What I really care about is relationships. I always want to connect on a deeper level with the people around me. Luckily, in my work as a coach and trainer it is my job to do just that and to understand what occupies the mind and heart of my clients.
What I know is that relationships really matter. A famous study from Harvard says “The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health” so “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is an important form of self-care too.”
Also, in her book called ‘The Top Five Regrets of the Dying’ Bronnie Ware points out that what people on their deathbed regret most, is not having spent enough time relating with relatives and friends. And at the same time they regret not having had the courage to express their feelings to really connect in meaningful ways with those relatives and friends.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic started, many people have become aware of the impact the restrictions have (had) on their relationships. Their mental and emotional wellbeing has been impacted and often their general outlook on life and work too. Some people have been at ease, some thriving and some withered. Some people are still trying to make sense of it all. So there has been a seismic change in how people interact with each other, in the attitudes and ethics in the workplace.
We notice many people are back to business as usual and do small talk AS IF NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. Stepping over life-changing events or/and ignoring emotional issues or new attitudes and work ethics, erode relationships in our organizations. It means we are still locked down in some way.
So here is the thing we worry about; are you equipped to talk about these topics in your team?
- How to process the experiences during the Covid-19 period
- How to (re)connect in a hybrid work environment
- How to redefine safety
- How to deal with uncertainty and complexity
- How to renew relationships
- How to bring a new self and new insights into the workplace
- How to shape the future
And here is the topic: how do we conduct meaningful conversations from a loving place?