Stumbled across a pair of articles on friendship by Cathy Crovis. While we don't have to be "friends" with the people we work with, a good working relationship improves the effectiveness of any team. Teaching can be a very rewarding profession but it is also a very demanding, exhausting profession. Maybe Cathy's tips can serve as a reminder to reflect on our work relationships and improve our collaborative skills.
From "Labyrinth and The Power of Friendship" ....
1. Sometimes we have to fight fear to become friends with someone.
2. Friends can be found in the most unlikely places.
3. Not everyone who can be a friend appears that way at first.
4. Don't immediately discount others ways of helping.
5. True friends come through in the end.
6. We need to face our demons alone, but it's nice to know that someone's got our back just in case.
Each of our actions and reactions affect others. What can you do to send out positive ripples? How can you navigate through/around negative ripples blocking your path?