|It’s tough to develop solid working relationships with people that you’ve never met. When knowledge-based work is done with co-workers around the world, you can start to become isolated and disconnected.If you already have developed a personal relationship with someone, then e-mail, telephone, and Skype are wonderful tools for keeping in touch over a long distance. It’s much tougher when you’re expected to work closely with someone that you only know as a distant voice or e-mail string.
Here’s some ideas you might want to work on:
The bottom line: When you’re working with someone over a period of weeks and months, invest a little extra in forming the relationship that comes from a deeper sensitivity to each other’s situation. It’s not just about getting the work done.
An important resource
I was looking over a great book the other day, John P. Kotter on What Leaders Really Do. I read this a few years ago, and was struck by how relevant to leaders in all situations. To give you an idea, here’s the table of contents:
If you’re charged with leadership in a formal or informal capacity, or looking to expand your skills in that direction, this book would be a great investment. It’s short and straightforward.
|Carl Dierschow is a Certified Small Fish Business Coach and author of the career management guide, Mondays Stink! 23 Secrets to Rediscover Delight and Fulfillment in Your Work. He is a career coach for those going through interesting transitions, and works with small business owners who need to create breakthroughs in achieving their business goals. Find out more at www.Dierschow.com and www.SmallFish.us.
If you are interested in individual career coaching, group coaching, or other resources which might help you with difficult choices, please contact Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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