Friday Check up:
A quick reminder of the challenge: Find one person a day to make a connection beyond work with.
Leadership comes down to knowing the people you work with. The daily negotiations can either be dreaded confrontations, or casual conversations where problems are solved. This is completely up to you! The connections you make right now will have immediate effects on the possible conflicts of the future. A note of caution though, you actually have to care. Don’t make a connection just to get something you want. Make a connection to show that you care about the person you are working with.
A few further tips on connections. Benjamin Franklin was a strong believer in favors, doing favor for others is vital! However, don’t be reluctant to ask favors of those you interact with. Make them simple, easy tasks. Borrowing a book of theirs, asking them to check up on a patient, something that you wouldn’t mind doing yourself. When you extend confidence to them that you trust them to help you, it helps them to feel included and important. Remember, this needs to be sincere, respectful, and necessary! They will feel useful to you, and once again, when they feel appreciated they will come to respect you as a leader. Keep up this pattern of making connections. It will be the key to dissolving potential conflicts in your day-to-day leadership.
Beyond Reason, the capstone book of Roger Fisher’s amazing career in conflict resolution, is the source of the information in this blog-post.