Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation

Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation

by Dan Schawbel
Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation

Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation

by Dan Schawbel


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Back to Human
explains how a more socially connected workforce creates greater fulfillment, productivity, and engagement while preventing burnout and turnover.

The next generation of leaders must create a workplace where teammates feel genuinely connected, engaged, and empowered — without relying on technology. Based on Dan Schawbel's exclusive research studies — featuring the perspectives of over 2,000 managers and employees across different age groups — Back to Human reveals why virtual communication, though vital and useful, actually contributes to a stronger sense of isolation at work than ever before. How can we change this culture?

Schawbel offers a self-assessment called the "Work Connectivity Index" that measures the strength of team relationships. He also shares exercises, examples, and activities that readers can work on individually or as a team, which will help them increase personal productivity, be more collaborative, and become more fulfilled at work.

Back to Human
ultimately helps you decide when and how to use technology to build better connections in your work life. It is a call to action to leaders across the world to make the workplace a better experience for all of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738235004
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 658,197
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dan Schawbel is a Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace and the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm. He is also the founder of the Personal Branding Blog, a Forbes "Top Website for Your Career." He is a founding member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, on the advisory board of the Kronos Workforce Institute and is an advisor to Branded.Me, a website generator, and, a freelance marketplace for students. He's also a Mentor at Talent Tech Labs and volunteers for the UJA-Federation of New York and is currently a Global Leadership Society fellow.

Table of Contents

Introduction: How Technology Is Isolating Us at Work xiii

Part I Master Self-Connection 1

Chapter 1 Focus on Fulfillment 3

Chapter 2 Optimize Your Productivity 28

Chapter 3 Practice Shared Learning 58

Part II Create Team Connection 75

Chapter 4 Promote Diverse Ideas 77

Chapter 5 Embrace Open Collaboration 98

Chapter 6 Reward Through Recognition 115

Part III Build Organizational Connection 133

Chapter 7 Hire for Personality 135

Chapter 8 Engage to Retain 156

Chapter 9 Lead with Empathy 179

Chapter 10 Improve Employee Experiences 203

Conclusion: Become More Human 221

Acknowledgments 227

Notes 231

Index 249

About the Author 263

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