Connect First

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.

Here’s A Talk with Melanie Katzman, author of CONNECT FIRST

References and Resources to help you CONNECT FIRST