Relating with people. A first principle for success.
Meaningful experiences in life and with your work are mostly about your ability to form and evolve meaningful relationships with others. As you know, relationships are very complex, often changing and generally challenging.
The pull to work around or avoid the complexity and challenge of forming relations is strong. Believing that you can do it alone without relationships or expecting others to “deal with it” is a fallacy.
So you want to lead an organization? You’ll need to relate with people. You’re ideas, formula’s, structures, strategies and tactics are meaningless without relating with people.
So as a business owner you have a product to offer? It’s not a business until you create a customer. So here again, you’ll need to relate with people.
The world goes round through relationships.
The next time you find yourself avoiding the challenge of relating with people, remember one of the many wonders of reality: you will not get far without others.
“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.” — Margaret Wheatley —