This week’s focus: Your ability to get anything done is directly related to the quality of your relationships with your colleagues, partners and other stakeholders. Wherever I see an example of slow progress, a failure to deliver a project or an unresolved problem, I also tend to observe poor quality relationships between the different players. Even if you have hierarchical superiority and can effectively tell someone to do something, the solution will be sub-par if the relationship isn’t also strong.

What actions can you take today to strengthen your relationships with your colleagues and your team?

Off The Record: Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own by U2

Tough, you think you’ve got the stuff

You’re telling me – and anyone – you’re hard enough

You don’t have to put up a fight

You don’t have to always be right

Let me take some of the punches for you tonight

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