More Connection, Less Connection

More Connection, Less Connection.

Warman (2011, July 5) reported that “Those people who felt overwhelmed by new technology were also more likely to feel unsatisfied in other areas of their lives.” (retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8615989/One-in-three-overwhelmed-by-technology.html ).  Do you think this is a trait of the individual, or the general effect of too much technology too fast?  How would you as a leader manage this phenomenon?

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3 Responses to More Connection, Less Connection

  1. Be interesting to see the actual research…they did not link to it in the article.

  2. millervr says:

    Agree with Dr. Watwood’s comments. I am leading a full business transformation effort now with my organization that will be driven by a replaced of our current technology and process capabilities. After years of research, we know the change management strategy is the most critical portion. To help drive the change, we intentionally targeted some of the most experienced and vocal in the current world, to act as champions for the the new process. This involved pulling them out of current roles and allowing them to be a part of entire program from day one.

  3. I would like to see how they came to this conclusion, too. Looking at it at face value, I think of two theoretical concepts: Self-efficacy theory and internal vs external locus of control. I don’t think these are mutually exclusive, as a person with a high sense of self-efficacy is likely to have an internal locus of control, and a person with internal locus is likely to have a sense of self-efficacy.

    Faced with change, persons of external locus of control tend to point toward others to lead the way through the change, and tend to blame others, even the changed system itself, for their unwillingness or inability to adapt. Persons of internal locus of control are more likely to “own” the change see its utility, and make it work.

    High self-efficacy is the confidence one has in her ability to master new skills and conquer unforeseen challenges without requiring to be led through them. A person with a low sense of self-efficacy is not only likely to resist change, but are also likely to show deficiencies in other areas that require self-directed learning. I think it is as often a matter of confidence as it is of intelligence.

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