Theses posts offer guidance on how to build effective professional relationships.

Why emotional intelligence matters at work and how to work on it

Emotional intelligence (EQ), a term often banded about on LinkedIn and in articles. What is it? Why emotional intelligence matters at work: it is the ability to understand and control your own emotions and to deal with those of others. In a nutshell, it is about our human side – how we relate to other people. Many of the clients [...]

By |2021-04-07T13:18:55+00:00April 6th, 2021|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Why emotional intelligence matters at work and how to work on it

Relationship building skills make the difference to your business

Two things in life are certain – death and taxes. Another certainty is that in a service business, if your people don’t have good relationship building skills everything will suffer, resulting in poorer performance. It is easy to overlook the development of these skills in your people and focus only on what they know and how technically good they are.   [...]

By |2021-01-25T06:40:58+00:00January 25th, 2021|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Relationship building skills make the difference to your business

Why you need to be ‘career fit’ and how

It wouldn’t be the start of the year without talk of goals and resolutions. Many of these relate to our physical selves – diets, dry January, exercise plans…Potentially some people set some career goals but doing this as a one off with no supporting plan to reach them is unlikely to achieve anything, much like the physical fitness goals. You can read the [...]

By |2021-02-10T13:51:42+00:00January 14th, 2021|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Why you need to be ‘career fit’ and how

Play your career trump card – increased visibility even while remote working

We’re all busy; it’s hard to find enough hours in the day to get the things we need to done. It’s easy for weeks, if not months to pass without giving thought to what we need to focus on career wise. However, like most things in life, continuously managing your career is essential. A core part of active career management is [...]

By |2021-02-01T20:49:51+00:00December 14th, 2020|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Play your career trump card – increased visibility even while remote working

Your team needs to be good at building and growing strategic relationships

Strategic relationships – how much thought do you give them as a business? Your team needs to be good at building and growing strategic relationships for your business to grow and flourish, particularly in Professional & Financial Services, where success is very much based on your people. Furthermore, as we’ve all had to shift towards more virtual working, building and [...]

By |2020-09-01T18:43:43+00:00September 1st, 2020|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Your team needs to be good at building and growing strategic relationships

Negative professional relationships: when to work on them and how to start

We’re all different. That leads to differences with those in our professional life – with some more than others. While some of these challenges may be occasional, others may be chronic and the ability to navigate them is important. Therefore, being able to manage conflict well is important as avoiding it long-term is not a good option. There are some disagreements [...]

By |2020-06-16T16:39:36+00:00June 16th, 2020|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Negative professional relationships: when to work on them and how to start

Professional relationships – why they matter right now and what to focus on

Currently, we’re all adjusting to a new (hopefully temporary) normal and figuring out what we should and shouldn’t be focusing on in this ‘normal’. Therefore, it was interesting to hear a marketing expert I know say how during the last two recessions people put their heads down and shied away from staying in touch with clients and potential clients; they took [...]

By |2020-05-13T16:48:43+00:00May 13th, 2020|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Professional relationships – why they matter right now and what to focus on

Professional Relationships when you can’t meet in person

At these challenging times, maintaining and building your professional relationships is more important that ever. You have to think differently though about how to approach it, especially as the natural, more informal ways we come across people are not currently possible and every interaction needs to be more intentional. This article summarises the key points from my short video series [...]

By |2020-04-02T15:08:06+00:00April 2nd, 2020|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Professional Relationships when you can’t meet in person

Fierce Conversation Principles Part 2

If you read my previous article (if you haven’t you can here)  I discussed the initial 4 principles of Susan Scott’s book ‘Fierce Conversations’. This week I want to look at the final 3 principles that support powerful, impactful and transformative conversations, so you can complete your thinking about what these conversations mean in reality and importantly how you can have [...]

By |2018-08-08T07:32:28+00:00January 29th, 2018|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Fierce Conversation Principles Part 2

Fierce Conversation Principles Part 1

‘Fierce Conversations’, what does that phrase mean to you? It doesn’t mean aggressive, cruel or threatening, that’s for sure according to Susan Scott. If you read my previous articles about her book that carries this title, you’ll remember she shares some principles of having powerful conversations that in her words enrich relationships. As she also says, “The conversation is the relationship”. [...]

By |2018-08-08T07:32:28+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Fierce Conversation Principles Part 1
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