Posts Tagged ‘relationships’

Trust

When I facilitate programs for leadership development, one of the topics we discuss in depth is trust.  The reason we talk about trust is that it is almost impossible to have a discussion about what makes a good leader without using the word “trust.”  To be a good leader you must be “trustworthy.”  You must have credibility with your followers and be someone whose word is always good.

So what exactly is trust?  Let’s start by thinking of 3 people whom you would trust with your life.  In other words identify some person or entity (think organization, agency, company) that you would trust to make life-altering or even life-ending decisions for you.  Have you thought of three?

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IT’s Relationships

Over many years of consulting primarily for IT organizations I have noticed a pattern into which most IT groups fall.  They have poor or even contentious relationships – with internal customers, vendors, and sometimes even between groups within IT.

And most IT people will say, “So?  What we are supposed to do is technical stuff, relationships shouldn’t matter.”

Maybe relationships shouldn’t matter, but they do.  Unfortunately, I have seen superb technical organizations which are perceived by their internal customers as incompetent.  They are doing all of the right “technical stuff” — they have 99.99% system availability, clean databases, virus-free LANs, capable help-desks and a responsive network — but they are still perceived as incompetent because they have failed to build and maintain good relationships.

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Recruiting and Relationship Building

Most employers and hiring officials spend a good portion of their time and resources in the hiring process.  The time invested and costs of sourcing top candidates for key positions are significant.  Companies and managers go to great lengths to try to entice the best professionals to come on board their organization, instead of the competition.  Oftentimes, candidates are flown in, wined and dined and offered a multitude of other perks, just to draw them in.

 

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Am I in the Right Job?

There are tons of self-help books and tests to determine which career you are most suited for.  Personally, I still like “What Color Is Your Parachute,” which has been a New York Times bestseller each time it has been updated and revised.  There is also a pretty cool quiz you can take:  http://quiz.ivillage.co.uk/uk_work/tests/career.htm

 

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Downsized? Do’s and Don’ts

Being “downsized” and facing the prospect of unemployment can be both a personal and a professional strain. It is important to stay positive and focused.  Keep 9am-4pm hours on weekdays, working on structured tasks that are aimed toward getting a job.  Then, relax and have fun in the evenings and on weekends!

 

Do’s and Don’ts to finding a technical job:

 

Don’t spend time on job sites; it will only lead to frustration.  Today it’s highly unlikely that an employer will hire someone they don’t already know, or someone that is not represented by a reputable recruiting firm with existing relationships and success within their organization.

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