No one succeeds alone!
The success of your business depends on the quality and strength of your relationships starting with the relationship you have with yourself.
Building strong and profitable relationships is one of your critical responsibilities as a business owner. Doing it consistently well can be the difference between success and failure. The good news is, the time and energy you spend pursuing relationship excellence is rewarded many times over.
When it comes to relationships, your focus needs to be on removing all barriers to success. From there, it’s simply a matter of knowing and adhering to certain best practices with respect to building strong customer, supplier and community relationships and networks. Building trust, promoting engagement, and participating in strategic partnerships and joint ventures require consistently applying the principles of professional ethics and honesty in all your business dealings with others.
Finding partners and suppliers who share your high standards with respect to professional excellence, ethics and honesty is going to be your greatest challenge. (That’s simply a fact; I wish it wasn’t so.) You’ll need to learn what to watch for and how to protect yourself.
Your reputation is only as good as your weakest link.
Reputation is your most valuable asset. You want to choose business partners carefully and eliminate those who don’t meet your requirements, no matter how good the deal looks on paper.
POWER TIP: Mindset is everything. Before you can attract and interact with others effectively in any capacity, you must intimately know yourself. Don’t waste time on weaknesses; concentrate on identifying and focusing on your strengths. Release the chains of perfectionism and give yourself permission to succeed.
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In the interim, here are some posts on this topic that may interest you: