Is the “Silent Killer” Sabotaging Your Performance?

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Is your energy level lower than you’d like? Do you feel you’re not performing at the top of your game? Are you so busy that it has crowded out time to truly connect with trusted confidants? If the answer to these questions is “yes,” you may be suffering from the effects of the “silent killer” of individuals, and it may also be holding back your performance and the performance of your organization. 

I recently had the opportunity to speak on The Small Business Advocate radio program hosted by Jim Blasingame. We discussed new research that indicates over half of Americans express a tendency toward loneliness and how companies can respond. Listen to our two-part conversation.

Date: May 22, 2018
Appearance: Interview with Jim Blasingame on America’s Loneliness Epidemic
Outlet: The Small Business Advocate
Format: Radio

Join me on May 30, 2018, for a complimentary webinar hosted by Terryberry. We’ll discuss why people and organizations need Connection Cultures to thrive and share practical ways to that you can begin to connect with others.

Date: May 30, 2018
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
Event: Complimentary Webinar Hosted by Terryberry
Topic: Creating an Engaging and Life-Lengthening Workplace Culture
Sponsor: Terryberry
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

I had a great time sharing my story and thoughts on the importance of connection with the team at getAbstract. Read the full interview and don’t forget to slow down and connect with others this week.

Date: May 1, 2018
Appearance: Interview with getAbstract: Slowing Down and Connecting with Others Is Good for You
Outlet: getAbstract
Format: Other

I’m excited to share a podcast discussion I recently participated in for Manage Smarter, a SalesFuel production that focuses on data-driven management. In it, we talk about how culture can be a competitive advantage for sales organizations. Listen to the full episode.

Date: April 23, 2018
Appearance: Manage Smarter Podcast
Outlet: Manage Smarter Podcast
Format: Podcast

Interview with New York City’s WCBS Newsradio

This week, New York City’s WCBS Newsradio 880AM is playing excerpts from an interview I did with daytime host Pat Farnack for her “Health and Wellbeing Report.” In the interview Pat and I discuss the impact of loneliness on health, the performance of individuals, and how loneliness leads to self defeating behaviors and makes acts of violence more likely. Listen to the full interview here.

Protecting Your Employees (and Yourself) from the Stress-Connection Gap

Crowd of people commuting to work

The nature of modern work has caused stress to rise to unhealthy levels at a time when people are also struggling with increased isolation. When you add up the hours spent on the job, commuting and doing additional work at home on our laptops and smartphones, many of us are devoting more hours to work than we ever have. It’s been reported that the average American adult spends in excess of 10 hours per day in front of a screen. These and other factors have squeezed out time for face-to-face human connection, which has contributed to a public health crisis that is even more deadly than the crisis from rising obesity.

In workshops and seminars we teach on creating a Connection Culture, we like to show videos that bring the points we make to life. One type of video we use is to show great leaders in action so people can observe their language and behavior. It gives them a vision to aim toward. To that end, we are going to be posting video of great leaders who connect on YouTube and using the #greatleadersconnect hashtag. If you have video of a great leader that shows him or her connecting, please join us in posting it on Twitter and using the #greatleadersconnect hashtag.

Our first tweet is going to be this fantastic video of Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks Coffee Company, accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Seattle Business Magazine Executive Excellence Awards. Starbucks co-founder and executive chairman Howard Schultz introduces him. In articles we’ve written, we’ve described Howard Behar as Starbucks’ secret weapon. In this video, you’ll see why.