Relationship Roundup

In the roundup this week, a few ideas to bolster your relationship building and personal brand presentation. Get apps to serve up recognition, learn to make the most out of your mistakes, read about the surge in co-shared office space, and master your body language.

Celebrate and reward – Whether engaging your team or fulfilling your commitment to uplift your network, recognition is essential. Read about several apps making virtual praise simple to execute in this Intuit blog: http://bit.ly/Smc8rZ.

There is fortune in fessing up – Rule #1. Mistakes will happen. It takes twice as much energy to try to cover up a mistake than it does to use the opportunity to exemplify authenticity and candor by admitting that it happened. Read how to let mistakes lead to improvement in this Entrepreneur article: http://bit.ly/NRBgGa.

Good timingHubspot‘s recent research on the timing of social media messages provides great tips for your online branding efforts. Read it here: http://bit.ly/QVeqeO.

Craving collaboration? – The rise in entrepreneurs and solo-preneurs has led to the opening of more co-shared office spaces generating a myriad of collaborative opportunities. Read this Harvard Business Review blog about this trend in office design here: http://bit.ly/OrR6Jp.

Master your silent language – The more we can learn to monitor and manage our body language, the more we can reduce the dissonance between our verbal and silent communication. A Harvard Business Review blogger offers tips here: http://bit.ly/UX0iVL.

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Be Honest About What You Want and You Just Might Get It

Sometimes the line from what you are doing right now to what you wish you were doing is not a straight one. During his Social Capitalist interview with Never Eat Alone co-author Tahl Raz, James Altucher shared a story about how, rather than attempting to map that path on the sly, coming clean about what you really want can be the best way to make it happen.

Everybody who works in a company should be thinking in this way that I’m describing. Sincere voices always rise to the top. And if they don’t, then that’s not the business for you to be in. When I worked at HBO, the television network, I was a junior programmer in the IT department. But what I really wanted to do was have a TV show. So first, I pitched to them special things I thought they should do on their website that I could do which sort of seemed like TV shows. And then I pitched directly to their television department: “Here’s an idea I would like to do for your television show.” Then they give me the opportunity to do it. They paid me to do a pilot. Continue reading