My older brother recently bought a Jeep. When he was down for a visit, he let me take it for a spin. I’ll tell you, even when you’re an adult, you still feel cool when your big brother lets you drive his new set of wheels.
While we were driving, we met another Jeep on the road. “Watch this,” he said. “That person is going to wave at us.”
Sure enough, the person gave us a cheery wave when they drove past. Ever since he’d gotten the Jeep, other Jeep owners had started waving at him on the road. He knew none of them, but by virtues of his new vehicle, he’d entered a special club.
As humans, we strive to build communities with others. We want to find those who are like us and build a place to belong. And when we find those people, we go out of our way to connect, collaborate, share, and help one another. The logic goes, if I see that you are like me, I will help you because at some point I may need you to help me. This is the power of community.
The more we embrace the idea of finding and nurturing connections in our organizations, the stronger and better our teams will be. There is no driving force stronger than a group of people who feel like they are in it together.
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
- What communities are you part of?
- What do you feel like when you are part of a community? What are the benefits?
- What can you do in your organization to build a stronger sense of community?