Hold “Stop-Start-Continue” Meetings With Your Team

Business Discussion

#100 Begin “Stop-Start-Continue” Meetings

Periodically hold “stop-start-continue” meetings to review your team’s activities. During these meetings, identify the activities your team should start that you are not presently doing, current activities that your team should stop doing, and activities that your team should continue doing. “Stop-start-continue” meetings give your team an opportunity to voice their thoughts on projects and enhance connection.

This is the one hundredth 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.

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.

To Connect, Seek Individual Ideas and Opinions

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#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.

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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.

 

Secure Tools and Training

Business Training Book

#94 Secure Tools and Training

Be sure to get people the tools and training they need to do their work well. Doing so not only helps others to grow, but also helps to reduce unnecessary stress that is harmful to performance.

This is the ninety-fourth 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.

Be Sensitive in How You Describe Colleagues

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#93 Be Sensitive in How You Describe Colleagues

Saying this is “my employee” or “one of my people” is disconnecting.  Refer to people as “a colleague” instead.

This is the ninety-third 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.

Create and Implement a Connection Culture Survey

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#92 Create and Implement a Connection Culture Survey

Many organizations implement employee engagement surveys and these surveys are mostly about connection.  We recommend that organizations develop a customized employee engagement or connection culture survey to identify those individuals who excel in creating connection cultures so that you can celebrate them and identify their best practices to share with others.  In addition, these intentional connectors may be willing to mentor others.

This is the ninety-second 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 Restore Connection, Say You’re Sorry

I'm Sorry

#91 Say You’re Sorry

When you make a mistake, say you’re sorry.  This important step will help rebuild connection.

This is the ninety-first 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.