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Great working relationships are the driving force behind great teams. The most productive and influential groups of colleagues in business are where they are because of their positive working relationships. Great teams are made by combining complementary personalities, and balancing skill sets across different responsibilities, and providing them with the opportunity to connect and the tools to connect well. Here are 3 tips to help your teams build the types of working relationships that will help them (and you) achieve their best this quarter.

1) Build Trust

It’s important to understand how relationships can be damaged if you don’t own up to a mistake. Think about clients, your team, your supervisors. Trust is critical in the long-term success of your role, no matter what that role is. If your colleagues don’t trust you to do your job with integrity, there can be serious consequences. Whether because of your original mistake, you are now going to be late with a deadline, or will need to request additional resources or funding in order to accomplish your original task, these issues are best dealt with quickly and openly to avoid loss of reputation and the trust of your team.

2) Inclusion is More than a Buzzword

Diversity-of-thought, of skill, of background, and of personality is important in helping teams achieve their best. If everyone thought and acted the same way, we would never be able to address the challenges and seize the business opportunities of the modern world. But diverse groups can be challenging to work within and to manage. The key is to foster a culture of inclusion, where everyone has a voice and something important to say. To provide all with the chance to weigh in and make an impact. When inclusion is built into the culture of a company, teams are able to achieve more.

3) Communication Matters

Things can sometimes get tense at work when different ideas clash and personalities bump into each other. That’s normal, but the best way through these difficulties is to acknowledge them, address them openly, and to have the tough conversations. Feedback is a gift, from the top on down to the bottom of the corporate ladder. To recognize that the opportunity to learn from others is valuable will help you set the stage for positive relationships, authentic conversations, and meaningful results.

4) Keep it Professional

One of the biggest challenges that comes up in the professional world is when the boundaries of friendship and working relationships gets blurred. Sometimes personal issues come into the office and can impact collaboration, or even work products or services. At times like these, it’s best to remember to keep things professional. You don’t have to be everybody’s best friend at work, but maintaining that level of polite and open engagement with your coworkers will help you maintain positive working relationships with your current team and your network as a whole.

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