Connection makes you feel groovy. Human beings are designed to form deep, lasting, nurturing attachments to others. Caring for and engaging with others causes spikes in the levels of oxytocin (a bonding hormone that causes feelings of relaxation and contentment) and depresses levels of testosterone (an aggression hormone). Connection also improves your self-confidence and self-worth, helps you cope with stress and traumas such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or

Many companies fail to see the huge opportunities that eating lunch together with colleagues can bring. Here is an employee engagement idea for you. If you want to create a corporate culture of togetherness, engagement, camaraderie, where work colleagues become actual friends, using food as an excuse to connect may be just the ticket. Companies spend millions of dollars every year on team building activities, retreats and company-wide events all

Do you remember the Braveheart speech when Scottish hero William Wallace rallies his countrymen to freedom? I can’t remember the exact words but I do remember Wallace charging up and down the front lines on a white horse, the classic hero figure, getting his men all worked up before the final battle – which they ultimately win. I’m sure Wallace at the time was tapping into the most effective means

  One of our primary tools when we work with organizations is the roundtable. For many, the mere mention of the word evokes visions of the legendary knights of King Arthur’s court seated at a round table discussing matters of justice and honor. Today, I would like to deviate from this vision and propose the roundtable as a means for solving all sorts of problems – to be used in

I recently watched the Asch Conformity Experiment on YouTube. It was filmed in the late 1950’s and features a group of Brady Bunch-like looking students who carry out an experiment to determine the degree to which a group influences an individual. Although I’ve seen more current stuff on the influence of the environment on a person, most recently the Smoke Filled Room Study,  I noted that irrespective of when it

A few weeks ago my wife sent me a blog entry titled “The Feelgood Manager: Is ensuring workplace happiness a full-time job?” I added it to my growing collection of bookmarks fully aware that I had become a terrible pack-rat of unread articles and websites. Despite this tendency there was something in this title that captivated me. I kept thinking about it…feelgood manager. It sounded cool, maybe this was the