Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Maintaining Business Friendships: Then, Now, & The Future

Whether or not you believe it’s a good idea to mix friendship and business, there are numerous friendships that stem off into business and vice versa. For good or for ill, it’s common for partners to have stronger bonds.

It could be a good idea to do business with friends since they tend to have a better grasp of what you want and will be more lenient with deals. On the other hand, you may be forced to choose between what is good for you and what is good for the friendship.

Before the age of the internet and its added innovations like social media, there was a more hands-on approach to maintaining business friendships. The occasional call, dinner and lunch dates, or the sending of Christmas cards shows that you have kept your contacts in mind.

This comes in great opposition to how they are maintained today. While going out to grab lunch isn’t a dead past-time and some people keeping tabs on friendships by sending the occasional e-mail or loosely connecting over sites like Facebook and LinkedIn.  However is this enough or healthy?

This makes connecting much easier and allows people to maintain a lot more contacts while still getting a large amount of work done. Unfortunately, this means that business relations do not often deepen and are usually taken at face-value. On the other hand, it’s a simple and sometimes very effective way to have a lot of connections going at the same time. As for long-term effects of this social media superficiality, we will just have to wait and see.

---Stephanie Hughes, Contributor

What Is The Future of Friendship???

 Many of you might not realize this, July 30th was International Day of Friendship according to UN. For most women the day might have little meaning because “girlfriend” is as embed in their daily conversation as the thought of cars is to a man.

What does it mean to be a friend, business friend, finding friends, nurturing friendship in a fast changing digital world?

Sure it seems much easier for women to have numerous circle of friends . For most men, it’s still a mystery. Now throw in a digital world, busy lifestyle  and it makes it ever more challenging. 

Which makes the need for friendship very important now than ever. We need someone to socialize with, talk about feelings, and talk about problems in a fast changing world, and maintain good health. Recent researchers have confirmed, many of us have fewer close friends than previous generation.

A growing number of men, especially, have spent many years deliberately avoiding establishing relationships due to a busy work schedules, not been able to commit and etc and choosing to be alone or having mostly acquaintances.

True friendship has one key ingredient, disclosure or revealing ones positives and negative attributes and thoughts while knowing you will not be outcast or judged.

Women do this every day and so easily. Which everyone knows. Men rely on a intimate partner, or their mothers to disclose emotions however vulnerable if the relationship doesn’t work out.

So we would like if you shared: tools, apps, tips, warnings signs for making friends, keeping friends in a fast-digital world.

---Manny, Co-Contributor

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