“Weak Ties” Round Out Your Social Portfolio

in Uncategorized, Wellbeing

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Weak social ties are essential to your “diverse social portfolio.” Yet they get short shrift in discussions of connection and loneliness.

Even Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, in his landmark Harvard Business Review article “Work and the Loneliness Epidemic” (which sounded a much needed alarm), bypassed our learnings about weak ties, writing:

“Happy hours, coffee breaks, team-building exercises are designed to build connections between colleagues, but do they really help people develop deep relationships?”

The answer is no, but the next question must be, “Are ‘deep relationships’ the only kind that count?”

Really enjoyed researching and writing this piece for Health Enhancement Systems (HES):

Social Connection: Beyond Besties

I’m OK — You’re #OKBoomer

in humor, Uncategorized

Stamped Browse the nearly 100 blog posts I’ve published on my website and you’ll find no mention of millennials — because generational stereotypes have limited validity and are just another way to pigeonhole folks. So, while I can understand the backlash that may have led to 2019’s patronizing #OKBoomer meme, it ultimately serves only to perpetuate polarization.

OKBoomer may lead to some age discrimination lawsuits, or it may just be a soon-to-be-forgotten fad. Either way, it can serve as a reminder for each of us to embrace diversity, inclusion, and connectedness, in all their forms.