Results and Relationships

Results and Relationships

“Our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships; they’re all a projection of you.” ~ Deepak Chopra

Results and Relationships

Herman was the type of guy who could negotiate multimillion-dollar deals with a bulldog-like determination and a razor-sharp focus. He had that drive, that charisma, that “Midas touch” about him that drew people into his orbit, temporarily. Herman even had a beautiful wife and four wonderful children. T e corporate salesman would have no need for this book because he needed no advice nor external motivation. He was a “legend in his own mind.”

Herman had it all, including a disease that would eventually kill him and an anger issue to match his illness step by step. Even before his diagnosis, Herman made everyone else in his life miserable. His kids avoided him, and his wife wanted little to do with him. There were times when his family wanted to wring his neck because he brought the same determination and doggedness that served him so well in business to his personal relationships.

When Herman realized that his pursuit of business pushed away everything truly important, it was too late. His children grew up and wanted no relationship with him. His wife concluded that she would always be in second place in his heart behind his business, and she moved on. Those who drove past Herman’s palatially empty house would sometimes see him sitting on the porch by himself. A month before he succumbed to the disease, Herman still posted the top sales figures at his from. Even with that accomplishment, few people mourned his passing. Those in his office didn’t miss their compatriot; they were just glad his accounts were freed up.

Successful people understand the necessary balance between Results and Relationships. If we focus on one, at the expense of the other, we lose them both. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his/her soul? If you could ask Herman you might find out.

Consider this …

1. Are you a Results person or a Relationships person?

2. If you’re a Results person, identify the specific ways in which you tend to alienate the necessary Relationships in your life.

3. If you are a Relationships person, identify ways that you can develop a strong focus on delivering the necessary Results in your life.

4. Make a plan to develop (and maintain) a better balance between Results and Relationships.

For more, check out The Top Performer’s Field Guide, The Innovator’s Field Guide, or visit www.JeffStandridge.com.

(Originally published in The Innovator’s Field Guide.)

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