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Six Secrets To A Culture of Connectivity

I’ve been working with several teams this past six months that are having a tough time coming together in a unified way. It’s not that team members are purposefully going in different directions but rather there is a missing strand of connectivity. There is also an absence of camaraderie and respect for different views.

We all see this disconnect at times in our jobs. Since our workplaces are filled with so many daily interactions with different people, there is the potential to overlook the importance of meaningful connections. We see this when we work alongside colleagues to create important deliverables. We feel it when we participate in meetings to make decisions for the best direction we should take. A lack of connectivity can take place when we coach others to reach their potential as well as when we are coached to grow our own careers. A disconnect can even emerge when we make presentations to explain new concepts and trends.

Why are we sometimes missing the mark in forming connections with team members?

 To create teams that can perform at their highest levels we need to build connected relationships. We need to see how much we depend on one another to get our jobs done well.

Here are six secrets to creating a culture of connectivity:

1. Commit to building relationships with every interaction.

Every time we connect with others it is a moment of truth. That means we need to cultivate deeper relationships when we work with others. Make sure we are clear in our communication and share complete information so everyone can work with the same data. If someone has a different opinion, listen respectfully. Validate input from team members. Help each person see their value in contributing.

2. Be a trustworthy team member.

To lead in a culture of connectivity there needs to be a high level of trust amongst team members.

  • Don’t talk negatively behind people’s backs
  • Own up to your mistakes
  • Never betray a confidence shared with you
  • Showcase the strengths of others by asking them for their expertise

3. Become curious about people on your team.

When we become interested in what makes our team members tick we begin to build a deeper connection with them. In a recent program team members shared some information about their childhood that helped others understand them better. Ask questions and people will open up about who they really are.

4. Don’t be afraid of conflict.

If we really want to create a culture of connectivity we need to welcome ways to deal with healthy conflict. Healthy conflict ultimately leads to greater solutions if it is handled well.

  • Listen strategically to understand completely during team meetings
  • Don’t interrupt until your team member is finished explaining their ideas
  • Ask questions to clarify points
  • Never bully a team member to compromise
  • Try to pull different opinions together to create a larger solution

5. Follow-through on what you say you will do.

To depend on one another, team members must be reliable. That means completing your piece of the deliverable with quality in a timely manner. It also means offering your suggestions to enhance the outcome of a project if your expertise is needed. Be there for your team members when they are counting on you.

6. Lead with compassion.

Allow your heart and mind to be in sync when decisions are made and actions are taken. With one team I worked with some of the members were feeling isolated so it was essential for the others to draw them in and reach out for their input. Having concern for one another is how we connect.

What are your secrets to creating a culture of connectivity?

 Please let me know if I can help you or your team build a culture of connectivity and trust.

Five Super Bowl Strategies For Work Teams

We are ready for the biggest annual football game in the United States- the Super Bowl. Food and drinks of all crazy varieties will be served and people will gather to cheer for their favorite team. Everyone seems to have special gear to wear like tee shirts and hats that bear the name of their favorite team. Additionally, the over-the-top advertisements will be analyzed and spoken about for weeks to come. It’s kind of like a national holiday except it’s just another sports game. Or is it really something more profound than we give it credit for?

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Six Reasons Why Leaders Need Feedback

The truth about feedback is that it is a powerful gift. Whether we are a senior leader or an emerging leader, feedback provides us with critical information to become a stronger leader. Without feedback we would have a harder time fine tuning our leadership strategy.

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Are we sometimes fearful of hearing feedback from certain people? Sure. But maybe instead of looking at those comments and insights as personal attacks, we can see them as steps to lead more effectively. We can look at the behaviors we can adjust and actions we can take to transform our leadership to a higher level.

Here are six reasons

Five Roads To Authentic Leadership

It can sometimes be difficult assessing whether a leader is being totally real with us. The words coming out of their mouth might sound like they know what they are talking about and their tone seems authoritative. Yet there is something about them that doesn’t add up. We are feeling disconnected from a conversation and we don’t know why. I worked with a woman who was confusing to read. On one hand she was a successful business developer and often asked me to help her with projects. And in another way she would challenge my every decision and action. It was impossible to know what she was really thinking.

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Six Kick-Ass Leadership Moves For 2018

The New Year is here and that means it is time for leaders to cross over to a new beginning with a hop in their step. The evaluation of the good, the bad and the ugly of the past year is now behind us and the worst thing we can do is keep our feet stuck in “what was”. Shake it off and look straight ahead to 2018. Even if we had our best year ever we need to look at the New Year with fresh eyes and scope.

Are you ready to propel forward?

Six kick-ass leadership moves for 2018:

 1. CREATE YOUR NEW YEAR VISION

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