Part of my job as a business coach and consultant is detective work. A client presents me with a problem. It’s a lack of making sales problem. It’s a manufacturing problem. It’s a cash flow problem. We begin to talk about said problem. But after some probing and investigation I realize it’s not any of those things at all. Rather, it’s a relationship problem. I think we give our relationship problems many disguises either because we believe we must tolerate difficult business relationships or can avoid them altogether.
Here are Some of the Reasons Why we WOULDN’T Want to Improve a Business Relationship…
- Would rather be right instead of having a pleasant experience.
- Believe improving the relationship will take lots of our time, money, or require us to do something we don’t want to do.
- Don’t want to ruffle feathers. We think the little we get from that person is better than nothing.
- Want to use it as a topic for our conversations.
- Think improving a business relationship requires us to compromise or apologize.
- Want to keep busy with distractions instead of our company goals and dreams.
- Think we’ll have to be best friends with that person. Maybe even take them to lunch.
- Are stuck in people pleasing mode. We’ve all heard about the phrase, “the customer is always right.”
To find out more about improving our business relationships, see Vickie’s Champion’s next blog, Signs You Really Need to Improve a Business Relationship.