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The Value of Connection in Teams

Connection is about living our values, aligning with our purpose, and connecting as humans.

What is Connection?

"Connection is the energy between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship" - Brené Brown, British-educated American professor, author, and podcast host. Brown is renowned for her work on shame, vulnerability, and leadership.

Why is connection important in high-performing teams?

When team members feel connected, they trust each other more, express ideas freely, take risks, and show vulnerability. Building connection in a team requires time and the courage to be vulnerable. Teams who embrace vulnerability enhance their creativity and innovation.

How values help teams build connection:

When a team understands their shared values, it fosters a sense of belonging and connection. These values, such as being people-centric, eager to learn and grow together, and passionate about their work and the communities they serve, are strengths in action.

How a clearly defined purpose builds team connection:

High-performing teams are clear about their purpose. This clarity connects the team to the meaning behind their work, enabling them to navigate vital conversations, take calculated risks, and adapt to changing environments.

Brené Brown's insightful Netflix documentary "The Power of Vulnerability" leads her to conclude that we are "hardwired to connect with others; it's what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it, there is suffering." High-performing, strong, successful teams prioritise ensuring that all members feel seen, heard, and valued.

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