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The Relationship Journey

This is the first of a series of short articles introducing the Active Listening chapter from The Journey Inside

The Relationship Journey is a road map to building trust, deeper connections, and stronger relationships with colleagues and clients through active listening.

We know that relationships take time to build.

In this fast-paced world though, we continually seek to make things happen quicker, to get to the end goal, be it a sale, a merger, a project, or a strategic change.  We think we have spoken to all the right people, have put the processes in place, and believe we have done all we need to do to achieve success.  Yet we find obstacles appearing in our way, things not happening the way we want them to, our calls are not being taken, and we start noticing entrenched positions arising on both sides.

What happened?

We have not built the relationships well enough; we have missed out on some of the crucial steps, and trust is not where we thought it should be.

What can we do?

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Colin D. Smithhttps://dexteritysolutions.co.uk/
COLIN is ‘The Listener’, a listening skills specialist and the ‘go-to’ person for individuals and teams who want to be heard, think for themselves, and transform their business and personal relationships through active listening. Colin has that innate ability to actively listen to people. He works with management, project and creative teams, facilitating the development and improvement of their listening and thinking skills. Thereby equipping them to more effectively meet their business, relationship and service challenges. He also works privately with individuals, enabling them to feel heard and valued, to think more clearly for themselves, articulate their creative ideas, address their personal concerns, and achieve their personal and professional goals. Colin has had a varied and successful career in consultancy, business development, IT and customer support, across many sectors, including finance, motor, retail and the NHS. In looking back he realises that much of his success was due to his listening and connecting abilities. His inquisitive and curious mind also enables him to explore, with others, unusual, thought-provoking, yet grounded, observations and alternative approaches to business, people, systems, and change. To make things happen, and to take ideas and thinking further, he connects his Clients with his trusted network of entrepreneurs, consultants, thought leaders, free thinkers, coaches and change makers.

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  1. The social life of man requires the investment of many resources for its management since interdependence, mutual influence and emotional attunement in relationships are complex.
    Trust is the basis of any relationship.

    • So true Jeff, thank you. It is the difference between infinite and finite games, relationships, journeys. We all value the infinite yet think we want the finite. As you say deep listening, or feeling heard, takes time as does building a relationship. We can, for sure, begin small, a spark is enough to be the start of a long, great, meaningful relationship. So the more we show up as who we really are, without expectation, the more sparks get lite. Colin

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