Did you know that connecting with another person satisfies the deepest longings of the human heart? Yes, but how do you connect with someone not like you? Remember, the way we see another person affects the way we value that person. Often, if you know little about another person, you care even less. And if you perceive that a person is not like you, you may not be motivated to connect with them.
Connecting with someone like you is easy. We call this homophily. It means we bond with people that are like us because we share common characteristics. It comes more naturally. But how do we connect with someone who is very different from you?
Pick three differences between you and the other person.
Explore each difference with compassionate curiosity and then find connections between each of those differences.
Express appreciation for the person, the differences, and the connections you have made.
To assess your personal impact on the psychological safety of your team, ask yourself the following seven questions:
Consider this: We include naturally in childhood and exclude unnaturally in adulthood. Why? Exclusionary behavior is learned behavior, the result of bias acquired through socialization. That bias may be conscious or unconscious. How, then, do you root out exclusionary bias, behavior, and policy?
Innovation is a team sport. It comes easier and faster when you work together. If you're going to create solutions to difficult problems or find new ways to exploit opportunities you'll need innovation. Here are the five steps to innovating with your team: