As humans, we are designed to thrive in safe environments. Trust comes from having a secure bond with each other. When you know you have each other’s back, you will respond to concerns differently, you feel valued and important, you will feel more confident in exploring opportunities and taking risks.
Research shows that the more secure and safe everyone is on your team or board, the stronger and more cohesive you will be in working together. The longing for connection is in each of us; it is wired-in and is the most powerful motivational force in our brain, and it is intangible.
The Emotional Connection (EmC) is based on understanding and awareness of emotions and vulnerabilities as they happen. Emotion tells us what really matters to people, along with their needs to feel safe and connected.
- Emotional Accessibility. The ability to accurately recognize and express emotions.
- Emotional Balance is the ability to step out of the negative interactions and reestablish a connection with each other.
The pattern of interaction is made up of your understanding of the steps each person takes to create the current pattern of interaction and the steps they can take to change it.
- Emotional Engagement is the ability to stay emotionally present and engaged even though you are feeling stressed.
- Emotional Responsiveness is your ability to understand and co-regulate emotions in yourself and others to mitigate disconnections and maintain positive patterns of interactions.
EmC is a 3-stage delineated process to transform a negative cycle of interaction into a positive one.
In Stage 1, you focus on creating emotional safety to address the disconnect that is occurring and identifying
the steps of the negative cycle.
In Stage 2, you transform the negative cycle into one of greater accessibility, responsiveness, and engagement.
In Stage 3, you integrate and validate the new positive cycle through bonding moments that reconnect people and fuel their creative energy.
Creating emotional connection builds stronger bonds that affect how you make decisions, how you interact with each other, manage change and address challenges when striving to achieve positive results.
Emotional Connection and Performance
By paying attention to emotional cues, each person is able to maintain their interaction in a collaborative and engaging style, creating safety for themselves and each person in the company. Studies have shown that through the process of emotional connection people start to deal with their emotions differently.
They become more productive and collaborative with each other. They are much more emotionally balanced and help each other in addressing challenges together. They know how to call for each other and create moments of connection. They might flip into anger or poking or withdrawal at times, but they don’t stay there. They help each other out of these negative patterns so they can stay accessible, responsive and engaged.
Emotional Connection and Development
When you approach leadership, team and board development that is based on this new science of emotional connection, you have the most amazing arena for change. Nothing grows people more like emotional connection. We get more individual change when we work with a whole team than when we work with individuals because people grow each other.
The Emotional Connection (EmC) Process offers you a whole new world that is amazingly exciting and can take you places that you’ve never been before, allowing to contribute in a way that you’ve never been able to contribute to because we are homo-vinculum, we are the ones who bond.