The Week Explores the Global Loneliness Epidemic

Loneliness epidemic represented by man walking alone

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’m Optimistic About the Future of Leadership

Optimistic business leaders

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.

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. 

Date: September 18, 2018
Time: 8:15-9:15 a.m. CDT
Event: getAbstract Webinar: Superpower Connection Culture
Topic: Superpower Connection Culture: 7 Practices to Become Smarter, Happier and More Productive
Sponsor: getAbstract
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Business of Learning Podcast: Creating an Engaged, Connected Organization

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.

Date: July 12, 2018
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
Event: ATD Webcast: The Superpower of Human Connection and the Perils of Isolation
Sponsor: Association for Talent Development (ATD)
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.
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