The modern age has brought us unparalleled conveniences, lightning-fast information, and seemingly boundless connection points, yet many individuals find themselves feeling more isolated than ever. As U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy stated, “Our epidemic of loneliness and isolation has been an underappreciated public health crisis that has harmed individual and societal health.”
But amid this landscape, the power of human relationships shines brightly as a beacon of hope, offering healing and well-being. Among the luminaries working to harness this power is Jessie Jacob from Culture Amp, who recently shared her insights at a workshop set up by Covve titled, “Healthy Habits of Connection”.
Jessie Jacob and the Power of Connection
Jessie Jacob is not just a representative of Culture Amp; she leads their global ‘culture first’ community. At its heart, Culture Amp is an employee experience platform, creating software that facilitates enhanced communication between employers and their teams. Their overarching mission? To create a better world of work, a mission deeply resonated by Jessie. One of the vital components in this mission is fostering a genuine sense of belonging in workplaces.
The Learning Model and its Impact
One fascinating aspect of this workshop was its unique learning model, dubbed “I do, we do, you do.” In this model, panelists like Jessie first set an example by demonstrating a particular habit or tool. Then, another panelist gives it a try, attempting to emulate or adapt the habit to their style. Finally, attendees are encouraged to give it a shot. This approach ensures that the learning process is not passive; it’s active, engaging, and personal.
Diving into the Dance of Vulnerability
Jessie’s chosen activity, both powerful and simple, is termed “if you really knew me, you would know that.” This exercise is all about cultivating the courage to be vulnerable, a trait often misunderstood as a weakness but, in this context, is a powerful tool for forging connections, fostering belonging, and achieving acceptance. Jessie didn’t just describe the activity; she led by example, sharing intimate details about her background, her passions, the challenges she has overcome, and her accomplishments.
The impact of this vulnerability exercise on the participants was palpable. As they began to open up, a domino effect ensued. When one person showcased their vulnerabilities, it emboldened others to do the same. This process, as Jessie aptly termed, became a “dance of vulnerability.”
The Covve workshop, “Healthy Habits of Connection,” was more than just an event. It was a testament to the power of vulnerability, openness, and genuine connection. Jessie Jacob’s contribution, with her insightful activity, showcased that while technology has its place in fostering connections, the real depth of a connection comes when individuals open their hearts and share their stories.
As we look to build healthier habits of connection in an increasingly isolated world, the lesson is clear: true connection lies in the dance of vulnerability.
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Written on 16 Nov 2023.