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Power Relationships: 26 Irrefutable Laws for Building Extraordinary Relationships by Jerold Panas, Andrew Sobel

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Applying the Laws

Overcoming 16 Common Relationship Challenges

You've read about the 26 Laws of Relationships. Through the stories in each chapter, you've seen how they work. Now, you need to apply them to every aspect of your life.

The first thing you should do is download the free Power Relationships workbook we have created to help you create a personal relationship-building action plan. Go to andrewsobel.com or panaslinzy.com to get it immediately.

Then, read through this section. We've listed 16 common relationship challenges that people face. Most of these are professional challenges—for example, building more relationships with senior executives—but some pertain to friends and family. For each challenge, we list several of the Laws that are especially applicable. Then, we describe a series of steps that will help you meet that particular challenge.

Let's first review the 26 Relationship Laws:

1. Power relationships are based on great conversations, not one person showing the other how much they know.
2. Be unafraid to ask.
3. Follow the person, not the position.
4. The greatest gift is to believe in someone.
5. Know the other person's agenda and help them accomplish it.
6. Stretch yourself by building relationships with people quite different than you.
7. Serious engagement needs a relationship.
8. Integrity isn't important—it's everything.
9. Walk in the other person's shoes.
10. Don't be put off by an awkward start—find something personal that connects you and you may ...

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