CHAPTER 14

Mutually Rewarding Relationships

Humans are social animals and depend on interaction to survive.

In his book The Social Animal, journalist and social scientist David Brooks captures the importance of our social bonds with a vivid metaphor: “We are like spiritual Grand Central Stations. We are junctions where millions of sensations, emotions and signals interpenetrate every second. We are communication centers … We seek, more than anything else, to establish deeper and more complete connections.”1

Our intrinsically social nature is apparent in all facets of our lives, especially in business, as Per-Olof Loof, the Swedish-born CEO of KEMET, knows firsthand.

Reaching Out and Building Connection

Per Loof has a natural ability to connect ...

Get Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.