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E16 - Latest Episode

How do we build connectedness as a team by sharing who we truly are?

How does all of life prepare us to connect more deeply to ourselves and each other?

How can we apply our connectedness to build a high performing team?

Listen to this podcast with special guest Robert Washington M.B.A MS, Microsoft sales leader, mixed martial arts pro-athlete and award-winning inspirational speaker and Hylke Faber.


How do you foster inspiration for your team in increasingly complex environment?

Join our next Episode of Connected Teamwork podcast on September 25 at noon PST for a conversation with Stephen Oommen.

Stephen is a Managing Director at Microsoft, and a sought after professional speaker. What sets Stephen apart is how he uses his personal philosophy of inspiring people to create life & love and translate revenue into actionable value. Stephen is a process-oriented leader with a commitment to authentic leadership and critical thinking.



How do you foster authentic connection and why connectedness matters during team’s most critical moments?

Join our next Episode of Connected Teamwork podcast on September 11 at noon PST for a conversation with Bob Fabien

Bob is the former Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Santa Clara University and a Senior Information Warfare Officer (CEO/GM level) in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Bob is recognized for his knowledge, vision, leadership, and collaborative style of effectively approaching a constantly evolving and complex area of information security and risk management. He demonstrates ability to establish positive internal and external C-level and boardroom relationships to effect significant change, drive a cybersecurity risk management strategy forward while enabling organizational growth.


How do we build deeper connectedness as a team when things are not going well?
How do we trust to lean more into each other when we feel stretched?

Setbacks are heat moments. Teams at their best use upsets as setups for learning and greater connectedness and impact. Disconnected teams can further disintegrate when things are not going well.
We can learn to approach challenges as core team defining moments. We can learn to be intentional about how we show up at our best and support others to do the same. As a team we can learn to use challenge to gain more perspective, strength and connection, and become even more purposeful.
In this episode we explore how we can maximize our team’s growth in times of challenge by being intentional about the energy we bring to these heat moments.



Giving feedback may be difficult. It may trigger fears that the conversation will damage the relationship or disrupt workflow. As a result, the feedback may come too late, be vague, or shared in the way that makes it very heavy.
Truly seeking and taking in feedback is also challenging. Our ego resists what it perceives as criticism, or threat to our security and feeling accepted by others. So, it is tempting to downplay the feedback, withdraw from the relationship, or, on the contrary, vehemently defend yourself. And yet regular feedback exchange is the basic element of a team’s effective functioning.
In this episode we explore how to cultivate feedback as intentional, day-to-day connecting practice.


Have you ever failed to meet your commitment while working on a team? How did you feel?

What if someone else does not deliver upon their word?

Team work assumes interdependency. It’s hard to reach a team outcome if one of us does not play their part. At the same time we have multiple challenges, team priorities change, coordination takes time while things beyond our control keep happening.

In this episode we talk about managing commitments and how to make sure that our word counts to each other in our next episode of the Connected Teamwork Podcast.



What do you love about team decision-making and what do you don´t like about it?  
Decisions made collectively may incorporate diverse perspectives, ensure shared responsibility, have better follow up and execution.
At the same time team decision-making is often be time-consuming, requires a lot of communication and coordination, and may lead to suboptimal outcomes in cases of groupthink, dividing conflict or unequal participation because of dominance.

In our next episode of Connected Teamwork Podcast we will discuss our experience and tips related to effective decision-making by the teams.


Think about the situation when your team has collectively experienced an insight, which lead to greater results or better process.

What kind of practices are critical for truly learning and changing as a team?

When and why should team members de-brief together and how to go about it?

In this episode of Connected Teamwork Podcast we will discuss the role of team reflection in supporting a culture of high performance and continuous improvement.



How do we grow as leaders?
Self-reflection and self-awareness are paramount to effective team leadership.
You don’t develop true wisdom and integrity without a regular practice of reflecting upon your decisions and actions and their impact on your life and the lives of others.
How are you growing as a leader and as a human being through being part of the team? 
What valuable lessons have you learned from observing, listening and working with others?


How do you set up a foundation for growth and human connection on a new or start-up team?

