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Relationships: Are They Impacting Your Bottom-Line?

 

Excerpt taken from "Winning the Workplace Challenge”

©PREP for Individuals, Inc. 2008 All Rights Reserved

Other than understanding management techniques or team collaboration models, the study of relationships was probably not part of your school curriculum or your company orientation. Yet research has demonstrated that the ability to understand and manage emotions ultimately determines your potential to be successful in all areas of your life. More than formal education, professional expertise, technical abilities, and even your IQ, the skills associated with developing and maintaining healthy personal relationships are essential to experiencing a happy and fulfilling life, both in and outside of the workplace.


In other words, the overall quality of your life is ultimately determined by the success of your relationships. And the success of your relationships is determined by your Relationship Intelligence.


Put simply, Relationship Intelligence is your ability to understand and manage your own emotional world while simultaneously successfully interpreting the emotional world of others…and making relational choices accordingly. The days of thinking that emotions have no place in the work environment are over. Emotions are present everyday and in every relationship. Truly happy and successful people have learned that the skills needed for success are not those that allow a person to ignore their emotions or remain detached. Instead, they must learn the skills needed for emotional awareness, management and connection.


They must learn the art of Relationship Intelligence.


Renowned leadership expert Warren Bennis has stated that, "Good leaders make people feel that they are at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered, and that gives their work meaning.” Dr. Bennis is thought by many to be the "preeminent expert on the subject of leadership.” In one of his more poignant statements on the effect of leaders on their organization, Bennis uses the word "feel” three times in three sentences.


As you master relational skills, you become a rationally intelligent co-worker, boss as well as mother, father, spouse and friend – ultimately, everyone in your life will benefit…especially you.


The Center Innovation and Community Health offers relational intelligence training as an onsite program for corporate and nonprofit organizations. Call us today at 417-823-3469 for a free consultation, and get your organization started on the path to "Winning the Workplace Challenge!”