A couple of years back I received a copy of Imagine, a small booklet written and designed by Synectics, Inc. to give people a bit of the feel for the work they do in fostering creativity and innovation in organizations.
One of the ways in which we can foster productive and creative environments is by using language that promotes and facilitates connection-making.
What other words and phrases could we use for connecting?
Joining in, asking permission, inspiring, energizing, motivating, supporting, fostering leadership in others all come to mind.
When all else fails, a good sense of humor saves the day every time.