Learn from our guests Flora Muglia and Lauren Marturano, of Zinnia,  who shared with us about how to:

🔗 foster connection internally as they build their team from the ground up, and

🔗 cultivate connection externally to create a successful brand that in turn helps their customers drive deeper relationship with their clients and prospects.



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Serving together: What is your experience with giving?

Chances are you felt a sense of flow, humility and gentleness. Shifting from getting mindset to a giving one is letting go of our small-self ego. We focus instead on putting ourselves in service to a greater whole together. How can you help your team tap into this energy of service where you enter the marketplace with helping hands together?

Join Microsoft Sales Leader and best-selling author Carson V. HeadyGrowth Leaders Network (GLN) Coach and Founder, and award-winning author Hylke Faber and GLN Partner and former CEO of Mary Kay Ukraine, Olena Sergeeva, as they explore together with their guests what helps people truly thrive together.
And a bow of gratitude to Fred Kofman who coined the phrase ‘entering the marketplace with helping hands.’


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Think about a situation when you felt really appreciated. What happened? How did you feel and how it affected your relationship with the person, your energy and motivation to contribute?

Often in our teamwork we tend to focus on outcomes and what needs to be done to bring them about. We address challenges and may become stressed out and super serious in the process.

Meanwhile, it is the genuine smiles and the lightness, it is the sense of being appreciated and feeling deep gratitude that truly helps us thrive together.

We will explore these topics in our next episode of Connected Teamwork with Hylke FaberCarson V. HeadyOlena Sergeeva



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How do you identify team’s higher purpose and stay true to it? How do you align what is meaningful and inspirational to you with the objectives and the creative energy of others? How do you make sure that goals are empowering and allowing for growth?

In our next episode of the Connected Teamwork podcast we will focus on how to practice connectedness while tackling the challenges of team goal-setting and goal alignment.

Join Microsoft Sales Leader and best-selling author Carson V. Heady, Growth Leaders Network (GLN) Coach and Founder, and award-winning author Hylke Faber and GLN Coach and former CEO of Mary Kay Ukraine, Olena Sergeeva, as they explore together with their guests what helps people truly thrive together.


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Truth is about recognising what is true for you and what is true for others, about creating work environment that allows everyone to connect more deeply to their true potential. This also means undoing what is not true – fear, confusion, doubt, guilt, hurt, withdrawal. The distortion of truth becomes obsession – overthinking, distrust, self-absorption, trying to prove some self-image.
Love is about kindness and empathy, and recognising where you are and where everyone is. Accepting the imperfections, the ambiguities, the differences. The distortion of love is judgement, skepticism, disregard, making others feel small.
Service is about purposefulness, about aligning intentions and keeping focus on progress and on the bigger goal. It shows up in how we handle meetings, set metrics, resolve disagreements, prioritize, address challenges. The distortion of this is overcontrolling – micro-management, perfectionism, pressure, blame, “I better do it myself”, overworking, disconnect in individual agendas and goals.



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Truly connecting while collaborating on a team needs everyone’s engagement, everyone being present. This is not automatically happening simply because you have a meeting scheduled and team members made it there. 
During our last week’s podcast Trudi Mixon made an excellent recommendation of using a question “What is distracting you right now?” during team check-in at the beginning of the meeting.
In this week’s Connected Teamwork podcast (see link in the comments) Carson V. Heady and Olena Sergeeva further focused on the challenge of aligning team’s intentions and creating a flow of productive energy while recognising various distractors within the team.

Such distractors may relate to personal issues; communication overload; challenges with technology; multitasking; anxiety over performance or relationships, etc. Distractors mean that each of us is only partially present, thus, limiting access to team’s resourcefulness and interconnectedness.


If you want to enjoy your team work more take a look at our first episode of Connected Teamwork Podcast co-hosted by me, Hylke Faber and Carson V. Heady.

Each episode has a practical tool that we encourage you to use to enhance Connectedness. By connectedness we mean:
- being centered in what’s true for you right now;
- being aware of what’s happening with others and authentically connecting to them;
- focusing on intentions in the moment and connecting to the goals and task at hand.
Here is the Team Connect Practice #1 which is both simple and very powerful.
Start all your team meetings with a check-in inviting each person to take turns and answer the following questions:
1)   How are you feeling?
2)   How are you growing?
3)   What is your intention for the meeting?

Learn more about this practice in our weekly podcast!



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