Values and Maintains Relationships

“You have to invest time in people and relationships, professionally, and personally.”
– Lisa Throckmorton, Alpha Lambda and Chief Operating Officer at SpeakerBox Communications

A person who values and maintains relationships demonstrates appropriate loyalty. She believes in the power of partnerships; together, people can be more effective than if they work separately. She maintains and enhances the dignity of all with whom she comes in contact. She understands the role feedback plays in creating a culture of satisfaction in organizations. She inspires others to act, understands the value of conflict, and manages it well.

Additional Resources

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “30 is the new 20,” you aren’t alone. These additional resources will teach you how to make the most of your twenties in both your career and relationships!

MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche
When Rachel Bertsche first moved to Chicago, she was thrilled to finally share a zip code, let alone an apartment, with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, Bertsche realized her new life was missing one thing: friends. Sure, she had plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington DC. Yet in her adopted hometown, there was no one to call at the last minute for a reality TV marathon or girl-talk over brunch. Taking matters into her own hands, Bertsche developed a plan: she would go on 52 friend-dates, one per week for a year, in the hopes of meeting her new Best Friend Forever.

Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend by Irene S. Levine, Ph.D.
Written by journalist and psychologist Irene Levine, Ph.D., Best Friends Forever is an uplifting and heroically honest book for abandoned friends seeking solace. Dr. Levine draws from the personal testimonials of thousands of women to provide anecdotes and groundbreaking solutions to these complicated situations. Offering tools for personal assessment, case stories, and actionable advice for saving, ending, or re-evaluating a relationship, Dr. Levine shows that breakups are sometimes inevitable. Although the dissolution of female friendships can be difficult, Best Friends Forever teaches women to stop blaming themselves and probing the wounds, and that the sad experience of a broken friendship can make them stronger people, and more able to handle their relationships with wisdom.

The Friendship Blog, Irene S. Levine, Ph.D.
When  journalist and psychologist Irene Levine, Ph.D.conducted an online survey of more than 1,500 women between the ages of 17 and 70 for her book, Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend, the promise of anonymity opened a floodgate of stories and emotions. Women poured out their hearts, revealing the details of friendship problems often kept secret because of the stigma attached to failed friendships. Using initials or pseudonyms, they felt comfortable sharing their stories with Dr. Levine. Their concerns and questions regarding the complexities and complications involved in female friendships suggested the need for this blog, a virtual roadmap for navigating the tricky terrain of female friendships.