Naomi, the new social media intern at the Power of Two marriage coaching website, posted a new article about how using the relationship skills learned during marriage coaching and used in the home can be translated into the workplace and I have to agree based on my own recent professional experience.
I recently received an email from a frustrated client about a project delay. Before my own coaching with Dr. Abigal Hirsch, I could have easily chosen to get worked up and even perhaps send a defensive email. I decided to refer back to the skills I learned with the Power of Two and focus on how I could understand their situation while clarifying my side of the situation. I chose to ask the client what was going on their side and offered to listen to their situation, sure that we could find the real reason behind their frustrations.
No sooner than 10 minutes into the conversation, I was able to empathize with the client and immediately find a solution that worked for both of us. Instead of assuming the worst on how they felt, I chose to simply share my side and allow my client to express their frustrations, worries, and goals. I became even more compassionate and dedicated to helping my client instead of becoming angry and allowing a simple misunderstanding ruin a fantastic work partnership.
Successful communication and relationship building skills begin in the home. Learning how to communicate and share feelings with those we love the most is often the most difficult thing to do. When we hone these skills in the home, shaping the most intimate personal aspects of ourselves, we can then more easily deal with less personal situations such as those in the workplace and keep things professional.
Curious about learning a communication skill that you can use at home and in the workplace? Check out this activity and video at the Power of Two website to learn how to avoid crossovers with Dr. Abigail Hirsch.
By avoiding crossovers, you can learn how to gain insight into your own thoughts and feelings and stop telling and assuming what your partner thinks and feelings. The end result is less worrying about disagreements and misunderstandings and more compassion and empathy resulting in satisfying outcomes and strengthened relationships.