Back to Human
How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation
By Dan Schawbel
A book that explains how, in this age of isolation, the most successful workplaces are those that succeed in reinvigorating actual human connection.
Back to Human explains how a more socially connected workforce creates greater fulfillment, productivity, and engagement while preventing burnout and turnover.
New York Times bestselling author Dan Schawbel guides the next generation of leaders to create a workplace where teammates feel genuinely connected, engaged, and empowered to grow strong interpersonal skills rather than relying on technology. Based on Schawbel's exclusive research studies--featuring the perspectives of over 2,000 managers and employees across different age groups and from the US, UK, China, India, Brazil and other countries - Back to Human reveals why electronic and virtual communication, though vital and useful, actually contributes to a stronger sense of isolation at work than ever before.
The corporate cultures we are experiencing right now need to change, and Schawbel offers a new leadership model featuring The Work-Life Balance Myth (we should consider work-life integration instead, which creates more synergies between all areas of your life and puts you in control of how you allocate your time), Shared Learning (how sharing knowledge allows you to stay relevant despite industry disruptions), and more. The book includes:
-Interviews with 100 leaders from notable companies including Facebook, Honeywell, HBO, Starbucks, General Mills, GE, Nike, American Express, Four Seasons, Walmart, TIME, LinkedIn, and The U.S. Air Force.
-A self-assessment called "The Work Connectivity Index" that measures that strength of team relationships.
-Exercises, examples and activities that readers can work on individually, or as a team, which will help them improve their leadership skills.
-Tips and strategies on how to increase personal productivity, be more collaborative and become more fulfilled at work.
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- Publication date:
13 Nov 2018
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A practical guide for leaders to stop using technology as a crutch and start building genuine connections with their teams — Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
Dan Schawbel offers a searching examination of the role technology plays in our lives and how our overreliance on gadgets is deepening our sense of isolation. But Back to Human is also a hopeful book, one that provides a prescription for change for leaders and anyone else interested in doing better. — Daniel H. Pink, author of When and To Sell is Human
Dan will help you put your damn phone in your pocket, look people in the eye, and build actual human relationships at work. You'll be stunned at the difference this makes in your career--and in your life. — Kim Scott, New York Times bestselling author of Radical Candor
A fun, thoughtful read, but more important, a truly useful book. Back to Human provides concrete solutions for many of the 21st century challenges that shape how we work and live. — General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal, New York Times bestselling author of Team of Teams
Elevating humanity through business is the purpose of Conscious Capitalism. Back to Human is a welcomed reminder of the interdependencies that exist across all human stakeholders, and that workplace cultures must be trusting, authentic, innovative and caring so that working there is a source of both personal growth and professional fulfillment. — John Mackey, co-founder and CEO, Whole Foods Market; co-author of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
Back to Human is the definitive guide to connecting in an era where doing so is increasingly difficult. It is one of the best collections of voices and research that will help leaders to create a more cohesive and compelling workplace. — Tom Rath, #1 New York Times bestselling author of StrengthFinder 2.0
I recommend Back to Human to any leader who wants to create a higher quality of life for their team. Schawbel explains how to build the human connections that are critical to personal and organizational success. Regardless of advancements in technology, the human touch will remain and this book will help you create stronger relationships that lead to higher performance and happiness. — Michel Landel, CEO of Sodexo