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6 Steps to Repair Damaged Professional Relationships

The relationships you build at work are very likely to be the things that propel you forward in your career. For the sake of your career and peace of mind both, you should repair faulty professional relationships. Chrissy Scivicque explains how in six steps for U.S. News and World Report. First, you have to acknowledge the problem actually exists, examining what caused the strain, your part in the strain, and the current and potential future consequences of the strain. Second, imagine a scenario where the relationship is fixed (not necessarily with you as friends, but as productive colleagues) and think about how many benefits could come of it. Third, talk to the other person one-on-one about this vision for a better work relationship and how you would like to pursue it. Try to get a real verbal contract going with the other person about what to do and not do to improve the relationship. Then be consistent about following through and making the positive changes that were promised. Moving forward, try to get more proactive about ensuring relationships both start off on the right foot and stay healthy over time. You can view the full article here: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/05/10/6-steps-to-repair-damaged-professional-relationships

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