As Reid Hoffman, Chairman of LinkedIn said in his post, Relationships Matter: I to the We, “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team…. People are the source of key resources, opportunities, information, and the like… “I” vs. “We” is a false choice. It’s both. Your career success depends on both your individual capabilities and your network’s ability to magnify them.” Strangely, for many of us, we were taught the opposite. We learned management practices that told us to “not get too personal” and “not let down our guard” at work. Wow, did we have it wrong. Relationships impact employee engagement and employee engagement impacts productivity. Human Capital Institute’s 2011 Study called “Connecting the Dots” revealed that interpersonal relationships were the #1 most effective means of impacting employee engagement, above even compensation, pay and benefits. Co-worker relationships/support came first followed by the relationship with the manager/supervisor. Times have changed. Relationships drive success. Think about it. We are in the middle of an evolution – an evolution of connectedness. Just as cloud computing brought us new and better ways to collaborate and communicate through services (think Google, LinkedIn, Twitter), so have we embraced a cloud culture, a culture of connectedness that thrives on more openness, collaboration and transparency and demands it from our leaders and organizations. And, in reality, the speed and complexity of business demands relationship skills for success.
How can you get closer to your people? How can you foster stronger relationships within the team?