Building good friendships

This week I spent few hours with a friend who I have a great deal of respect for.
The conversation was fast paced. Exciting. We talked about my newest work project.
My friend gave me a well-thought out advice.
With examples pointing out needed improvements.
As well as generous words, praising what I did well.

What a treat! I felt lucky to have such a friend!

How do we start, and maintain, healthy, rewarding friendships?
It turns out communication is essential:

• Give support when needed; listen.
• Share your thoughts; keep friends current with what’s going on in your life.

Good friendships need balance.
It’s a give and take.

Just as important – have a positive attitude.
And, of course, keep in touch with one another.

A friend is one that knows you
as you are,
understands where you have been,
accepts what you have become,
and still,
gently allows you to grow.
William Shakespeare

/Comments/in Work Life Balance/by Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru, an Eastern European transplant, fell in love with her new home shortly after landing in New York. She "discovered" pizza! Years later she still loves pizza. And so do her two feathered-kids, Sunny and Flipper

Mariana worked on both, the east and the west coast.
Big or small, each project she worked on helped define the importance of gaining and sustaining a competitive edge in an increasingly complex business environment.

Business know-how, love of teaching and writing – all combined in 2006 to form OBI.
Its mission: to make learning fun! And easy.

Through its training, consulting, and publications OBI builds bridges of knowledge to take you from where you are to
where you want to go. Using a mix of serious, informal, analytical, and optimistic approach, OBI truly makes learning fun.

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