Where everybody knows your name
And they’re always glad you came . . .
That’s how I feel when I come to GCC every day. I’ve been building relationships here since 2003, and I value them deeply.
I like feeling known. I like feeling that I’m on a team with like-minded people. I like to feel that we’re all solving problems on behalf of our students.
Anyone who knows me knows that I build relationships around food and exercise. One of my mentors told me about the psychological impact of offering a snack. She said that it hearkens back to stone-age times. Offering something to your guest sends the signal that you have your own food; you won’t eat them. Ha!
The biggest barrier to relationships for me is time. If we stay busy being busy, we don’t have time to listen to each other. I’m always looking for ways to add breathing space to my day so that I can connect with someone. Exercising with colleagues allows me to do that. Want to brainstorm? Let’s take a walk!