Helpful collection of tips for building and sustaining relationships, especially for small businesses, extracted as:
Build Relations Objectively – build relations from your heart & maintain relations with your brain.
Spend Time to Build Successful Relations
Don’t Always Talk Business
Walk That Extra Mile to Make Things Work
Credit Others for Their Contributions – Word of Mouth marketing is still the most effective. Look at how many corporate promotions happen just because the supervisor heard good things about their subordinates. Giving credit to co-workers & colloagues for their help make you a trust worthy colleague & people will not hesitate to help you in your success.
Handling Conflicts Objectively – conflicts are common in any relations. While you cannot avoid them, conflicts also show the strength & maturity of any business relations. The best way to handle conflict is to criticize the action & sympathize the person. Again, go beyond the normal to help someone resolve conflicts.
Constantly Be in Contact – “Out of Sight is Out of Mind” is so true. While you try to build more & more contacts, be sure that you maintain constant contact with the key relations.
Be Transparent & Upfront – It only means that you share information & facts in a way that people understand your statements & ideas objectively & understands your point of view without taking them personally.
Independently it might also be helpful to review relationships on an occasional basis using a simple social network approach. This is very helpful for developing an understanding of the bigger picture.