Read a Book With Your Team Quarterly

Books

#99 Read a Book Together Quarterly

Periodically select a business book for your direct reports or team members to read together. Consider reading one book every quarter. Meet to identify ideas from the book that you can implement. Some examples include The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Pour Your Heart Into It, and It’s Not About the Coffee.

This is the ninety-ninth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see that they also apply to your relationships at home and in the community.

3 Lessons from the Attack on Amazon

Amazon Building Entrance

The Sunday New York Times article on Amazon’s workplace culture has generated all kinds of buzz. Most commentators join the attack, while some defend Amazon’s practices. The stories are all over the map, from branding Amazon as an evil empire to describing its culture as one that’s apropos for an challenging entrepreneurial trail-blazer.

What are we to believe and what does this controversy say about the modern workplace?

To Connect, Seek Individual Ideas and Opinions

Listening

#98 Seek Individual Ideas and Opinions

When possible, ask for the ideas and opinions of your direct reports, especially on actions you expect them to implement or believe they want to have a voice in deciding. This behavior reflects humility and wisdom.

This is the ninety-eighth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see that they also apply to your relationships at home and in the community.

To Connect With Others, Don’t Interrupt

Communicating Through Tin Can and String

#97 Give People Time to Finish Speaking Before You Begin

Make sure there is a pause in the conversation so that you don’t cut someone off from what they were trying to communicate. Don’t interrupt!

This is the ninety-seventh post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see that they also apply to your relationships at home and in the community.

Treat People as Partners

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#96 Treat People as Partners

Treat people as equals. Never speak down to anyone or intentionally ignore him or her.

This is the ninety-sixth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see that they also apply to your relationships at home and in the community.

Image courtesy of Markus Spiske/raumrot.com. Creative Commons 2.0 license

Is There a Place for Love in Leadership?

The Container Store's "We Love Our Employees" Day 2014

“A company is stronger if bound by love than by fear.” – Herb Kelleher, cofounder of Southwest Airlines

When Kip Tindell, CEO of The Container Store, first heard Herb Kelleher’s words more than 40 years ago he was, in his own words, “completely taken by it.” In Tindell’s excellent book, Uncontainable, he describes how he and his leadership team went on to shape The Container Store’s outstanding “employee first” culture in ways that reflect love. He credits the company’s culture for its success.

Create a Book to Celebrate Your Workplace Culture

Smile Guide Book Cover

#95 Create a Book to Celebrate Your Workplace Culture

Create a book of employees’ stories or articles about living out the core values of your organization. Two excellent examples are Zappos’ Culture Book and Smile Guide: Employee Perspectives on Culture, Loyalty and Profit, which is about The Beryl Companies.

You can read a review of Smile Guide by Bob Morris on ConnectionCulture.com.

This is the ninety-fifth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see that they also apply to your relationships at home and in the community.

 

Katharine Stallard and I co-authored an article that appeared in this summer’s issue of the AMA Quarterly. Read “Creating a Culture That Connects” to learn more about the remarkable connection culture practices of multinational corporation Pfizer.

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