
  6. The example. This is usually your mentor, the person who has the experience and knowledge to help you get where you want to go, because they’ve already been there.

Do you agree with this list? What types would you add?

Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.