Great businesses are built on the importance of creating better business relationships. Between employees and bosses, between coworkers, and between clients, companies thrive when the importance of relationships is realized. This is why I absolutely despise the saying, “it’s not personal, it’s business.” Business is always personal if you want to be successful, because people are important. At the end of our lives, we will look back and weigh our impact based on the amount of lives we impacted while here on this earth. This is why we need to focus on the importance of relationships, not only in our personal lives but in our business relationships, as well.Business is always personal if you want to be successful, because people are important. Click To Tweet
So, to help you begin thinking about different ways that you can implement this principle in your own business, here are three ways to create better business relationships, right now:
First, constantly look for ways to make a positive impact on everyone you come in contact with.
I don’t care if the people you are dealing with have nothing to do with your success directly, all people matter. I have found that when I am looking for opportunities to pour into the lives of other people, it is a habit that eventually becomes second nature. This is what we want here; we want to turn our persistent intentionality into consistent habits. When we turn as many good things into habits as we can, we will produce more good than bad. It can begin with something as small as paying one person a compliment every day, but wherever you begin, make it count.
Second, do all you can to keep communication flowing.
It’s easy for most people to get into a daily routine that keeps them isolated in a cubicle or office for most of the day. When focus takes over, it’s easy for most to lose track of time and forget about the importance of engaging with those around them. This is why we must move out of our comfort zones and be intentional with our business relationships. Take some time out of your day to see familiar and new faces, because being the first to say “hello” is the best way to build better business relationships. Stop waiting for other people to reach out, and begin making a difference on purpose.
And third, be fully present.
How many times have you been in a meeting where people are texting on their phones underneath the table? How many meetings have you been in where people are whispering to each other? How many times have you been in a meeting where you can see that people are daydreaming about anything and everything else besides being in that meeting? Being fully present fixes all of these things.
We must strive to be fully present in our conversations and our meetings, because it shows people that we care. You can say you care about others all you want to, but until you are showing that you’re present with your actions, the message is that your mind is elsewhere. Not to mention that so many people are unhappy because they wish they were anywhere else than where they currently are, we must get back to this place of happiness with where we are in life. Be present, be happy, and create better business relationships because of it.