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Understanding the Power of Relationships

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By:Beth Flynn, Tuesday, August 04th, 2020

"Business is also about relationships. Relationships, through which those who have a need are linked with those who can supply, is an exchange of value that benefits both parties. In fact, relationships are the very foundation of business. And healthy relationships are always at the center of thriving businesses. I would go so far as to say that good business is never simply about making money. It's really about building relationships and making a difference in people's lives. The better you build relationships and the more value you create for others in those relationships, the more money you will make. The more your business will flourish.

On a personal level, if you want to be your best self, you need someone else speaking into your world through relationship. For an athlete to fulfill her potential, she needs a relationship with a coach. For a student to maximize learning, he must have a relationship with a teacher or tutor. If you want to grow in your professional life, you'd best engage with a mentor. For us to move toward maturity, we need deep healthy relationships with family and friends. We all need others to speak truth into our world. We may very well be the best person in the room, but we won't be our best self if we don't have others who are encouraging, challenging, and sharpening us (p. 48-49)."

From: Ross, R. (2019). Relationomics: business powered by relationships. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

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Tue, 08/04/2020 - 9:56am -- Beth Flynn

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