The strength of your relationships is critical to your professional success. My coaching clients find value in Relationship Maps, a tool to help them cultivate and enhance important relationships. The Relationship Map serves as a dynamic visual representation to assess relationship gaps.
You can create your map by placing your name in a box in the middle of a blank sheet of paper. Add boxes around yours and label them with the names of people, companies, customers, vendors, associations, etc. that that are important to your success. These could be people or entities that you do not know yet but should be part of your circle of influence. Draw straight line links between yourself and the person/entity to represent your relationship with them.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I need to do to start relationships that are important but not yet in place?
- What do I need to do to strengthen existing relationships?
- Are expectations clear between us?
- How will I benefit from them and how will they benefit from me?
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