Actionable advice for restoring joy and amplifying success at work through the power of human connection.
Learn to Connect First as humans— and then as colleagues, coworkers and community members. It’s the solution to almost any conflict.
A renowned business psychologist, advisor, and consultant to the world’s leading companies reveals the key to greater success, meaning, and joy at work
Technology has enabled us to be more interconnected today than ever before. So why do so many of us feel isolated and undervalued at work? Why does it feel like something is missing? It doesn’t have to be this way. In these rapidly changing, challenging times, how do we―YOU―develop the intuition, self-awareness, and interpersonal agility required to prosper?
Here’s what we’ve lost track of: organizations are run by people, and people run on emotions. Strong relationships are the bedrock of lasting success, meaning, and joy at work. Learn how to:
- Establish respect and make others feel valued
- Engage all of your senses to create a truly inclusive culture
- Become popular and be the person everyone wants to work with
- Grow loyalty by making it about them―your coworkers
- Resolve conflicts by remaining curious and open with others
- Fight fear (and prepare for the future) by stepping outside your comfort zone and experimenting with new ideas
- Have a big impact by leveraging your platform, living your values, and leading the change
Dr. Katzman presents 52 actions you can take immediately to create a deeply rewarding work life by connecting to yourself, your organization, and the world at large. These are the same powerful techniques she has used with leaders and employees at the world’s top companies to enhance productivity and foster fulfillment and joy at work―the hallmarks of true success.
We are all starving to connect and somehow forgot the basics of how to do it. With CONNECT FIRST, Melanie cracks the code on how to tap into our humanity in order to influence others, be successful, and live a fuller life. Simple and sophisticated tools we all desperately need and didn’t even know it. Thank you, Melanie.”
Absolutely terrific! In clear prose, Melanie Katzman distills the insights and lessons from over 30 years of studying behavior in the workplace. There is something for everyone: graduates starting their first jobs, newly promoted managers, and veteran CEOs. I only wish I had this wise advice at the beginning of my career.”
In this dynamic, digitalized, and radically changing world, never before has instilling meaning and purpose in our work and deepening connections with others been more important. Drawing on her extensive experience as trusted advisor to senior executives, Melanie offers a wealth of actionable insights which are grounded in neuroscience and psychology and vividly brought to life through case studies. CONNECT FIRST is an invaluable resource.”
I found myself mid-chapter, putting this book down and instantly emailing one of my producers to tell her ‘thank you’ for an error she caught on my show yesterday just before I went live! This book is full of brilliant actionable items that we ALL can do to connect, be better employees, be better humans.”
People often ask, what’s the appropriate way to show my colleagues that I care about them at a human level? Drawn from Katzman’s extensive expertise as a psychologist and coach, CONNECT FIRST is a treasure trove of actionable techniques you can use every day to build strong relationships at work. Once you apply them, you'll enjoy your work—and the people you work with—so much more that you’ll do the best work of your life.”