The odds are that you share at least one common interest with everyone on your team. Find out what it is for each person and having non-business conversations will be easy. Here’s a hint. The best way to find out is to listen.
This is only one of 347 tips in my ebook, Become a Better Boss One Tip at a Time.
I heartily agree that when individuals seek sweet spots of common interest they are more likely to connect and support each other. And that approach enables us to attract diverse allies where we can collectively see more sides of a situation (problem or opportunity) and make smarter decisions faster. Also to demonstrate an interest and gain a deeper understanding of someone else, ask follow-up questions. Note how rare that is. Also get specific sooner as specificity boosts your credibility and memorability. I offer over 60 actionable tips like this in Mutuality Matters. And I continue to learn from this blog and your books. Wally.
Thanks, Kare. The learning goes both ways.