Came across this interesting article in the New York Times where Tara Parker-Pope writes about Relationship deal breakers. I liked the concept of “must haves” and “can’t stands”. They make so much sense. If you know what you want and likewise what you don’t, you have a far better chance of making a successful relationship. Continue reading
One skill that is essential for upwardly mobile executives is their ability to manager the boss. I know you are pretty good at managing your team members but what about managing your boss? Many are not strong when it comes to this area. They are either too meek and obliging ( never saying “No” even when circumstances warrant it) or they are mentally not prepared to visualize such a relationship in which they have to manage the boss. After all, they argue, he/she is the boss and how can I think of managing them?
In a recent post, I wrote about the powerful role played by a mother in influencing her family and her children in particular. It was therefore with considerable interest that I read a recent article in the New York Times by Thomas L. Friedman called ” Call Your Mother”.
I was quite touched by the article. It underscored the following points to me:
- Make time for the relationships you value. When we are too “busy” we tend to lose sight of these and give them less priority then they deserve
- Taking things for granted makes us value people and things around us much less than we ought to. Often we miss them the most only when they are not around.
- The influence we have on our children can never be underestimated. This influence may be positive or negative but influence them, we do.
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This is the 164 th of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success
I would like to share my experience in LinkedIn. It is a networking site for professionals which has as of November 2007 more than 16 million registered users, spanning 150 industries and more than 400 economic regions (as classified by the service).
I first joined LinkedIn in January 2005. I must confess that a paucity of time and other priorities came in the way of my making the best of this network. Recently I decided to connect with old colleagues, friends and business associates who were already in LinkedIn – all of whom I have worked with, in the course of my career as a corporate executive and for the last 7 years as an independent management consultant.
I am pleased with the results. My contacts have grown to over 210 across a wide spectrum of industry and geography. This explains the link to LinkedIn in this blog.
As of now, I have 212 trusted friends and colleagues. For the statistically inclined let me say that they link to 23, 900 others who in turn link to 1,550, 300 + users. Not that I will -but the total users I can contact through an introduction is 1,574,400 +.
If you have not got onto LinkedIn, you might like to join. Use it responsibly to get the best out of all that it offers.
As is well said “Relationships Matter”.