What kinds of experiences help to build a solid relationship? How much time and how many experiences must be shared in order to get closer to another? Can the depth of a relationship be measured only by hours spent or rather by the intensity of the experiences that were shared? At what point in a relationship can you safely say that someone is your good friend or trusted colleague?
In business as in life, there are no hard and fast rules that can determine when you’ve reached that magical point of a good friend or trusted colleague. However, there are a few time-honoured things you can do:
1. Be honest.
2. Do what you say you’ll do.
3. Commit whole heartedly to your appointments.
4. If you don’t think you’ll be able to make a previous commitment then let the other party know as soon as you know.
5. Far better to under promise and over deliver than the other way around.
6. If a relationship turns sour, don’t let it be because of you.
7. A deal is a deal for better or worse. Don’t be one of those that starts trying to change the terms of an arrangement just because things have turned against you. Own up to your promises and stick to them. People will know and respect you for it.
8. Be nice and play fair because in the end and we will all face an end you’ll be proud of your ethical, upstanding behaviour in the face of adversity.
Lastly and most importantly, keep your relationships alive and well by staying in touch as often as you can.
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