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Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation Hardcover – November 13, 2018
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From the Publisher
―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
"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
"Our brain grew in size in order to process our complex social needs, yet we are evolving into a society that devalues human interaction. Dan's insights will ensure you use all your neurons offered by evolution."―Mehmet Oz, MD, Professor of Surgery, Columbia University, Host, The Dr. Oz Show
"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
"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
"In Back to Human, Dan Schawbel reminds us that our humanity must never take a backseat to new technology-- driverless or otherwise. And that progress is found in the connection of humans working together creatively in pursuit of better."
―Beth Comstock, Former Vice Chair, GE
"At a time of increasing technological and virtual interaction, Schawbel's practical book provides a thoughtful model of connected human leadership."―Forbes
"[Back to Human] aims to help leaders build stronger team relationships amid our dependency on technology."―Refinery29
"Recommended to business professionals seeking to manage a corporate culture that provides a work-life balance to its staff."―Library Journal
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0738235032
- ISBN-13 : 978-0738235035
- Product Dimensions : 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Publisher : Da Capo Lifelong Books (November 13, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #196,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His book is well researched, easy to read and filled with examples from leading organizations to support his arguments with tangible evidence.
You finish the book with a clearer understanding of the ways we rely on technology at work and how to use that knowledge to better structure our habits and relationships as you navigate your career moving forward.
If you're looking to become a more effective leader, this one is for you!
This book is exactly what the times need. We spend too much time on our phones, on Slack, on email...wherever!!
We have stopped spending time offline, connecting with those we work with.
Dan’s book is a recipe for changing that. Great read for any manager of teams or aspiring leader.
"Maniac" goes on to show what our world might look like if people never discover they are hardwired to connect. Anxiety, depression and addiction become widespread in society.
Fortunately, Dan Schawbel has become aware of the need for human connection and how internet and smartphone addiction crowd out time for the face-to-face connection our bodies need to thrive. He writes with honesty and sincerity about his own personal struggles with loneliness. I admire that and believe Dan's book will be helpful to younger generations who are struggling with anxiety, depression and addiction but are unaware they are hardwired for human connection. Recent research by the insurance company Cigna found that the youngest generations were the loneliest so this book is timely.
From my own experiences during college and when I worked on Wall Street, and from research I learned about to understand why I was struggling, I came to see that loneliness is a super-stressor that exacerbates the effects of other stressors, such as work or financial stress. When we are chronically lonely because we fill our lives with tasks that crowd out time for close, supportive relationships and conversations, the body perceives it as a threat and responds by going into chronic stress response which impairs certain cognitive functions, the digestive function, the immune function and the reproductive function. For those who want to better understand the psychological and physiological aspects of loneliness, I recommend reading the late John Cacioppo's book, "Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection."
Recent research by Prof. Julianne Holt-Lunstand suggests that loneliness has presently reached epidemic levels in America and other democracies around the world. "Back to Human" and other recent books like it --including "Lost Connections" and the "The Crisis of Connection"--should raise the awareness of many that as human beings we are hardwired to connect so that they become more intentional about connecting with others and the horrors depicted in "Maniac" never become a reality.
Michael L. Stallard
Co-founder and President, Connection Culture Group
Author, "Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work"
Note: the author provided me a galley of "Back to Human" for review purposes.