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

Day 18 Connection Challenge: Be More Generous

When we give to others, they are more likely to give back, and this creates a foundation for stronger relationships. Reflect back on the times in your life when you were most generous; experts say this will motivate you to be more generous today. #begiving #connectionchallenge

Day 17 Connection Challenge: Share a Hot Drink

Yale University psychologists have found that people judged others to be more generous and caring if they had just held a warm cup of coffee. Invite a colleague for a cup of tea or coffee and strengthen your connection. #begiving #connectionchallenge

Day 16 Connection Challenge: Reconnect with the Past

Do you have an old colleague or manager you’d like to acknowledge for past support? Take the time today to let them know: Send an email, make a call or send a message via social media. Or maybe even write an old-fashioned card. #begiving #betransparent #beauthentic #connectionchallenge

Day 15 Connection Challenge: Have a Laugh

Sharing a laugh with your colleagues exposes vulnerability that can increase trust and subsequently improve productivity, learning and team effectiveness.  #beauthentic #beinclusive #connectionchallenge

Day 14 Connection Challenge: Seek out a Diverse Opinion

Before making a decision today, go ask the opinion of someone who is likely to have a different viewpoint. Not only does this help encourage better, more creative solutions, it helps build trust. #beinclusive #betransparent #becurious #connectionchallenge

Day 13 Connection Challenge: Don’t Jump to Solutions

In business we are often rewarded for taking decisive action. But when we keep our minds open slightly longer and ask questions to learn more, we often find we come up with better solutions. Try to pause before deciding today. #beinclusive #becurious #connectionchallenge

Day 12 Connection Challenge: Get Active

Just 20 minutes of moderate daily exercise can make you happier and more productive. If possible, squeeze a walk, run, cycle ride or other workout into your schedule today. If not, add something active to your diary for the coming week. #bepresent #connectionchallenge