Do you have an employee or associate whom you have worked with for a long time?

During this time of cutbacks, the last person cut is usually the one with the longest tenure. Usually you and this employee have been through thick and thin, and he or she has been a good performer. Then, one day, you notice there has been a change. The employee is becoming distant, taking new liberties, and you begin to feel your trust for the person ebbing away.

All of us change the use our behaviors over time because our values change. This process is good for us because it represents a change in our thinking about what will be important to us going forward. We are in the process of asking ourselves, “What do I want to be when I go up?” which we can ask anytime in our life.

Given the current economic and social climate of the world, and especially in light of our own country’s new ramrod approach to change, many people are becoming concerned about their future. This concern can affect behavior very quickly.

One of the advantages of online social networks is that people are communicating with others at fantastic rates, which can be good news. However, they are not communicating with each other face-to-face. Online, they can say anything that is on their mind – no matter how it affects the other person. They are not present to see or feel the discomfort or joy the other person is feeling about the message they just received.

The result is that some of us are not practicing the art of face-to-face communication, which is vital to building and retaining business and personal relationships. This change can lie at heart of why long-term relationships begin to sour at home or on the job. So what do we need to do to correct the situation?

Each of us is born with a natural behavioral style that drives the way we see and react to the world around us. Those who fortunately work for a company who has offered a DISC team-building session have the tools to identify the behavioral styles of the employees / team members on your team. The information in each person’s report tells you how they like to be communicated with, and the ways they really prefer you not to communicate with them. This is the information that makes face-to-face communication easier and more productive.

Your team-building session have likely included a values profile, defining a set of hidden motivators you use to stay safe and move forward. We learn our values from life experiences and education. Over time, values help us modify our natural behaviors to meet our current needs.

Therefore, when you are aware of the needs of another person who is important to you, it is easy to ask him or her about any issues that the two of you should discuss. With this knowledge in place, the two of you have the foundation to rebuild the trust that may have slipped away – thereby rebuilding the relationship.

If you do not have a behavior and vales profile, click here to request an assessment be sent to you  FREE of charge. If you would like help interpreting your report after you receive it, please contact me for a free review.

Source: John Mathis, Owner/President, Keyline Company, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Copyright protected.