In studying both best practices and best practitioners of strategic relationships over the past decade, here is my list of 15 attributes of strategic relationship maturity:

  1. Never automatically resents criticism, realizing that it may contain a suggestion for personal or professional growth
  2. Understands that self-pity is futile and simply a way to place blame for a business disappointment on a 3rd party
  3. Consistently keeps a calm and collected head and never “fly off the handle”
  4. Keeps calm in business emergencies and deals with pressure, stress, and frustration in a logical, reasonable manner
  5. Accepts responsibility without blaming others when situations go wrong

Come back next week and I’ll share five more. In the meantime, if you were giving yourself a grade of A-B-C, how did you do? Where are your growing edges?

Make it a great week,

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