When’s the last time you actually connected to someone on the phone who was trying to sell you something? Maybe it was recently? I personally have a very short tolerance for telemarketers, knowing that really my money is the only purpose of their call.
Today we are going to touch on the power of honest connections. Now before you move on, keep this in mind: your connection with the person at the stoplight might only consist of a frustrated exchange when they cut you off. That’s OK. In theory you probably are never going to see that person again.
However, the connections you make with those at work is vital. Because, unlike the person you insult at the stop light, your team member at work will not disappear when the light turns green.
Strong connections in the work place can turn mundane work weeks into vibrant networks of people you look forward to interacting. Will there still be the people that drive you crazy? Without a doubt. They’re not saints and neither are you. However, this week’s challenge is fun. It’s connections week. When we connect with people with whom we often interact with, tension is less likely to result.
So the challenge of this week: Find one person a day to make a connection with beyond work. We are in a society, that at the present time, is a bit nervous about social appropriateness. We are not suggesting any inappropriate connections! Only suggesting that showing interest in a person’s life beyond the scope of spreadsheets, and patient safety metrics, can go a long way to building the bridges of trust and accountability so vital to a successful worksite.
Connections need not be rock solid. Many are simple. Do you both have children? If so, how old are theirs? Do they enjoy a sport that you also enjoy? Do your spouses have something in common? Where are they from?
As always, no matter how simple the question, feel free to contact me about any questions you have. I’d be happy to go back and forth on this.
Beyond Reason, the capstone book of Roger Fisher’s amazing career in conflict resolution, is the source of the information in this blog-post.