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Five Keys to Powerful Business Relationships: How to Become More Productive, Effective and Influential by Steve Vucelich, Joseph Sperry, Sallie Sherman

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KEY #2Learn by Walking in Another’s Shoes

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Bill Joe Shaver, a Texas country singer, wrote and recorded a ballad entitled, “I Couldn’t Be Me Without You.” At least one of the reasons the song is a classic is that the message is universal. Others can refine and complete us. They can bring out the best—or, sadly, the worst—in us. Although we might not have had such a relationship with another person, the broader message is that we cannot thrive in business or life without relating to others. Like it or not, we need one another to become fully human. In a very real sense, I couldn’t be me without you.

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