6 Tips for Building Strong Relationships for Career Success

Strong, mutually beneficial relationships are an important key to life and career success.  If you want to create the career success you want and deserve you need to become good at relationship building.  Tweet123 in my career advice book Success Tweets says, “Use every social interaction to build and strengthen relationships.  Strong relationships are your ticket to career success.”

Making regular deposits into the emotional bank accounts you have with those around you is a great way to begin building relationships.  I first became aware of the concept of an emotional bank account about 20 years ago when I read Stephen Covey’s great book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Successful people make regular deposits to the emotional bank accounts they have with all of the people in their lives.

There are six ways you can make deposits to the emotional bank accounts you have with people around you.  These six tips will help you create your career success.

1) Make a sincere effort to understand other people.  Figure out what’s important to all of the key people in your life.  Make what’s important to them, important to you. 

2) Pay attention to the little things; because little things are big things in relationships.

3) Keep your commitments.  Every time you do what you say you’ll do, you’ll make an emotional bank account deposit.  Every time you fail to keep your word, you’ll make a withdrawal.

4) Be clear on what you want and expect from others.  When you’re clear on what you want, it makes it easier for others to give it to you.  When you take the time to gain clarity on what others want, it’s easier for you to keep your commitments.

5) Be honest.  Make sure your words and actions are congruent.  Remember what Mark Twain has to say.  “Always tell the truth.  That way you don’t have to remember anything.”

6) Apologize when you make a withdrawal from one of your emotional bank accounts.  Often, a sincere apology will be enough of an emotional bank account deposit to offset the withdrawal you made.  However, this works only for the occasional withdrawal.  You can’t continually break your word or miss your commitments and think that an apology will keep your emotional bank accounts full.

The common sense career success coach point here is simple.  It you want to become a career success make regular deposits to the emotional bank accounts you have with all of the important people in your life.  Keep your balances high.  You don’t ever want to be overdrawn on the road to career success.

That’s my career advice on building strong relationships by keeping your emotional bank accounts full.  What do you think?  Please take a minute to share your thoughts on this career advice by leaving a comment.  As always, thanks for reading. 

Bud

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