Working in an office alongside a lot of other people in Dallas, Texas, or even in Longview, Texas, you sometimes might think you're on an island and you're the only person going through something, but that could be farther from the truth. Not that long ago, I learned I have more in common with my coworkers than I realized.

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During a regular staff meeting of air personalities, sales representatives, and business office personnel here at the station we were broken up into several small groups for a group exercise. I believe the following exercise was designed to get all of us talking to each other because we rarely get to interact between the departments of the radio station because our jobs are so different and we're often 'compartmentalized' and we're concentrating on our portion of the business.

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Being an air talent and content creator, I'm usually in the studio on the air or working to create an article like this one for you to check out, while our sales reps are out on the streets selling commercial time and lots more, so it's rare we all interact during a normal business day.

During this awesome exercise we were broken into four groups and each group was tasked with coming up with five things we all have in common. A task we thought was a bit challenging at first, but once we got into it it was rather easy.

Once we had our five commonalities, we told the other groups what our five were and we heard their five. What was funny was to hear the commonalities between all the players and how each group approached it. Some were practical while others were funny, whimsical, and far-reaching.

I won't tell you which group I was in, but the following is a list of commonalities our four independent groups came up with:

Group 1 commonalities

  • All like coffee
  • All have a dog
  • All have a sibling
  • All love to eat
  • All are U.S. citizens
  • All know someone who has battled cancer
  • All know someone who has been in an accident caused by a drunk driver

Group 2 commonalities

  • All work in media
  • All can drive
  • All love to vacation
  • All like football
  • All love it when 5 p.m. comes around
  • All love live concerts

Group 3 commonalities

  • All like to fish
  • All drive big vehicles
  • All love movies
  • All have sisters
  • All have been on a boat
  • All work at Townsquare Media
  • All have been on a cruise
  • All shower
  • No one has been scuba diving
  • All own a gun
  • All cook at least 3 times a week
  • All have had at least one surgery

Group 4 commonalities

  • All have traveled by plane
  • All can change a tire
  • All have been to the Pacific Ocean
  • All have been on stage
  • All have been to a therapist

All in all, it was a pretty fun exercise that brought us all together to learn that while we have very different jobs that we do for the company's bottom line, we all have commonalities that bond us together.

Try this exercise with your office and let us know what commonalities you come up with.

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