The Importance of Staying Connected with Your Team at Work



Summary:

On this episode of FM Evolution, host Shawn Black was joined by Jim Robinson, CEO of CGP Maintenance and Construction Services, as well as an author, speaker, certified business coach, and chairman of a nonprofit. Throughout Jim’s extensive career, he’s had the opportunity to observe and experience changes in society that have impacted work environments both negatively and positively. So, this week, Shawn and Jim discussed the importance of staying connected with your team, the power of saying no, and how to be more present.

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Shownotes:

(0:37) Introduction to Jim

(2:38) Technologies Influence on Being Disconnected

(8:20) Dealing with Remote Teams

(11:46) Reconnecting Teams with Each Other

(12:53) Disconnection Fatigue

(22:10) The Power of Saying No

(28:20) Helping Teams Deal with Loneliness

(34:55) How to Be More Present

(38:34) Expanding Attention Spans

(39:55) Closing Thoughts

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Shawn Black

Jim Robinson

Quotes:

“...Let’s embrace the thing. Everything worth having can be a fight. It’s uphill. It’s on the top. It’s not at the bottom…It’s nowhere else but at the top, so let’s keep working. Let’s climb for this. Let’s love each other…Let’s do things better. Let’s do this together.” Jim Robinson, (6:46)

“You gotta do something. You gotta get together. Remote is great. It’s a great way to serve yourself and all your needs…That’s exciting. That’s fun. That’s cool. A lot of people love it, but the reality is they still want to connect…You gotta go connect to people because they deserve to connect.” Jim Robinson, (9:43)

“When you take a vacation and then you have to take a day off, you’re not doing it right. You’re supposed to be engaging people. You’re supposed to be having a good time. It’s why we’re out there trying to decompress.” Jim Robinson, (13:50)

“If you’re running from something and not gravitating to it to kick its butt and win, you’re gonna continue to lose because you’re always going to cut and run.” Jim Robinson, (17:02)

The Importance of Staying Connected with Your Team

On this episode of FM Evolution, host Shawn Black was joined by Jim Robinson, CEO of CGP Maintenance and Construction Services, as well as an author, speaker, certified business coach, and chairman of a nonprofit. Throughout Jim’s extensive career, he’s had the opportunity to observe and experience changes in society that have impacted work environments both negatively and positively. So, this week, Shawn and Jim discussed the importance of staying connected with your team, the power of saying no, and how to be more present.

How Technology Impacts Disconnection

In recent years, a majority of people have blamed the complexities of COVID for the disconnect between people, however, society has been shifting apart for several years now because we’ve just become less tolerant. We have opinions that now make us somehow or another more authoritative and we’re becoming less accepting of open-mindedness. As a society, over the past twelve years, we’ve slowly embraced this mentality that there’s a proverbial line and you have to be on one side of the line or the other and there’s no in between and no collaboration between the two sides. Ultimately, COVID was the last straw because it forced us to separate from our community physically, which resulted in us also separating mentally, emotionally, electronically, etc. This was difficult for a majority of people because, by nature, most of us are social beings. We crave being connected with others. Therefore, now more than ever, people want to feel included and accepted because we have involuntarily been deprived of that during the pandemic.

“...Let’s embrace the thing. Everything worth having can be a fight. It’s uphill. It’s on the top. It’s not at the bottom…It’s nowhere else but at the top, so let’s keep working. Let’s climb for this. Let’s love each other…Let’s do things better. Let’s do this together.” - Jim Robinson, (6:46)

Exhaustion as a Result of Being Disconnected

Oftentimes, when things start to feel hectic in our lives, we think, “I need a vacation.” However, oddly enough, when we do go on vacations, we end up saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation.” It seems backward that this is something that happens because we take vacations to disconnect, but then why is it so tiring when we disconnect? Why is sitting on a beach with a book for a few days exhausting? It’s because when we go on vacation with the intent to be alone, our social instincts start to fatigue because we’re not interacting and connecting with people. When you connect with people while you are away, you feel energized when you come back and you don’t have to decompress from your vacation. When you take time off, use it as a time to get some exposure to new things and you will come back inspired and/or more educated. Similarly to when things get complex and you have the urge to just sit on the couch and binge, at the end of your binge, you probably feel more groggy and unproductive than you did before. However, when you take time to rest productively, like engaging in simple activities like painting, baking, reading, etc. it gives your brain a break from the complexities without disconnecting completely.

“When you take a vacation and then you have to take a day off, you’re not doing it right. You’re supposed to be engaging people. You’re supposed to be having a good time. It’s why we’re out there trying to decompress.” - Jim Robinson, (13:50)

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