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It’s been said that no man (or woman) is an island. This is especially true in the workplace.
Business is about people. Anyone in any position in the workforce has to interact with people at some level. The relationships we build-–or fail to build—can follow us for a lifetime. They can help us grow and achieve great things, or they can hold us back.
This plays out in a lot of different ways:
The people with whom you develop strong relationships can be incredible advocates for your career. They can provide you with support and wisdom, give you access to new opportunities, and help you get where you want to be.
Conversely, the people with whom you struggle can be a real thorn in the side of your career. They can hold you back and damage your reputation with others. They can prevent you from leveraging new opportunities and make it harder for you to perform at your best.
I’ve seen bad relationships haunt people for years, just as I’ve seen good relationships yield tremendous return.
There’s just no denying that relationships have real career consequences. They can be your greatest asset or your most draining liability.[Read more…] about Career Success A to Z: R is for Relationships