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Connected or Disconnected
The Art of Operating in a Connected World

  • Micke Darmell - Author, Public Speaker and CEO of Gr8 Meetings
  • Kapil Rampal - Managing Director, Ivory Education Private Limited

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November 2017 | 188 pages | SAGE Response

The promise of a connected world…

Democratization, strengthened personal relationships, and all the knowledge in the world available at your fingertips, more or less for free.

And all this regardless of whether you are in India, China, Chile, or Chad.

Indeed, the connected world has changed the premise of what it means to be human, and it will continue to impact lives at a rapidly growing pace in the years to come, both on a personal and professional level. Many organizations take advantage of the “anytime, anywhere office” without accepting responsibility for the flip side. On an individual level we have accepted the promise of the connected world and headed into this new way of living without reflecting and acting upon its ramifications.

This book will advise you on how to handle the challenges constant connectedness poses to our wellbeing—sleeping patterns, close relations, work-life balance, and parenting. It does not discuss whether this is a threat or an opportunity for us, because it is both. What we really need to start discussing is how to handle the new challenges that constant connection brings and when to step out of it in order to tend to our wellbeing. The book concludes that while accepting that we live in a constantly connected world, we at times need to disconnect to reconnect with the world. 

 
Foreword by Barry Libert
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
The Global Digital Revolution
 
Hereness
 
A New Culture Rising
 
Connected-Therefore, I Exist
 
Physical Impact
 
About the Brain
 
Psychological Impact
 
The Connected Worklife
 
Disconnected World
 
What to Do at the Workplace
 
What to Do at Home and as a Parent
 
What We Really Regret When We Die
 
A Happy Life
 
Time
 
Bibliography

“This book brings out the challenges and possibilities of the new world we live in.”

Dr Ganesh Natarajan,
Chairman, 5F World

A connected world has opened up all the anticipated opportunities of 24×7 business and anytime anywhere commerce and education. However, with all the positive network effects comes a need to disconnect at times and reconnect with the real world. This book brings out the challenges and possibilities of the new world we live in.

Dr Ganesh Natarajan,
Chairman, 5F World

In a world where truth is scarce, honesty and truthfulness has a premium. We can say the same for Human connection. We’ve gone to war for it, fallen in love for it, killed for it and died for it.

Now, more than ever, we have an opportunity to connect with each other in mere seconds. Text messages, phone calls, e-mail, Facebook messages, Tweets and Instagram photos. If we want to reach out to anyone at any point in our day, we can. We are connected through every cable, wire and WiFi signal in whatever part of the world we live in.

Except we have forgotten how to connect with each other on a human level. We have replaced coffee and tea dates with Skype calls. Text messages for phone calls. Three line e-mails for hand-written letters. The binary code stripping away much of the emotion, leaving gaps and holes for miscommunication. Our blog posts replacing deep, meaningful conversations where we have to look someone in the eye and feel something. Our screens lighting up our faces but not our hearts.

This book will help communicators, entrepreneurs, professionals, CEOs, students, young leaders connect and help make a lasting human connection. This book is about balance.

Anurag Batra,
Serial Entrepreneur, Author, TV Show Host, Angel Investor

Connected world can be a blessing for some but a great problem for the others who feel over-burdened by day-long messages received through e-mails as well as several channels of social media, besides phone calls.

Those who take it as a blessing feel liberated as they no longer have to be tied down to their office or work-place. They can work from anywhere and at any time of their liking. Even the retired people and many housewives are seen using social media to remain connected with their friends and other near and dear through interesting messages on social media, which lessens their loneliness and boredom.

But there are also many who find it difficult to cope with the daily onslaught of numerous messages through various digital media, besides the traditional TV and print media, and phone calls. Many of them, to prevent getting mad, resort to keeping their phones on silent mode and checking their e-mails only when they please, like me. But there is always a fear in their mind, and a good chance, that they may not be available when they are needed the most.

So this book is quite timely as it advises on how to handle the challenges constant connection poses to our well-being, relationships, work–life balance and parenting. It does not discuss whether the constant connection is a threat or an opportunity for us, because it is both. While accepting that we live in a constantly connected world, the book concludes that we at times need to disconnect to reconnect with the world.

Ramesh Chopra,
Chairman, Electronics for You

I can completely relate to Micke and Kapil’s book Connected or Disconnected: The Art of Operating in a Connected World. Having been part of the digital revolution and spearheading our IT business “SAHARA Computers,” I have witnessed the urge to remain continuously connected and how it detaches you from the realities of the world and mentally fatigues you. Without being too critical, the book highlights and alerts you with the challenges of remaining connected. It’s a must-read for the young people for self-correction, who are running a blind race in their lives.

Atul Gupta,
Founder & Chairman, Sahara Computers

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Micke Darmell

Micke Darmell is Sweden’s foremost evangelist for improving personal and business relationships. He has over 20 years of experience in the area and has been running a consultancy company “gr8 meetings” for the past 9 years, helping organizations and individuals improve relations at work and at home. With a background in healthcare, he has an interest in people and human connections. Micke was one of the first to identify that constant connection is leading to major issues in personal and business lives. In 2013, his much acclaimed book Uppkopplad eller Avkopplad was released in Sweden. Since then, Micke has had the opportunity to meet... More About Author

Kapil Rampal

Kapil Rampal is a serial entrepreneur who founded and managed several businesses in technology, communication, social media, education, mining, and other areas. Currently, he is the Managing Director of Ivory Education Private Limited, one of the leading companies in online education. He has been a major contributor to online communities. His company provided online community solutions to MSN, IBM, ZEE, Yahoo, Star TV, Sony, indya.com, hindustantimes.com, Wipro, NIIT, and others. Being a constantly connected social media leader, he brings in his perspective on how being continuously connected affects you negatively. He lives in New Delhi... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789386602770