Relationships are key to our success and as we advance our career they become increasingly important. So it is helpful to take a step back and understand if we have the relationships we need, the strength of them and their value.
We need the right relationships with the right people and to be healthy it needs to be strong and have a healthy level of tension. Without tension, e.g. someone that always agrees with you and never questions you, there is no growth or value for anyone in the relationship. Of course where there is too much tension then it can lead to constant conflict that again adds no value and can be destructive.
When we do this with the relationships that are key to us being able to do our job and have the influence we need, we can ask ourselves:
Think about the 5 or 6 key relationships that you need to be successful in what you are doing
Tension is important to relationships, it is what needed for the relationships, it leads to growth and addition of value both ways. Relationships that always agree and never question us do not add value.