This week’s focus: Your ability to get anything meaningful done is directly proportional to the magnitude and excellence of your relationships.

As I write this week’s post the Greek government is in turmoil, and the Eurozone is in crisis. The root of the chaos is economic, but this week’s events have been created by poor relationships. In the burning crucible of economic decline, the Greek PM, Mr Papendreou, has simply been unable to develop strong enough relationships with his cabinet, his party, his people or other European leaders to lead the proposed, but painful changes effectively.

It’s the same in business. When you use your position of power to tell people what they must do, you will only, at best, get compliance and lip service. Sustainable change only happens where there is genuine commitment, and commitment is built on the shoulders of high quality relationships.

Where are you building the high quality relationships necessary to deliver rapid, sustainable performance improvement?

Off the record: You’ve Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman

When the road looks rough ahead

And you’re miles and miles from your big warm bed

Just remember what your old pal said

Boy, you’ve got a friend in me!

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