My friend and badass author, motivational speaker, IT manager, and business coach Trish Batson wrote a beautiful summary of how to establish and maintain unbreakable bonds, a united front that maximizes the powerful potential of partnerships. Her advice applies to personal and business bonds and I wanted to share her tips with you below. See her full article here.
How to Cultivate an Unbreakable Bond
- Always have a conversation first before taking it to the team. This is so that we are always a united front. We aren’t taking the team in different directions. Same page. One voice.
- Compromise on disagreements together, not in front of the team. The quickest way to lose respect from your team is to knock heads in front of them. You make them feel as if they need to choose sides. Instead, work out all those bumps and come to an agreement before approaching the team. It’s that simple.
- Make each other shine. Find opportunities to speak very highly of your partner. If there are areas that need improvement, work through them together, but not in front of the world. When speaking of each other to outside team members, stakeholders, business people, and the rest of the world, always be positive and united. This will instill trust that others have in us.
- Have each other’s back. Support each other. Always look for opportunities to go the extra mile to help each other win. There’s enough winning for us all.
- Lead together with integrity. Be honest with each other and try hard not to take feedback personally. Feedback is a gift. Honor each other with the gift of improvement. Admit when you’re wrong. Apologize. Listen to each other’s ideas. (See what I mean by unbreakable bond?)
- Lead together with empowerment. Trust the team to make good decisions. Our goal is not to tell them what to do but to encourage them to do the right thing. Our role as partners is to mature the team and create critical thinkers, not order takers.
- Have fun! Together, we focus on lifting up the team, recognizing extraordinary effort, and just saying “Thank you.” We celebrate team accomplishments and reward them for their success. Cookies? Why yes, that’s exactly what I mean. Surprise them with Tiff’s Treats. Nothing says thank you like a warm cookie in your hand.
Learn more strategies on rising up in the work place with Trish’s book, “This Can’t Be It: Elevate on a Job Where You Feel Left Behind,” available in eBook format now and paperback June 19th in honor of Juneteenth.