Build powerful relationships at work

5 Ways To Build Powerful Relationships At Work

We are all social creatures.

That means building relationships at work is key to success, no matter what industry you’re in.

In fact, science has shown that the most successful people are those who use the power of networking and business relationships to achieve their career goals.

In The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success, Albert-Laszlo Barabasi states talent and hard work are not what drives performance. You can be very talented and work hard, but that doesn’t guarantee success.

Ultimately, pursuing opportunities to connect with industry leaders or professionals is critical to career growth.

As an award-winning speaker and leadership development advisor Diane Helbig says, networking is an investment in your business. It takes time and, when done correctly, can yield great results for years to come.

Hi, I'm Nic, the founder of Ekho Academy. In this article, we’re going to reveal 5 effective ways to build powerful relationships at work that will help you climb to the top of your career. So make yourself a coffee, and let’s get started!

1. Start Networking Right Now

Networking can be a great social event to expand your industry knowledge, meet up with thought leaders within your industry and build powerful connections.

Traditionally, this involves a group of professionals meeting up for a coffee or drink after work and sharing ideas. Since knowledge is power, networking on a regular basis will do wonders for your career opportunities.

Networking could help you to:

  • Find out about exciting job opportunities, and connect you with top industry head hunters.
  • Strengthen your company by forming a new relationship with another business or industry influencer.
  • Discover what competitors are doing within your industry and learn from their strategies.
  • Position yourself as an industry expert and earn respect from your colleagues.
  •  Become knowledgeable of new industry trends, changes, and upcoming events.
  • Demonstrate to your boss or manager that you are passionate about the industry, serious about a promotion, and a highly valuable employee to have onboard.

If the idea of socializing with strangers seems daunting, why not start networking online first?

Most industries will have online communities of industry leaders and like-minded professionals who share ideas, debate industry topics, and develop business relationships. 

Explore Facebook groups and join an online community that is related to your industry.

Take part in conversations, voice your opinions and start networking with members of the group online. LinkedIn is another amazing tool for online networking. This will boost your confidence when it comes to reaching out to new people, and eventually, networking will become second nature.

*Nic's Notes:

As an introvert, I find networking events very daunting. But I still know the power and value of networking. So I do it in a way that is easier for me. I started a podcast and invite interesting people on as guests to have a conversation with me.

2. Show A Pure & Authentic Interest In Others

This is one of the best ways to build meaningful relationships at work! 

Your colleagues and you are part of the same team. And forming strong and authentic business relationships with them will help you reach career goals together.

One common mistake many professionals make is to become self-centred at work, and only focused on their own success. (I'm guilty of this too, at times.)

While you should always have your personal career goals in mind, relationships at work need to be built on a solid foundation. This means investing time into learning about the people you work with, and not just promoting yourself.

By showing an interest in other people and focusing on the other person 100% during a conversation, you will advance your own career. 

As Lindsay Adams explains in his Ted Talk, this career strategy technique, is much like building a house. As you use a hammer to secure the nails, if you don’t focus, you’ll likely slip and hit your finger instead. So, remember to invest time into catching up with your colleagues, taking an interest in their lives, and strengthening your relationships at work.

*Nic's Notes:

One of my podcast guest, Steve Lai, a news anchor, said it best when it comes to engaging someone:

3: Bring Senior Staff Closer To You

Unlock new and exciting opportunities at work by building relationships at work with senior members of staff.

This is one of the most effective career strategies to get ahead of your colleagues and climb the career ladder in any industry. For instance, find some common ground between yourself and your manager, such as a passion for sport, food, or a similar taste in music.

By creating a relationship at work, with a senior member of staff you can give yourself the upper hand when it comes to all-important job promotion opportunities.

They’ll be likely looking for someone they will want to work closely with, as well as someone who is a top performer, so use this to your advantage. 

*Nic's Notes:

Check out our video that shows you exactly WHO in your organisation you need to build a relationship with in order to create more opportunities for you to advance your career.

4: Provide Solutions Not Problems 

To take your career to the next level make sure that you’re a problem solver and not someone who exaggerates an issue at work.

Yes, things can go wrong in the office from time to time, but if you complain when things go south, rather than find a solution, you’re not going to win over your manager or boss. 

Instead, focus on solving dilemmas, providing solutions, and being resilient and optimistic during a work-related crisis. It’s easy to complain, but you need to overcome any obstacle without adding to the chaos to succeed in your career. This will help you reach targets at work and hit your career goals too.

*Nic's Notes:

I don't pretend to be the guy that can solve every problem. But if it's something that really requires a solution, I do attempt to solve it. Or at the very least, think about it. Sometimes I can't help but feel that's enough. Because people look at you as part of the solution, regardless of whether or not you were the one that ultimately came up with it. If it's wort solving, take a gander at it! 🙂

5: Develop Emotional Intelligence

Finally, let’s discuss the importance of emotional intelligence in achieving career goals and building relationships at work.

Having control over your emotions and reactions in the workplace is a key skill to master, and will help you advance your career. Let’s be honest; nobody wants to work with someone who has emotional outbursts in the office.

So, start becoming more aware of how you act, the personal information you share, and the conversations you have with colleagues.

You don’t need to discuss your personal relationships with everyone, and by refraining from over-sharing with workmates, you can prevent yourself from becoming emotionally involved in general office chit-chat. 

However, this skill takes time and dedication to get right. So, here’s an easy way to start developing emotional intelligence right now!

The next time you’re asked a question in the office, pause, just for a moment, before replying or giving your opinion. Consider your answer and how it might impact your professional image or reveal too much about your personal life.

By analyzing your reply before instantly responding, you can control what you say when you say it, and how others might interpret it. Over time, this will help you when it comes to office arguments, disputes, and important discussions with your boss or business clients.

*Nic's Notes:

This is my biggest struggle. But it's true what's written above. Practice really makes you much better. I've always had great listening skills, but I always used to let my emotions cloud my judgement and unfilter my words. I'm much better now and I've really reaped the benefits of it. I highly encourage this point.

Thanks For Reading!

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  • Nicholas Patrick says:

    Hey there!

    I’m Nic, the author of this article.

    Let me know if you have any questions or if you have any tips you would like the share with everyone!

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