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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Strategy Three: Declare Your Interdependence & Cooperation: Your Independence is a Direct Result

Beyond Networking: Being with Ron Sukenick

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In Part Two, we emphasized the importance of seeing self as interdependent; we have always and we will always need each other to be successful. We see how our interdependence strengthens the ability to be independent. Interdependence ultimately results in liberation: the ability to be self sufficient, and to contribute to the world. We now provide questions to help you assess how your interdependence and cooperation play out in various relationships. As you read the following questions, think about a relationship with which you are currently struggling.

  1. Trust: Do I trust you and do you trust me to follow through? Do I trust that you will tell me when you are unable to help me? Do I trust hat you will keep confidential concerns to yourself? Do I trust you to tell me when things aren’t working? Do I trust that you will work through learning curves with me?
  2. Mutual Vulnerability: Do I feel safe to share struggles, concerns, misgivings, with you? Do I feel safe that we can work through the tough times or go our separate ways without incrimination? Are you willing to be vulnerable with me—sharing your struggles, concerns, misgivings with me.
  3. Mutuality: Do I see mutuality in our relationship? Do I see how I can help you and you can help me? Do I see that we can positively impact each other through shared learning, through sharing contacts, through providing services to one another, through friendship and/or support?
  4. Respect: Do I respect you and feel respected by you? Do we show consideration for each other beyond the work that we are doing together? Is there positive regard between us?
  5. Balance: Do I feel a balance in our relationship? Do we both initiate contact with one another? Are we are both contributing to the success of the project or relationship?
  6. Acceptance: Do I feel acceptance and ongoing learning in our interaction? Do we look at how we can continuously improve our process of interaction? Do we discuss and dimension unfulfilled expectations? Do we pay attention to past as helpful information in going forward?
  7. Partnership: Do I feel partnership in the relationship? Do we share information with each other that impacts our partnership?

Do you see anything as missing from this compilation? The important element here is to constantly look at what might be needed to strengthen and continuously improve the relationship. It is important to ask yourself what might be missing that keeps you from success in the relationship.

As you reflect on this strategy, what action steps will you immediately take? Add these steps to your calendar right now


Ron Sukenick is the Chief Relationship Officer and founder of the Relationship Strategies Institute, a training and Relationship development company that provides innovative, effective and relevant programs and systems for corporations, organizations, and associations. To learn more about the value of Relationship Development, visit his Web site at . You can reach Ron by phone at: 317-216-8210, or by email.

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