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Out with the Old, In with ‘Creating New’

Set routines help us get things done, and they offer much more reliability than creating something new. After all, what if that new coffee place down the block serves us the wrong order? Now we are five minutes late. Unfortunately, though, the same mindset usually...

Open Minds Open Doors

Have you ever met somebody who loves to be right? More than that, they have the need to be right? It's a mindset easy to spot in others, but have you ever been that person? One dynamic that arises when we think we know everything is this...

Is it Time to Kick Assumptions to the Curb?

Our brains are wired to make assumptions. We do it all the time. We make assumptions about how the world is, and live as if those assumptions are true. By doing this, though, we are limiting ourselves to possibilities on the other side of our inhibitions. Consider...

1 Simple Hack to Dissolve Bad Communication

The first We & Me Model Dynamic talked about feeling connected and alone, and how feeling connected was in direct correlation with feeling valued and understood. This time around, we are going to discuss how certain aspects of your interactions can invoke these...

The Value of Lending an Ear

By this point, you know the difference between a “we” and “me” mindset, and a few characteristics that fall under each category. This article discusses the difference between listening to win and listening to understand, and how they fit in. Despite the alluring name,...

2 Mindsets to Create Belonging at Work: Are you Connected or Alone?

Our last article touched a little on what exactly it means to have either a “we” or “me” mindset. To go a little more in depth, it might help to first nerd out on how our brains generally work. Usually it is in one of those two mindsets. Our brain’s amygdala controls...

Hello to the We & Me Model

We named our company We and Me, Inc. because we strongly believe in the power of working strongly together. Also, after going in and partnering with dozens of organizations, we noticed a pattern in the dynamics that caused some teams to thrive—and others to struggle....

The Art of Asking Questions to Spark Creativity

“Questions have this really amazing ability to be keys that unlock information inside of people that allow you to start establishing a relationship of trust.” When someone shares an idea with us, what should our first instinct be? Do we go along with it? Do we ask...

Improving Company Meetings for a Happier Workplace

Office meetings are often portrayed as boring and a waste of time, but anyone who facilitates them knows they are anything but that. American fashion designer, Eileen Fisher, starts off each of her meetings with what We!™ calls “connection before content.” This means...

2 Activities to Build Trust and Effective Communication at Work

As Frank Sonnenberg once said, "Trust is like blood pressure. It's silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly.” We!™ believes that trust is a crucial foundation for establishing a healthy and happy work environment. Unfortunately, fast-paced work...

“We” Focused Communication at JetBlue

Every company, every place in general has its own atmosphere. And it's own communication style. It's own company culture. The clean and professional atmosphere is sensed immediately as one enters JetBlue’s headquarters, but there is also a burst of friendly color to...

5 Essential Questions for a Happy and Successful Life

Harvard’s College of Education Dean, James Ryan, recently gave a speech to the year’s graduating class about the 5 essential questions to ask for a successful and happy life. Regardless of life’s barriers, both personal and professional, there are ways to establish...

3 Easy Steps for a Communication-Friendly Workplace

It is no secret that We!™ considers communication to be the key to a positive and efficient work environment. Officevibe shared an article that outlined three specific ways to create friendly, yet effective, communication in the workplace. 1.) Do what you want to see...

Trust and Leadership Lessons @ United Airlines

Leading a company focused on putting people first and great leadership, naturally, I was intrigued by how United Airlines' CEO, Oscar Munoz, would handle their "public relations crisis." And today, a letter went out to all customers. It was titled: Actions Speak...

4 Company Culture Lessons @ Airbnb

After speaking at a conference in San Francisco, I got a chance to spend some time at Airbnb Headquarters. Having been to dozens of company headquarters, this one really stood out. All their offices are modeled after exact replicas of popular listings, they had a 50...

3 Ways to Create a Culture of Connection @ LinkedIn

Feeling lost after navigating a maze of parking lots, I finally found myself in the lobby of LinkedIn at their headquarters in Mountain View, CA. In under a minute, I felt welcome in the space of this behemoth social network company. How though? Upon reflection, I...

4 Characteristics of Powerful Questions

Last week, We!™ facilitated an experiential training program for 30 managers in a 400-person transportation company. Their goals? 1.) Build relationships of trust. 2.) Reduce turnover. Will and I set out to design the most engaging, experiential program...

Cause Impacts Culture @ Highland Brewing Company

Imagine hiking to the top of a mountain that is named after a seasonal  beer. At Highland Brewing Company, that is part of the job description. This experience is offered to the public five times a year. It’s led by a member of the Southern Appalachian Highlands...

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