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Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture by Jon Gordon

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Chapter 30. Soup Is Meant to Be Enjoyed Together

"Treating people like family and developing relationships isn't so easy to put into practice," Nancy said, thinking about her own schedule and the demands on her work and personal life. "I can't even seem to find the time to have a relationship with my own husband and kids, never mind relationships at work."

"Developing relationships sure isn't easy," Grandma said. "Relationships take time. They take effort and commitment. And I have to be honest. I'm afraid in today's world that we're so busy with work, career, to-do lists, technology, multitasking, and projects that we are forgetting the importance of relationships. We spend more time talking online to people we don't know than to our own neighbors. We live in our homes as strangers, not taking the time to develop a relationship with our kids. And our kids are too busy online and on their phones to talk to their parents. They are living distracted lives, staring at their text messages rather than looking at the people in front of them. And at work we're so busy trying to create success that we forget to develop the relationships necessary to create success."

Grandma was on a roll: "We need to get back to basics and remember that it is the relationship that is the ingredient and foundation for great families, great teams, and great organizations. Humans were made for relationships, and soup is meant to be enjoyed together. We must invest in each other and in building relationships. ...

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