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Evaluate how you build stronger emotional connections with others. Based on your assessment, use the space provided to identify the approaches you want to master and how you plan to embrace them.


Commit to becoming “in the moment.”



Improve how I engage by:

  • Increasing direct eye contact in meetings
  • Calling each person by name in our discussion
  • Offering genuine compliments in meetings to foster positive emotions

For example:

  • I welcome your comments and questions.
  • I view our relationship as a partnership.
  • What would have to happen for you to consider our relationship a success?


Solicit feedback on my ideas.

Learn more about the reasoning behind someone’s views when they don’t align with mine.


After sharing an idea or opinion, pause and ask the other person to offer his/her views on what he/she heard.

Instead of simply disagreeing with someone’s opinion, ask, “Can you share with me what led to you to feel that way?”


Reflect on how I may have been perceived.



Candidly assess what went well in the meeting while also identifying areas for improvement.

Identify ways to better engage based on areas identified for improvement.

Print a copy of your worksheet for your records

Well done! You’ve created a personalized plan to become a better collaborator.

You are on your way to chase positivity by:

  • Identifying ways to enhance how you collaborate consciously with others
  • Establishing goals for personal development and growth
  • Creating an action plan to achieve results

We encourage you to periodically review your progress against the plan and fine-tune your activities as needed.

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