Day 28 Connection Challenge: Check Your Body Language

Nonverbal communication makes a big difference in how people perceive and relate to you. Uncross your arms. If you keep your posture relaxed, inclusive and open, your team will respond by being more positive, aligned and productive. #beinclusive #connectionchallenge

Day 27 Connection Challenge: Take a Deep Breath

Before you head into your next important meeting or conversation, take a deep breath, in through your nose and out through your mouth. In addition to providing other health benefits, it will release the tension in your neck and make you appear less aggressive. #beauthentic #bepresent #connectionchallenge

Day 26 Connection Challenge: Smile More

Smiling lowers our heart rate, reduces stress levels and boosts our endorphins, putting us in a better mood and eliciting smiles from those around us. #begiving #connectionchallenge

Day 25 Connection Challenge: Ask a Naive Question

Toddlers ask their parents an average of 100 questions a day. But by adulthood, we have nearly stopped asking questions altogether. In school and work, we are often rewarded for having the answer, but actually questions not only increase creativity and innovation, they improve relationships. Try it. Ask a naïve question today. #becurious #connectionchallenge

Day 24 Connection Challenge: Make an Introduction

Do you know two people who would benefit from knowing each other? Making introductions can both help those in your network and create value. First ask permission, then take the time to craft an email sharing the unique strengths of each person and explaining why you feel they should meet. #begiving #connectionchallenge

Day 23 Connection Challenge: Ask for Feedback

Asking for feedback may make us feel vulnerable, but it also can increase trust levels in an organization. Opening up also may accelerate our development: When we share the skills we’re focused on building with others, research says we improve more quickly. #betransparent #beauthentic #connectionchallenge

Day 22 Connection Challenge: Stop for Lunch

How often do you eat at your desk or on the run? Or skip lunch altogether? Eating lunch not only stabilizes our blood sugar levels and increases our energy, it can also provide time for socializing with our colleagues. Find someone you haven’t talked to properly in a while and sit down for lunch with them today. #bepresent #beauthentic #connectionchallenge

Day 21 Connection Challenge: Share Something Real

Many of us feel we should keep our personal and work lives separate. But sharing what’s going on for us personally can give needed context to our colleagues and make them feel comfortable sharing in return. Vulnerability increases trust, and ultimately also improves productivity and engagement at work. Start small and share something personal and real with a colleague today. #beauthentic #betransparent #connectionchallenge

Day 20 Connection Challenge: Ask for Early Input

As leaders we are often expected to be experts and have all the answers. This not only creates false expectations of each of us, it disengages our teams and increases business risk. Getting earlier input around plans and proposals makes for better decisions and increased team engagement. Try it today. #betransparent #connectionchallenge

Day 19 Connection Challenge: Wait – Don’t Interrupt

We are in a hurry and we often will interrupt people when they are speaking, either to try to finish their thoughts for them or to make our voice heard. Resist this urge. Wait. Listen. Hear someone out. #bepresent #becurious #connectionchallenge