What is one connection in business or life you can think of that is among the most important? Go ahead, I’ll give you a few seconds to think…
Okay, time’s up! So what did you think of? Did you say relationships? If not, that is totally fine but I would ask you to take a step back and really think about how your relationships with the people around you, at work and outside of work affect your daily life decisions and actions.
We can all agree that a friendship is powerful connection. It’s a connection that we form as humans that gives a purposeful meaning to our lives. The caring we give to each other is often what motivates us to make change or go for that opportunity we normally would not take on our own but we do it because we don’t fear failure when we have support. And that my friends, is how you create a culture founded on trust and endearing relationship.
We can change our current beliefs from our past experiences to have a fresher look on life, to build the sense of community. We have the ability to bring this new outlook on life to form stronger business cultures, relationships, alliances and communities, in which people will begin to commit themselves to working towards the end goal of building each other up, regardless of the diverse cultures and backgrounds. Creating this change takes a leader but the good news is, there is a leader within all of us, we just need to turn up the volume. As we begin to bring out this new voice and strengthen those around us with our endearment, we will begin to see a paradigm shift in our groups, networks and coalitions who are compassionate about each other's struggles, and are willing to lend a hand, because together, we can create a culture that cares.
Whatever type of relationship it is, we must understand how powerful they are. Our one-to-one connections with each other are the foundation for change; good and bad. And building relationships with people in your organization and neighborhoods is key in building powerful networking groups (not MLM groups).
Whether you want to promote your business, make sure your children get a good education, bring quality health care into your communities, or simply create a better culture around you there is a good chance you will need to work with people that have different ethics than yourself but when you use the mindset “we are all in this together”, finding the right people becomes easier. And in order to work with people from different cultural groups effectively, you will need to build sturdy and caring relationships based on trust, understanding, and shared goals, even if that calls for adjustment in your current views. And isn’t that what it takes to build a winning culture? In a simple definition, culture, refers to a group or community with which we share common experiences and views that shape the way we understand the world. That being said, when we are open to changing our own mind on how things are supposed to work and begin seeing it through other people’s perception, we get a clearer understanding of why things may not be working and we are then able to adjust more quickly.
Why is this necessary? Because trusting relationships are the glue that hold people together as they work on a common problem. As people work on challenging issues, they will have to hang in there together when things get hard and when things begin to feel discouraging. People will have to resist the efforts of those who use divide-and-conquer techniques--pitting one group against another. And sadly, we see that technique happen too often in our place of work but you can be the change by turning up the volume in your inner leader voice.
Each one of us can build relationships and friendships that provide us with the necessary strength to achieve personal, work or community goals. If each person builds a network of diverse and strong relationships, we can come together and solve problems that we have in common, within any culture we are in. The change starts with a voice that each of us have, it just takes turning the volume up at the right moment to be heard.