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What’s your Relationship Forecast?

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In the early days of my military service, I was assigned to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, for an intensive program of study. After I graduated, I was reassigned to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, to learn the art and science of cryptography.

I was anxious to see the Southwestern U.S., so I opted to make the 1,500-mile drive between duty stations. It was a particularly balmy day in Central California, so I drove off wearing shorts and flip flops. After driving through the night, I had made it as far as Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

I soon found myself caught in a surprise blizzard that sent me rummaging for more suitable attire.

Weather conditions can change in a hurry. This is also true in our work relationships. Reflecting on my sunny day-turned-to-snow inspired me to create this worksheet. Choose an important relationship you have with your manager, a peer, or a direct report. How is the weather? Use the worksheet to identify what’s working (or not) and what might come next.

Download your copy of “Relationship Forecast” now.


Matt Poepsel, PhD is the author of Expand the Circle: Enlightened Leadership for Our New World of Work and host of the Lead the People podcast. He serves as Vice President & Godfather of Talent Optimization at The Predictive Index. He holds a PhD in Psychology, an MBA, and a Harvard Business School Certificate of Management Excellence. Matt has more than 25 years of leadership experience as a software executive and consultant. He’s also a US Marine, an Ironman triathlon finisher, and a student of Buddhist philosophy.

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