Good Morning Friends!
We live in an age of distraction with 24/7 news cycles. We are facing a global health crisis, economic meltdown, an absence of leadership… the list goes on. It’s easy to get disconnected from that which is most important.
Yes, we are the most connected we have ever been thanks to technologies like cell phones, social media, and Zoom. But are we meaningfully connected? After all, technology can create a false sense of intimacy.
We can scan social media and respond with passive “likes” or a cute emoji. But is that about connecting or just checking a box? Through automation and scheduling, we will never miss sending that Happy Birthday text. And exactly how many Zoom meetings can we be actively present in?
The truth is that our relationships are at risk. We are turning personal, enduring relationships into transactions paving the way to disconnection, isolation, and loneliness.
Intentional Leaders understand the importance of connectedness, to one’s self but more importantly to others. They are present and in service of their teams, no matter how challenging the times. If trust is the currency of Intentional Leadership, connection is the linchpin.
So today, check in on your level of connectedness. Are relationships slipping through the crack or growing stronger? Are you checking in on your team? Are you present even while physically distanced?
Create the Right Culture
Connectedness is a central force for thriving organizations. Did you know that when 6 out of 10 employees have a “best friend” at work, organizations see 36% fewer safety incidents and 12% higher profit? Learn more about the power of connectedness and its direct impact on culture here.
[Video] Connectedness as a Strength
CliftonStrengths Assessment measures your specific order of 34 strengths themes. This is your talent DNA. One theme that all individuals have is Connectedness (more on that here). Whether it’s one of your core strengths or not, you have the talent for Connectedness. Check out this video from Gallup (click here) to better understand the power of the connection.
TED: A Wish for Our Children
Many researchers refer to loneliness as one of the greatest pandemics of all time. This is true at all ages and is particularly dangerous for children. So how are we ensuring that our kids feel connected? This TED (click here) reinforces the danger of even one kid feeling excluded.
Pause with Emotions
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
Connection in its most beautiful, simplest form. Just one small gesture can change someone’s world. So, how can you change someone’s life today?