How to Build Deep Connections

Team Anywhere Podcast Episode 2 how to build deep connections with stephanie morris

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In episode 2 of Team Anywhere, we interviewed Stephanie Morris, CEO of Shape America where she gave us the inside scoop on how to build deep connections.

Here are a few things we learned from her,

The First Rule to build Connection is that no matter what, everybody’s video camera is turned on. 

The Second Rule to build Connection is that we always really check in with each other at the beginning of the week.  What’s the week ahead look like? Are we feeling okay, how was our weekend? Do we have any stories to share? 

The Third Rule to build Connection is to create “water cooler chat.” Twice a week, send an email that is meant to share photos and share prompts to answer.

Email Prompt examples:

What are you looking forward to in 4-6 months?

What made your week?

The Fourth Rule to build Connection is on Fridays to share something that happened professionally within our organization, or something completely personal. 

The Fifth Rule is to push to the forefront of the conversation the social, emotional, and mental aspects of today’s work situation. And make it a part of the conversation.

If you want productivity, offer flexibility:  Trust your people and give them time to take care of themselves.

Keys to innovation when working from anywhere – Innovation comes from Happiness:  With flexibility comes happiness, energy, and more creative headspace.

Flexibility offers commitment across the team: With flexibility, team members make themselves available to their team members. As a result, team members are also there for the team leader.  Team members have the emotional energy and the bandwidth because they’re in this more flexible environment where they have more opportunity to breathe and take care of themselves and their families. 

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