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Collegial not confrontational is like honey not lemons!

What’s your approach dealing and interacting with people? Do you find people warm up to you right away or does it take a while? Do you think these first two questions may have a direct link? 

Well Sherlock, this ain’t rocket science. Once again common sense and its appropriate application have very positive results. Some things never change. 

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If you are committed and invested in the relationship it will be a win-win for both parties involved.

So what? What’s the big deal about mentoring and what’s the value for the two people involved?

You both get to share your ideas and thoughts.

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Here is the good news and the bad news, working in a business environment is simple and working in a business environment is complex and difficult.

The business environment is all about graphs and charts, budgets and spreadsheets. There are rules, guides, methodologies and templates to use and follow available everywhere these days for all aspects of any business.

Generally speaking these tools usually help focus the work in the business environment and produce consistent, expected, productive results.

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Information is abundant and readily available these days. In fact there seems to be so much that I can’t keep up with it, at least everything I want to read or use sometime.

This is the information age and I don’t know about you, but my brain gets filled up fairly quickly.  So I keep saving links to that information, or saving documents, or saving some information about how I can retrieve that information when I need it or get a chance to read it or use it.

I have accounts with the regular information culprits, e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, (there are others) plus email, blogs, digital and print media, and find myself trying to keep on top of the ever increasing information without really understanding the enormity of what I am actually trying to do here.

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Posted by on in Communication

My last entry (read here) seems to have created a little bit of controversy, and I have received feedback from a couple of consultants about my ideas on how consultants should view workplace relationships.

I have been back and forth with each person that responded but I had one question that I thought I might address here.  As per the individual’s request, their identity will remain anonymous.

Here is one of the replies I received:

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Posted by on in Communication

Communication is easy. You listen and then respond right?

That’s the basic premise of good communications, but it is the single most important thing missing in the majority of projects and the business community in general.

If it is so simple why is it missing so often?

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Posted by on in Communication

If you ever get the chance, find a mentor and be a mentor!

Take advice from any source. You don’t have to use all or any of it, but take it and thank them for it. You never know when the real nuggets are offered to you.

Try and find someone at work you like, who has experience and is willing to share their expertise and experiences and ask them to be your mentor.  It doesn't have to be a formal situation. It can be very informal and happen only when both parties are available and have some time.

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Have you ever wondered why your boss took credit for your efforts or great ideas?

Somehow that does not instill the most appropriate focus and dedication in his/her staff.  Maybe it’s a little short sighted?

Credit is simply an overt pat on the back for doing something well. Sometimes the credit is deserved and sometimes it is not or simply misdirected.

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Posted by on in Communication

Is this important and why would it matter?

The way you treat people and I mean everyone here, says a lot about you and your character.  It is easier to treat everyone the same because you won’t have to remember 2 or 3 different versions of you!

And treating people differently is hard to do because it’s difficult to remember if someone is important (?) or not.  This is sarcasm.

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When was the last time you said thank you?

Do you always say thank you whenever someone does something for you? Even when it’s something minor, like holding the door open for you?

Why is it such a big deal to some folks and not so much to others?

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