Create the Building Blocks for Successful Relationships:
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Free Relationship Phases Chart
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Next month we'll cover the "pre-relationship phase". Each successive month will the next "phase"
Pre-Relationship Phase Activity
Think about each of the three areas below and consider how they might
impact a new relationship that you are forming. With some careful consideration
and observation, your sensitivity will increase, benefiting your global
business ventures and impacting production, marketing,
Pre-Relationship Phase Conditions
Countries, organizations, teams, and individuals come with histories, cultural expectations, visions, beliefs, values, and cultural ways of being and working. These pre-existing relationship conditions can either become opportunities or barriers to forming cooperative relationships, depending on how they are managed.
The key to building effective global relationships is awareness of oneself and others. It is important to be aware of relationship styles, as well as other cultural differences that are brought to the interaction, and to notice the context in which the global relationship is going to be developed. Through awareness of your own cultural and individual ways of building relationship, how they may contrast with the ways others build relationship, and being sensitive to the context, you will be better prepared to deal with challenges that may come up in the global workplace.
In particular, seek to understand the historical context of the work relationship long before the initial contact. The higher our general awareness of cultural challenges, the greater the chances of success. Cultural contrasts have real consequences for doing business and working across cultural boundaries (for example an inappropriate advertising campaign).
Pre-Relationship Phase Viewpoint
"When we encounter differences, our tendency is to be rigid and to only resort to what we know and what we've been acculturated to know, which is a habit; in actuality, it's a habit. It's very good for us. It makes us run our lives efficiently, but in terms of building a relationship, it has the opposite effect."
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