Unrealized Potential and Conflict? 10 Benefits of Bridge Builders

At Home, At Work, and In Our World

Bridge connecting people

Bridge Builders listen to the perspectives of others, instead of fearing their knowledge, experiences and convictions.

With vision, respect and wisdom they connect:

  • Front lines and executives
  • Teams across silos
  • Customers and the organizations that serve them
  • Individuals
  • Communities
  • Nations

As a result, productive conversations across races, religions, and even cultural and political differences are possible.

Bridge Builders:

  1. See people not labels
  2. Step into the tension between what is, and what could be
  3. Explore instead of interrogating
  4. Listen to what is NOT being said, as much as what IS being said
  5. Recognize pain points
  6. Teach truth seeking and critical thinking
  7. Increase compassion and understanding
  8. Emphasize common ground
  9. Encourage collaboration
  10. Facilitate problem solving

When a bridge is built:

  • People collaborate instead of blocking progress
  • Solutions are found
  • Healing begins
  • Hope is restored
  • Growth happens
  • Synergy is unleashed
  • More bridges are constructed

Our families, workplaces and world need more bridge builders.

If you’d like to make a greater difference, follow the links below to learn more about building bridges with those around you:

Please share:  How has a bridge builder helped you to consider another perspective?  How has that new perspective changed your thinking, your behavior, or your results?



President, Giana Consulting

Chery Gegelman is an adventurer that loves to learn. ...Deep conversations, books, travel, and daily living are all food for growth.

As a speaker, facilitator and workshop leader she creates energizing environments that reflect God's grace, tear down walls, help people to consider new perspectives, and inspire change.

Chery is the Founder of Giana Consulting and Conversation Safari's, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

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2 thoughts on “Unrealized Potential and Conflict? 10 Benefits of Bridge Builders

  1. I love this post Chery and I love the idea of Bridge Builders! I think that when we try to see common elements in the way we see things, we are more able to merge different perspectives together. I am working now with an individual who has a very different idea from me about leadership. He is more bottom-line financially focused and I am all about the people piece and developing a sustainable culture for his organization. But we both see the necessity for strong and understanding leadership.

    Thanks Chery and will share today!

    • Thank you Terri! I love your story. We need people that see the world from every angle to be strong. He is wise to be working with someone that compliments his natural strengths instead of being just of echo. Thank you for sharing!