In today’s analytic, results-driven workplaces, you might think “being social” doesn’t play a role in success. But you’d be wrong…
The key to happiness – it’s not what you think
Since my college psychology classes, new discoveries about the brain have toppled that ancient pyramid known as Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”. Recent science now proves that our brains are wired to be social, with an urge to connect with others that’s equally as strong as our essential need for food and shelter – motivating us to live, play and, yes – even work together.
UCLA psychologist Matthew Lieberman explores the ground-breaking neuroscience behind our need to be social in his book Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect. Using new brain imaging tools, he’s shown that developing strong connections in our lives is the secret to making us smarter, happier, and more productive.
The implications for meetings?
Building in opportunities to socialize, connect, collaborate and share memorable experiences during business events just makes good sense.
Cruising – the bold and experiential choice
Besides the cost-savings (dining, entertainment, meeting space and AV included) and travel advantages (visiting different ports of call), the self-contained environment of a ship brings people together in a stimulating new environment where they will simultaneously experience a deeper level of connecting. The following metaphor will make it clear:
Being stuck in an elevator – a metaphor
Recall that time you got stuck in an elevator? At first you turned inward – frustrated or perhaps angry, preoccupied with your private thoughts or worried about this disruption, avoiding eye contact with others, wondering how long it would take, etc. But then, as it became clear it wasn’t a quick fix, something shifted!
You realized you’d be together with these people for awhile, so you looked around, really seeing each one for the first time. You smiled, said something funny to break the ice, and all of a sudden you were no longer strangers, but fellow-humans sharing an experience. Feeling closer, you each dropped your guard and prepared to make the best of it together, knowing you’d have a fine story to share later.
Now, I’m not saying that being on a cruise is like being stuck in an elevator! So stay with me and imagine — as your ship gets underway, taking you out to sea, away from your everyday life — your brain immediately shifts into a joyful bonding mode, because you know you’re starting and ending together as colleagues, connected in sharing this exciting new experience! The brain is such a wonderful thing…
You Can’t Build a Rocket by Yourself
The desire to connect and collaborate is fundamental to success – in life and business. As Dr. Lieberman reminds us in this recent TEDx Talk, “You can’t build a rocket by yourself.”