10 Ways To Improve Your Connection Skills
"Connection is what transforms a dog-eat-dog environment into a sled-dog team that pulls together," says Michael Lee Stallard, author of the book, Connection Culture. "Connection builds an emotional bond that promotes trust, cooperation, and esprit de corps among people in the workplace."Based on shared identity, empathy, and understanding, connection moves primarily self-centered individuals toward group-centered membership.
"Without that sense of connection, employees will never each their full potential," states Stallard.
The 10 ways you can improve your connection skills are to:
- Recognize varying connection needs
- Be present in conversations
- Develop the ability to empathize
- Develop the habit of emphasizing positives
- Control your tone of voice
- Negotiate with the mindset to solve a problems rather than to win
- Provide autonomy in execution
- Learn to apply the five languages of appreciation
- Apologize when you make a mistake
- Develop social skills and relationship skills, and recognize the difference between them
- Perform at the top of their game.
- Give their best effort.
- Align their behavior with organizational goals.
- Help improve the quality of decisions.
- Actively contribution to innovation.
- Personal Growth
- definition of connection and its effect on organizations and individuals
- 24 character strengths necessary for building a connection culture
- roles that committed members and servant leaders play in shaping an organization's culture
- leadership qualities needed to transform workplace cultures
- practical actions to implement a connection culture in your organization
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