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Transform Your Workplace

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Oct 22, 2019

As social beings, we are wired to connect. It’s part of our DNA. And communication has never been easier than now with the introduction of the internet and social media that allows us to be more interconnected. 

Despite all of that, many still feel isolated and disconnected, especially in the workplace. How do we take action and create more engagement at work and connectedness with others?

Take the first step in connecting and approaching others in a friendly way as Dr. Melanie Katzman reveals how through her new book “Connect First: 52 Simple Ways to Ignite Success, Meaning, and Joy at Work ”.

Dr. Melanie Katzman is a business psychologist, advisor, consultant to the world’s top public and private companies, government agencies,  and nonprofits. She is also the founder of Katzman consulting and the founding partner of the social enterprise Leader’s Quest.

In this episode, Dr. Katzman shares 52 actions you can do to forge deeper bonds with your colleagues. These steps are the same techniques she used with leaders and employees from top companies around the world. We’re also going to know the reason why she decided to write the book and why Connect First is the cheapest transformation program any HR person or Manager will ever come across!

This episode is jam-packed with ideas that are actionable and easy to implement. So make sure you go grab a pen and a paper to write them all down!  

Grab a copy of Dr. Katzman’s book here!

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The reason why Melanie decided to write Connect First
  • Bringing emotion into the workplace 
  • Why Connect First book is the cheapest transformation program that you’ll ever come across 
  • Taking a pause and checking your own emotional state
  • Smiling and establishing respect
  • How the word thank you can transform the way we interact with people
  • Different ways we can acknowledge others
  • Appropriate touch
  • Abundance mindset vs. a scarcity mindset
  • Becoming a magnet person
  • Melanie’s thoughts on aging at work


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More about Melanie Katzman:

Dr. Melanie Katzman is a business psychologist, advisor, and consultant to the world’s top public and private companies, as well as governmental and nonprofit institutions. A sought-after expert in executive development, group dynamics, and leadership diversity, she founded Katzman Consulting in 1999 and has worked with businesses--including Accenture, Bain Consulting, Goldman Sachs, MTV, PwC, and Viacom--in 31 countries.

A busy speaker, Katzman is also a founding partner of the global nonprofit Leaders’ Quest, which serves a community of 12,000 members and facilitates cross-sector strategic discussions on pressing economic and social problems. Katzman was a Senior Fellow at The Wharton School’s Center for Leadership and Change Management and has held faculty positions in psychiatry at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center, the University of London, and the Chinese University in Hong Kong.

Katzman co-created and was co-host of the show Women@Work on Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 132. She has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Vanity Fair, O Magazine, and on ABC, CBS, and Lifetime.

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