Building Team Connection

As a leader, I tend towards necessities over niceties: hire smart, be respectful, offer unwavering support, and get out of the way. Let your team do what it does best and it will thrive.

This is all well and good except that a team is not an "it."

Photo credit: iStockphoto

Photo credit: iStockphoto

There is a lot we can talk about when it comes to teams. For today, let's take a small bite and talk about connection.

Teams will not perform at their best if the team members are disconnected from each other. Connection doesn't just happen so leaders must create opportunities for team members to interact positively with each other.

Think communication.

Create opportunities for relaxed and natural communication for your team:

  • Have a 10 minute morning huddle that is short on business and high on interaction.
  • Incorporate peer-to-peer recognition into daily huddles, team meetings or activities.
  • Involve every member of the team in weekly updates and keep your agendas loose.

Think fun.

Create non-cheesy opportunities for your team to let their guard down and laugh.

  • Have a weekly riddle with a small prize for the first to guess the right answer.
  • Revise the break schedule so the team can take a break at the same time.
  • Break the routine. Get out of the office, the building or prescribed roles.

Do the ideas above seem simplistic? Think again. Actually, don't think again. This is not difficult, don't try to make it so. You don't have to do this on your own. Actually, you can't do this on your own - you need people to make this work.

Take your all employee survey scores seriously, ask questions, listen to the responses and take action. Let your team do what it does best and it will thrive.

You can do this.

Building Team Connection by Lisa Rosendahl first appeared on


Words by Friends

It's Monday night and I realize I don't have a post ready for tomorrow. The thought of throwing one together to fill the space crossed my mind but I've been there before and it doesn't feel good after it's done.



Here's what I'd like to do instead. I'd like to take a few minutes to introduce you to other bloggers I turn to regularly:

  • If you are a supervisor and want to be better, you should be reading the Three Star Leadership Blog by Wally Bock.
  • If you are interested in women, leadership and the musings of a professional people-watcher, then The People Equation by Jennifer V. Miller is a blog for you.
  • When it comes to keeping priorities straight, Deirdre Honner, The HR Maven sets the standard for me, and is an HR pro to learn from.
  • Want to know what's on the mind of women (and men) in HR? Check out Women of HR for over 25 of the most inspiring and smart voices in the space.

Ok, you've got me. These are all friends of mine and I have a bunch more in my reader, Twitter feed, Facebook page and LinkedIn profile. I read to learn - and my reading is not limited to those I've eaten with - but reading a post by someone I know is like getting a letter from a friend. 

Friends, you know who you are, keep writing, keep speaking and keep bringing sanity to what can be a bit of an insane space. You are amazing.

Words are just words and they mean more when you know a the person behind them. Who's words resonate most with you?