Studies show the continued growth in the number of people who are lonely, which has reached epidemic levels in many countries.
Recently, my wife, Katie, and I had the opportunity to teach a Connection Culture Workshop for the Institute for Management Studies in Columbus, Ohio. Mary Held, head of IMS Columbus, made us aware of this outstanding brief on the global loneliness epidemic published by The Week. I encourage you to read the brief and consider the steps you could take to reduce loneliness in your workplace and community.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Rana Olk, founder and host of The School of Connection podcast. We talked about America’s loneliness epidemic, the factors contributing to loneliness, global trends in loneliness and connection, and how to become more connected in your community.
Listen to our full conversation.
I recently had the privilege of being a guest on the Your Partner in Success Radio Podcast. Listen to the full episode to hear us discuss the superpower of human connection and how to foster it in your workplace.
I highly recommend reading Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer’s recent books, Leadership B.S. and Dying for a Paycheck. In them he makes a compelling case that most leadership training has failed to produce effective leaders and that the poor state of the vast majority of workplace cultures today is harming the health of people. He provides an abundance of evidence to support these conclusions. Professor Pfeffer recommends boosting connection in workplace cultures (which, as most of you know, is the focus of our work). You could read Professor Pfeffer’s books and become depressed, but I’m not. Below I explain why.
My favorite song right now is OneRepublic’s “Connection.” Check out the video above which was filmed in New York City at the Oculus near the World Trade Center Memorial. The Oculus was built by Turner Construction, an organization where we have done some work.
I’m delighted that Forbes contributor Blake Morgan recommended my book, “Connection Culture,” in her recent article on simplifying culture to make it actionable for managers. Read the full article and learn more about the book.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Erika Andersen, host of the Proteus Leader Show podcast. Proteus addresses leadership readiness and our conversation focused on helping leaders understand what a Connection Culture is and how to create one in their organizations. Listen to the conversation.
Mark your calendars and join me on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, for a webinar hosted by the team at getAbstract! We’ll be discussing why human connection is considered a superpower for individuals and organizations, how to build a Connection Culture in your workplace, and much more.
The issue of loneliness and connection in the workplace is top of mind for many organizations today, as new studies continue to demonstrate the growing reach of social isolation.
Along with Yale New Haven Health System’s VP of Education Jay Morris, I recently had the opportunity to participate in Training Industry’s Business of Learning podcast. We discussed what’s driving the loneliness epidemic and how organizations can respond.
Listen to the full conversation.
The UCLA neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman calls human connection a superpower that makes people smarter, happier, and more productive. It’s also a superpower for organizations that helps to produce sustainable superior performance. Isolation, on the other hand, produces the exact opposite results for individuals and organizations.
Join me on July 12 for a webcast hosted by ATD to discuss the research behind why connection is so critical and practical ways you can increase connection in your life and workplace.