Enlignment specializes in leadership development, systems thinking and organizational change based on resilient relationships, clear communication and integrity. The Enlignment Blog will explore the power of relationship to produce sustainable results that ensure satisfaction, profitability and contribution to the greater good.
These questions and many others will be the focus of our exploration:
- How do you create satisfying relationships?
- What are the keys to a successful working relationship, whether personal or business?
- How do you achieve a consistent balance between task accomplishment and relatedness in your business?
The Context for Creating Satisfying Relationships
Everything that occurs in life occurs within the context of relationship. Our interconnectedness is expanding by degrees every day, whether in our personal communications or in global business transactions.
Everything that works in life works because of our relationships. We depend on our relationships to nourish and sustain us through times both good and bad.
Everything we learn in life we learn through relationship. When we discover our ability to create successful relationships, we experience relationship as a gift to ourselves and others.
Relationship is the ground upon which we stand – at home, at work and in the world. According to Vietnamese Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, “We Inter-Be.” Even though the truth is that we are all interconnected, experiencing connection consistently takes practice. In order to have satisfying relationships, each of us must learn what it takes to make our relationships work. Recognizing this, we can master being in right relationship with others in the moment and over time, whether an intimate partner, a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a member of our community, a business colleague, or a stranger.
As we begin this conversation, we invite you to consider the following questions.
- What do you most cherish or appreciate about your current relationships?
- What do you find most challenging and difficult?
- Where do you want or need to be more fully engaged?
- What opportunities for learning and practice do you see?
Take a few moments to consider one action you could take today to increase your satisfaction in your current relationships. Once you’ve taken the action, share your results with your partner or a friend.
“In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles, and positions.”