I’ve spent the past two years focused on my new book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation. The mission of the book is to help leaders create a more human, and socially connected, workplace in the age where they are increasingly relying on technology as a crutch. We need to start using technology as a bridge to human connection, not a barrier. The best preview I can offer you is the books introduction, which perfectly summarizes the world we live in today, and why we need to be smarter about how, when and were we use technology in and out of the workplace. As we continue to adopt new technologies, we always have to remember that relationships are the currency of life.
It’s with gratitude and excitement that I share the introduction with you!
How Technology Is Isolating Us at Work
Our hyperconnectedness is the snake lurking in our digital Garden of Eden.
— Arianna Huffington
While watching Black Mirror, the popular British science fiction anthology, on Netflix, I was amazed at how well the “Nosedive” episode reflects our current society. The story is set in an alternate reality where people can rate each other using their smartphones and those ratings impact their lives. Lacie, the lead character, is obsessed with her rating, much like many of us obsess over the number of likes, comments, and shares our status updates gain. She starts the episode with a rating of 4.2 out of 5 but needs at least a 4.5 to be able to move into the more luxurious neighborhood where her friends live. Her friend Naomi, who has a 4.8 rating, asks Lacie to be a bridesmaid at her wedding. On her way to the wedding Lacie encounters a series of misfortunes that drive her rating down to a mere 2.6. As a result, Naomi asks her not to be in her wedding anymore. Although the show is fictional, this episode perfectly illustrates how technology can divide us as much as bring us together, and it holds up an unforgiving mirror that shows us how guilty we are of making unconscious social comparisons that make us—and everyone else—miserable.
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