More and more, it seems I’m hearing people talk about relationships that are vexing to impossible.. Whether workplace or personal, the relationship is described as being beyond repair. Tensions are present – sometimes steady and stable, but sometimes escalating. According to the storyteller, there is nothing that can be done to rectify the situation
When people describe such situations, I wonder if they’ve really tried everything possible, or are they giving up too quickly.
To repair relationships, we have to be willing to look for and find common ground – a place where our needs, interests and objectives meet. That place may be the desire for at least a civil relationship, or to be able to work effectively as colleagues, or feel more at ease, or to restore the relationship to its original, healthier state. To accomplish either end, one of the things you have to do is broaden your perspective and let of the idea, “I’m right. You’re wrong.”