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Nomophobia. Should leaders be concerned?


Nomophobia.  Ever had that moment when you’ve left the house and are on your way to your destination when you suddenly realize you left your mobile device on the hallway table, or plugged in and charging on the kitchen counter?  Yeah, that moment when your palms and brow break out in a sweat, or your heart starts to beat faster, or your anxiety level goes up (or all of the above!).  I mean, what if someone tries to call you while you’re out, or if you need to look up something on Google, or an important email comes in?  How will you cope?!

Okay, sure, I write this a little tongue-in-cheek, but also because it’s not that unusual, it’s happened to the best of us.  What may surprise you though is that this is actually a thing – it has a name – nomophobia (no mo-bile phobia).  It is a real condition, described as the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power.  And recent research out of HEC Montreal indicates that nomophobia can lead to chronic stress and reduced job performance.

So what should leaders do?

So what should a leader do to mitigate the negative effects of nomophobia?  Well, I can think of two directions to pursue.  Continue reading

A social media success story that leaders can learn from

socialmediaI have long advocated that leaders need to stay abreast of evolving technology, and tuned to the impact of social media in today’s workplaces.  Something interesting happened last week that brought this message home to me, loud and clear, yet again.

LinkedIn is a valuable tool for employers and employees

A young professional male I know was laid off from his job over a year ago due to the current economic recession occurring in Alberta.  For over a year, he has been actively seeking new employment, and while he was getting at least a few interviews in the early days of his job search, recently even those have trickled down to almost nothing.  That is until last week.  He received a message through LinkedIn (the widely-used social media platform that is primarily business and employment-focused) from someone asking if he was still looking for work, and if he could come into an interview the next day.  Of course he agreed.  But he thought it was odd that this was not an organization that he had reached out to himself, or for that matter one that he had even come across in his months of job search.  Continue reading

Solid relationships stand the test of time

Just in time for the holiday season, a feel-good video from Google about how miles and decades apart cannot weaken friendships and relationships. It’s 3-1/2 minutes long, but it’s worth it, I promise. I watched it several times and it brought a tear to my eye each time. By the way, it has English captions, but even if you don’t read them, you’ll get the gist of the story.

So since I’m always looking for leadership messages to share with all of you, what’s the message here? I think it’s two-fold Continue reading

Why leaders cannot ignore rapid advances in technology

As regular readers of this blog know, I often comment on how important it is for leaders to keep abreast of technology, not just for their own benefit, but perhaps more importantly to stay current in the context of the people they lead.  For several years now, I’ve been saying this, and I’ll say it again: there is a fundamental shift in the way people are communicating with one another, and it has enormous implications for how you should be recruiting, motivating and leading your people.  In the past, I’ve introduced you to two very eye-opening videos by Erik Qualman – Social Media Revolution and Social Media Revolution 2 (Refresh).  Now he’s recently released a new video titled Technology Can Kill to support his book Digital Leader.

Technology has made it possible for you, a leader, to make an impact far and wide, to exert more influence than ever before.  Are you accepting this reality, or are you fighting it?  What are you doing to embrace technology?  Or not?  Does this video have any implications on how you are or should be leading your people?

Why leaders cannot ignore the impact of social media

So many people are constantly texting or updating status reports on Facebook, MySpace, or YouTube. How do they get any useful work done? As far as I am concerned, all this online stuff just stunts your ability to develop meaningful relationships with other people. Anyway, this whole social media thing is just a fad.

If you’re reading this via Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, then this probably does not reflect your point of view.  However, for many people, this is a familiar lament about the world of social media.  If you fall into this latter category … perhaps these interesting statistics about the impact of globalization and technology on our world might cause you to reconsider your perspective. Read the entire article in the January/February 2010 issue of CGA Magazine here.