The Nature of Your Relationships
When you think of the people around you, particularly at work, think of the level of those relationships. Not all are similarly developed, are they? Some people you have rapport with, some people you’re just getting to know, and some relationships fall in the middle.
Make a list of your key relationships and then determine where they fall on a continuum, from solid rapport to recently introduced.
As you interact with people, you have to remember that relationships are also subject to the situations and circumstances of the moment. How well you handle them together—the nature of the relationship and the current circumstances—determines how well they will progress, or stall.
For example, a key relationship ...