Rebuilding relationships

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Sometimes work relationships get strained.  Sometimes they are beyond saving and it’s best to move on understanding that two parties will never be able to effectively work together.

But, you don’t get that luxury in small companies.  Everyone has to be an impact player, and two impact players who should work together, can’t, well that’s a problem.

So how do you go about rebuilding that relationship?  Here are a few things that I’ve found works.  Understand that both parties have to want to work together, even though they clash.  If one can’t, or won’t, make the effort to meet half way, well then, both parties have got bigger problems.

  1. Respect each other, despite your history and clashing in the past.
  2. Listen to each other, particularly when one has valid input on a given situation that can save everyone time and effort.
  3. Throw each other a bone.  Let’s face it, everyone wants to look good.  Scratch their back and maybe they’ll scratch yours.
These aren’t perfect suggestions, but then again, the situation isn’t perfect either.  What will end up working will seem obvious in hindsight.  But it definitely won’t be trivial.
I’d be curious if any of you have other thoughts on what works for you.  Feel free to leave a comment!
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