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3 Birds, 1 Scone: Building Connection in the Workplace

Even as a child, I remember being horrified at the phrase, “killing two birds with one stone.” The otherwise gentle people in my life took on sinister personas when discussing matters of efficiency. So, imagine my delight when shortly after entering the workforce, a British colleague introduced the kinder and gentler alternative, “feeding two birds with one scone.”

In today’s pressure-filled, fast-paced workplace, we tend to relish our “scones” — the singular actions that deliver multiple benefits. And for those in learning and development, a particularly tasty and useful one is connection — because connection feeds some of the most important and hungry birds in business, including learning, mental health and the clock.