The ultimate importance of relationships in life

Highlights of this information update:
00.00     Introduction
00.40     Breakdown in relationships
01.00     Toxic situations can lead to relationship breakdown
01.35     Breakdown in relationships – even between countries
02.05     An insight from Ghandi – be the change you want to see
02.25     Assessing and improving relationships
02.42     You can learn the skills to improve your relationships
03.10     It’s important to improve both personal and business relationships

Have you ever stopped to consider just how important relationships are in the modern world?

I’m Alan Patching and this is Transforming Minds.

Relationships are at the centre of families, the very basis of modern society. The relationship in business will never be replaced.

Relationships between clients and the people who do business, relationships between the people within a business – at all levels of business and society relationships are just so important, and if these relationships break down the consequences can be far-reaching, sometimes far more reaching then we might consider.

For example if a couple breaks up, sure that’s a break-down in their relationship and that’s painful for them.  But it usually goes further than them.  There could be children involved; there could be all sorts of people affected by that, and it happens, and sometimes it happens for the best.

In business, sometimes there’s a toxic relationship between a client and a supplier and the best thing is for both to move on

For the most part, if we could get on top of the problems developing in those business relationships, or in those personal relationships, before the problem gets to the point that it’s beyond recovery, or appears to be beyond recovery, we’d be in a position to prevent a lot of damage.  That’s certainly true in personal relationships and it’s also true in business.  In fact, I suspect it applies in all sorts of relationships, in all sorts of areas.

Take countries; relationships breaking down between two countries can put other surrounding countries – and large parts of the worl, at risk.

So relationships, and maintaining them at a good and effective level, should be a very important focus of modern day life.  Where do we start doing this?  Where do we start working on relationships for better personal relationships, better business relationships, better community, better world relationships? Where does it all start?

Ghandi once made a wonderful statement.  He said ‘be the change you want to see in the world’, and I think that’s advice that applies particularly to relationships.

During the time ahead, in this blog post here on Transforming Minds and in our business equivalent, Transforming Business, we’ll be looking at how you can assess relationships; how you can look at ways of improving them before problems occur; and, if problems do occur, what skills we can bring in and what approaches we can take to make sure things don’t become too toxic, too fast, and the relationship falls apart.
We’ll be looking at skills that come from the world of communication, from the world of leadership, from the world of psychology and psychotherapy, and from good old experience and common sense – from people who’ve been there and done that.

There’s no reason why the relationships we have with our personal partners, with our business partners and between the people at work need to be toxic. Life is far more pleasurable when we’re surrounded by good relationships.

We’ll be looking at relationships in business and how to improve them for the benefit of the business and the benefit of the individuals.  In future posts, we’ll be looking at relationships in the personal sphere and relationships with clients, so that via an improvement and enhancement of relationships we can avoid problems and actually improve the quality of our personal lives and the quality of our business experiences.

I look forward to catching you on future editions of Transforming Minds or Transforming Business.

This is Alan Patching.  Thank you for watching or reading.

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