Category Archives: Build Positive Work Relationships

Making the best of your work situation is important if you want to feel satisfied in your career or have aspirations to advance up the corporate ladder. Building positive work relationships can not only help you enjoy going to work every day, but position you to advance and gain recognition for your accomplishments. Joel Garfinkle, who has written extensively on how to develop effective leaders, discusses common hindrances to positive workplace relationships and provides you with practical leadership development tips that will teach you how to make the best of any situation.

Building Positive Relationships at Work

Building positive workplace relationships is vital for career success. Relationships can positively or negatively affect your satisfaction with the job, your ability to advance and gain recognition for your achievements. When you build positive relationships, you feel more comfortable with your interactions and less intimidated by others. You feel a closer bond to the people you spend the majority of your time working with.

However, for a lot of people, relationship building isn’t natural or easy to do. Most refuse to admit this is a concern because it is such a basic, common sense concept. They assume they already know how to do it. Don’t fall into that trap. Everyone – even the most outgoing, engaging personalities – can improve their skills in this critical area. The ten tips listed below are for anyone who wants to build positive workplace relationships.

Apply these tips to interactions with your boss, team … Continue reading Building Positive Relationships at Work

Coping With Critical Coworkers

If you’re feeling a bit like Rodney Dangerfield (“I don’t get no respect”), you are not alone. From time to time we all have to deal with overly-critical co-workers, clients, supervisors and other “nay-sayers” in the workplace.

Criticism shows up in a number of different ways. It can be blatant and very public, such as someone pointing out your budget errors in a staff meeting or making fun of your idea for a new ad campaign.

It can also be sneaky and snarky, such as the co-worker who critiques your latest project in the coffee room—when you’re not even present to defend yourself.

You’ll need two things to cope with criticism effectively: assertiveness and self-confidence. Take those key ingredients and incorporate them into these four common sense tips to sustain your sanity when the critics are nipping at your heels. (These are based on my workbook Love Your Work.)

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Five Guidelines for Improving Relationships With Difficult Co-Workers

Sir Winston Churchill and Lady Astor, two prominent British politicians, experienced one of the most hostile relationships in Parliament history. Their interactions were constantly filled with conflict, sarcasm, and caustic remarks, each intending to pay the other back in full for past transgressions.

Once during a legislative session, Lady Astor became so upset with one of Churchill’s decisions that she shouted, “Sir Winston, if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea.”

To which Churchill quickly retorted, “Madam, if you were my wife, I’d drink it.”

If your work life sometimes feels like a session of the British parliament, take heart. You can’t change your co-workers, but you can change your point of view about them, and about yourself. Here’s the reality: In today’s “dog-eat-dog” work environment, many people needlessly put each other down instead of building each other up. Positive, uplifting, and encouraging words have been irresponsibly exchanged for … Continue reading Five Guidelines for Improving Relationships With Difficult Co-Workers

Gossip in the Workplace

You may not have a water cooler or a coffee room, but if you’re in a workplace with more than two people, you’ve got gossip!

There’s really no positive outcome to gossip in the workplace. It’s a huge time waster, it ruins morale, and it can spread faster than a bad cold. If you perceive that gossip is a problem in your office, what should you do? You may not be able to change the corporate culture overnight, but you can change your own way of relating to it with these ten positive steps.

Review your company policy if any exists, for the guidelines on ethics-related matters. Observe Before launching yourself into office politics, observe. See how people relate and learn the unofficial roles certain individuals in your workplace have adopted. If you notice one person who consistently makes trouble, take the necessary actions to have as little interaction with … Continue reading Gossip in the Workplace

6 Strategies to Building a Stronger Team

In business, the main focus is often on the bottom line, and things like relationships get pushed to the back burner. But relationships are important in business, whether you are talking about relationships with your customers, your team members, or even yourself. By putting strategies in place to improve team building and intrapersonal relationships at work, you’ll not only enjoy a happier, healthier workplace but you might just see a positive impact on the bottom line as well. Here are six strategies to help you build stronger team and intrapersonal relationships among your employees.

Do you want to build a stronger team?

You need an executive coach to help you improve your team. Hire Joel Garfinkle to help you improve interpersonal relationships among your employees.

Set clear expectations. Are you trying to establish an overall environment … Continue reading 6 Strategies to Building a Stronger Team

Lessons on Teamwork from Really Bad Team Members


The best managers understand that effective leaders are also solid team players. The workplace is filled with capable teammates — even some who take initiative, overdeliver and inspire colleagues. Unfortunately, there’s also the occasional employee who has no idea how to collaborate or communicate effectively. Such poor performers aren’t entirely useless, though. They offer some of the most poignant lessons on teamwork and leadership.

Here are seven things failing team members do — and what you can learn from them.