Relationships in the business world are more about how well you know people than just about who you know. It’s great to be able to name drop now and again, but if your contact barely knows more than your name, is he/she really an asset to you?
So you’ve planted a seed and made a new business connection. Great! Now what?
Just like any relationship or garden, business connections need tending to grow and thrive. As humans, we all need a little TLC in our lives (and I’m not talking about the 90’s R&B group). Tender, loving care will help you foster the relationships that matter so much to you and your business. A little TLC will help you have an abundant harvest!
Father, you are so creative and generous. This delicious cup of coffee I’m enjoying this morning has to be one of your greatest inventions. 🙂 The taste… the aroma… just heavenly. And, I Thank you.
Every good and perfect gift comes from my Father, from You!
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. –James 1:17 (NLT)
“Mommy, did you see this?!” asked my nine year old as she came running to me with a card that said, “You are Appreciated” across the front. I assured her that I had indeed seen the card. “Who’s it from?” she asked. I told her it was from my current boss. “Wow,” she said, “that sure is different from your old job! That must make you feel good!” My nine year old recognized what my current employer knows and my former ones failed to realize… appreciation and a simple thank you can go a long way.
With Thanksgiving coming up, something that I am immensely thankful for is my graphic design job at Netchicks Marketing and the fact that I am appreciated by my boss. Having recently come out of an employment situation that was, unfortunately, the exact opposite of my current one, brings these small acts of kindness by Netchick’s Chief Creative Chick into sharp focus. I used to leave my former job feeling fairly beat down and dejected on a regular basis. Why? Because they were extremely quick to criticize even the smallest of mistakes and very scrooge-like with any words of encouragement or thanks for a job well done. Try as I might to do a good job and please my former bosses, I usually left feeling that I could do nothing right. Which makes me abundantly thankful for the environment I currently work in where I am told quite often how much the work I do is appreciated.
If you are an employer, stop and consider for a moment whether you take the time to let your employees know that you are truly thankful for them. That you sincerely appreciate the work they do for you. If you can honestly say that you do communicate this to your employees on a regular basis, good for you! Keep it up! If, after reflecting for a bit, you realize that perhaps you fall a tad short in the appreciation area, resolve to begin to say even just a simple thank you to your employees for a job well done. Thankfulness can be contagious (in a good way!). A simple expression of appreciation can produce a thankful spirit in your employees… and in yourself as well!