Break the Digital Addiction

Understand the Roots of the Compulsion to Be Online and Reclaim Your Life

Is all the time that you spend on your computer, iPad, and/or smart-phone crowding out any time to reflect on your life and its direction? Are you finding it difficult to focus on your larger life goals due to the vast amounts of time you spend online? Do you reminisce over the days when you actually spent time with family and friends during which you were focused on each other, rather than being “alone together” in the same room while each person taps onto a keypad instead of into the needs and motivations of the others?

CSL President Anthony Silard once asked 300 people at a leadership conference to share what they had done over the previous month that had most contributed to their happiness. There were about thirty responses—ranging from “spending time with my daughter” and “going dancing” to “going for a long hike in the mountains”—not one of which involved time spent online. What brings happiness to your life? Are you finding the time for it, or letting your life pass you by as you manically try to return every email and text?

In this cutting-edge workshop, CSL will walk you and/or your team through the most common causes and symptoms of digital addiction. We will help you ask yourself some tough questions about why you feel so compelled to be online and what you can do about it. Let CSL help you and/or your team to confront your overwhelming over-reliance on technology while you still have an opportunity to do something about it.

Read CSL President Anthony Silard’s article, From Face-to-Face to Facebook.


Workshop Impact

This leadership workshop will have a tremendous positive impact on:

  • The capacity of your organization to raise funds for its programs
  • The passion, commitment and effectiveness of your staff
  • The spirit, motivation and unity of your team

Some specific results that you can expect to see are:

  1. Increased emotional well-being among your staff
  2. Greater team cohesion and morale as your team members increase their comfort with stepping away from their computers and developing their interpersonal relationships
  3. Increased productivity and results-orientation of your team through less time wasted on non-work-related online distractions and an enhanced capacity to focus on mission-driven tasks and responsibilities
  4. An enhanced capacity of your team for innovation as they spend less time online and more time thinking ‘out of the box’ to develop and refine programs for your organization
  5. More honesty and authenticity among managers and staff, yielding improved work communication, more teamwork and better results
  6. Improved internal communication between and within departments
  7. More patience among managers and improved managerial capacity and emotional resilience to handle ‘difficult staff’
  8. Many more staff who connect with the passion of the leader and are willing to work hard toward a mission they easily understand and believe in
  9. Managers and staff who ‘bounce back’ from challenges more quickly and maintain their focus on the organizational mission and goals


Contact CSL
to learn how we can customize this and other Leadership Workshops for your nonprofit.

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