The majority of our relationship-building activities, even when based on generosity, are driven by a desire to connect up – to meet people who have more influence, more connections, more experience. During the Social Capitalist interview with legendary networker Heidi Roizen, she shared some of the benefits of connecting down and being open to building relationships as a mentor.
“One of the things I do, and I recommend this to people on the other side of the food chain, people who’ve already built a big network but still want to be open, is to pay it forward. That means that I take an hour walk every day, and I populate that hour with a person. And in my book, they don’t have to have a lot of qualifications to be that person. So a lot of times, if someone approaches me and says, “I’m a student,” or, “I’m starting a company” – and admittedly I particularly focus on young women entrepreneurs – I’ll say to them, “Great, I’m willing to spend an hour with you if you’re willing to come to my house and walk with me and my dog.” Continue reading
This week in the Roundup, the focus is on behavioral traits that create the type of productive, deep, and meaningful relationships you want in your life. Take it all in, then take the steps to practice those behavioral traits that will get you where you envision yourself.
Perspectives on acts of kindness – Taking in a variety of perspectives makes learning richer. Learning to take in a variety of perspectives is a habit worth practicing. Even if you disagree with an opposing opinion, the opportunity to listen to, discuss, or read someone else’s point of view on a topics allows you to better understand the complexity of humans. Read this author’s experience with taking in others’ perspectives on kindness here http://cbsn.ws/JGvXBJ.
MISS perceptions – Without a willingness to practice empathy and an awareness that perception is dictating our reality, we misperceive the actions of others all the time. You know what they say about assumptions. This Linked 2 Leadership blog sheds a deeper light on the natural tendency to judge and how to develop behaviors that create more teamwork in the tribe. Read it here http://bit.ly/IV8JxL.
Influence with integrity – Integrity can be difficult to maintain when met with opposition and maintaining it can require making some decisions not in your immediate favor. However, from the outside looking in, a lack of integrity can speak volumes about your leadership ability.This SmartBrief blogger shares their view on how leadership can die on the vine when behaviors that lack integrity are displayed and how to keep your integrity in tact in tough situations. Read it here http://bit.ly/Jd2905.
Transferring culture – There is a lot that can be learned from brands with strong cultures that have a lot to share about replicating their brand experience in ways that resonate with employees and consumers. Big Think’s latest episode on leadership featuring Whole Foods CEO John Mackey provides some lessons on culture transference. Read and watch it here http://bit.ly/ILxKdw.
Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.
This week in the Relationship Roundup different perspectives on why relationships matter.
Corporate training goes mobile – Smart phones and tablets provide companies with learning sustainability. Read more here http://read.bi/s6Dx3p.
A lesson in presence from former NBA player Charles Barkley - Kevin Eickenberry shares what he learned about influence and being present when interacting with others by observing sports commentator Charles Barkley in a local restaurant. Read the article http://bit.ly/v1X9yL.
Humans vs. the Machine – Always happy to showcase the importance and irreplaceable aspects of the human touch. Read the Wall Street Journal article here http://on.wsj.com/tcf3zQ.
Get on the priority list – Asking good questions and giving sincere compliments can put you on the radar of people who prioritize others by revenue potential. This can provide an opening to build trust and get on the radar that you’ve been waiting for. Read the article on CBS MoneyWatch here http://bit.ly/rY37Xp.
Tips for Challenging Relationships – If you’re seeking a promotion or have been recently promoted, you may experience some changes in your work relationships for the worst. This HBR Blog shares how the process of re-contracting and then restructuring can improve the odds of success. Read more here http://bit.ly/w4v3rY.
Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Manager.