Always Give Earned Credit
When a project or idea has been successfully rolled out and you’ve not benefitted in any way, give credit. Give the specific credit to those deserving and move on to other things. Becoming territorial, grudgemental and holding back future ideas will only leave you feeling unsatisfied. Learn and apply your future relationship lessons as future tools to surround yourself with strong networks.
Be An Introduction
Every day think of people you could potentially introduce. Those introductions would be intended as a way of providing each of them another resource to better themselves. You don’t have to be in the middle of the discussions or even the relationship. Let them benefit from their own mutual experiences and/or skill sets. You’ll receive benefits at a future time further down the road.
When you bring honesty to work, you gain credibility. Workplace credibility isn’t as common as we may assume. Rightly or wrongly, people make promises they just don’t or can’t support. If you work honesty into your value system, you’ll quickly experience how credibility will soar. Say what you mean and mean what you say and see how people begin to respect your frankness. All the payroll in the world can’t buy a respectable person’s belief, or disbelief, if your credibility.
Control Your Anger
In many global philosophies, anger is considered a form of dishonesty. Perfection isn’t a fair expectation of ourselves and neither is applying it to those around us. The next time you lose control of your anger make a note of it. Take notice of how it negatively impacts your environment and how relationship rebuilding becomes a newly added heavy burden to carry. Deal with the issues honestly and fairly. That’s where your relationships will blossom.
Don’t Lead a Double Life
If you want co-workers and associates to trust you then be consistent. The only opportunity you’ll have to share substantive information is when a mutual trust and respect is earned within a relationship. Invest and enjoy the rewards.
Knock Off the Gossip
Speak as if the subject will always hear what you are saying. Don’t lead a double life and get stuck in the mud with explanations about conversations and rumors.
Make Other People Look Good
Acknowledge even the smallest of accomplishments. Don’t be the person who refuses to give credit to others. We all know everyone wants acknowledgement for doing a good job and practicing strong effort. Trust that your efforts will be noticed by those around without throwing your shoulder out of socket patting yourself on the back. Your co-workers will appreciate it and you’ll sleep better at night.
Say It, Mean It
It’s an honorable goal to be the person that always keeps their word. Those small acts of respect will quickly set you apart from other people. If a timeline or commitment is missed, own it. Explain the scheduling error and focus on tightening your schedule to eliminate future occurrences.
Stop Using Excuses
It’s best to learn from our failures and use those experiences as foundations for success. Excuses can be easy lies to explain failures. Remember you aren’t perfect, systems/processes may fail and/or your human links may be just that – “human” at times. Openness about the issues is often the quickest solution in both the short and long terms.
Take the Blame
It’s often easy to avoid the experience of difficult conversations after you’ve made a mistake. That avoidance seems justified, right? Just a little? In truth, it undermines the trust of relationships. Building your reputation on trust is one of the most difficult, and time-consuming, projects of your career. If you make a mistake, own it.