If you can connect with people, you can build the future


Why is connecting with people important to me?

One of my daily habits, it to invest time connecting with people, as well as helping them connect with others.

Here is a definition I have found interesting:

Connecting with someone means feeling like you deeply understand and share the same vision with him/her. The purpose of connecting is to develop a deeper relationship that will help you to get more out of your friendship, your romantic relationship..etc. You get better at it by understanding how others think and interact.

When I have developed a connection with someone else I am able to:

  • Truly understand the world from its eyes.
  • Share experiences, values, ideas that would inspire each other to learn something new.
  • Validate my perceptions about how the other person interacts and think with me and others.
  • Improve the way we communicate, collaborate and finally do things together.
  • Share and spread love through the energy released by our connection.
  • Create a future that's reachable, possible, attainable.

By developing deep connections, I have been able to identify potential areas of improvement for myself, a given team or organization. It has helped me with exploring touchy areas, unexplored territories, empathize and ease my path to become a better leader, help me improve my performance, survive and thrive personally and professionally.

How do I do to connect with someone, and how does it help me at the workplace?

  • I start by learning more about that person through curiosity. A one on one meeting, or a virtual coffee could be a good way to go.
  • I genuinely show that I want to learn more about their story and know about what brought them to the place we are sharing at the moment we meet.
    • These are my favourite ways to start connecting. I might do that by:
      • Listening to understand
      • Asking open-ended questions to understand.
      • Gaining context and learning more about the stories that the person I am meeting is willing to share.
      • Being fully present.
      • Staying truth to self.
      • Being generous with self and the one in front of self.
      • Avoiding assumptions
      • Staying curious.

What's the value of connecting with people for me as an individual, team member or organization employee?

Collectively we could:

  • Develop ideas and be able to innovate.
  • Inspire each other to change/improve ourselves.
  • Learn new things.
  • Inspire others to connect with each other.
  • Build a network based on trust, where everything might be possible.
  • Get new perspectives.
  • Empathize with others.
  • Develop friendships for life.
  • Ease communication, interactions and collaboration.
  • Stay motivated to inspect and adapt.
  • Growth.

What about you?

  • What do you connect with someone else?
  • How do you do it? What's your favourite approach?
  • What's the value connecting with someone else has for you?
  • What is holding back to start now?

My invitation is to create the future you believe in by investing time connecting people 

I personally thank you for reading my article. I celebrate your courage, bravery, perseverance and resiliency.

Please take a deep breath, keep yourself and others around you safe, and remember that:

No matter what happens, I strongly believe that we are incredibly better together!