SDS presentation-creationThe story of an oyster cultivating a pearl is a great analogy for persons developing relationships.  With the oyster, an intruding or irritating grain of sand is covered by layers of a mineral substance called mother of pearl until a beautiful gem is produced.  Between humans, that grain of sand is usually a speck of commonality that begins the process of rapport and discovery until, over time, relationships of varying degrees are produced.  Some are distant, some closer.  Some are acquaintances.  Some friends.  Some lovers.  Some never launch – but a few become beautiful gems.

In the workplace you’ve heard it said, “It’s all about relationships.”  And, to a large degree, this is true.  It’s hard to accomplish your objectives without the help of others.  Relationships with customers, vendors, examiners, collaborators and employees are all critical to your success.  Well known polls on employee engagement continue indicating that the…