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Conquering Digital Overload

Leadership strategies that build engaging work cultures

Editors: Thomson, Peter, Johnson, Mike, Devlin, J. Michael (Eds.)

  • Written by a unique team of experts
  • Covers leadership, corporate culture, technology, wellness and workplace design
  • Answers the one problem everybody in every organization has every day
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About this book

This book examines the impact of the digital deluge on employees and organizations and sets out the leadership actions needed to create a corporate culture fit for the digital age.

In the digital world executives are presented with exponentially more information than their predecessors were a generation ago – and yet we’re not exponentially more productive. Why? Because we’re using twenty-first century technology with a twentieth century mindset. 

Excessive working hours, email overload and invasion of private life are all symptoms of a working culture that has used technology to simply amplify old management processes rather than enable and refine newer, more productive ones.

Instead of liberating us, technology has created a digital overload, accentuating the problems of presenteeism, unreasonable deadlines and management demands. Organizations need to stop using technology to turn up the volume and start using it to change the channel.

Written by a unique team of experts, this edited collection covers leadership, corporate culture, technology, wellness and workplace design. It argues that digital overload is a problem of corporate culture and a failure of leadership. As such it takes leadership to fix it. Leaders who have the courage to explore alternative ways of working with technology, the enlightenment to give employees more freedom and control over their own lives, and the humility to live and demonstrate the new culture personally. Those who do this have the power to transform their organizations so they can ride the digital wave rather than be swamped by it.

About the authors

Peter Thomson is an expert on the future of work and co-author of the best-selling book Future Work. He is a director of Wisework Ltd and advises senior managers on adapting organization cultures to new ways of working. After a career in HR in the IT sector, he set up the Future Work Forum at Henley Business School and ran it for 16 years. He is now a Director of FutureWork Forum Ltd.

Mike Johnson is Chairman and Founder of the FutureWork Forum. He is a leading commentator, consultant and writer on the future of work, talent management, corporate communications and how to work as an independent. He is the author of 12 books on business and management issues. He has written several series of world-of-work studies for both The Economist and The Financial Times, as well as over 100 studies for international corporations and institutions.

J. Michael Devlin is a science and policy communication professional. For the past 15 years, he has led and managed teams for international research centers and consortia in the areas of agriculture, health research systems, forestry, environmental management and rural development. He is a co-founder of Sci4D – The Science for Development Platform, a new service which aims to make all ‘public goods’ research available in a standard format.
Contributors include: Andrew Chadwick, Cliff Dennett, Michael Devlin, Ben Emmens, Sunnie Groeneveld, Larissa Hämisegger, Alain Haut, Göran Hultin, Mike Johnson, Matthias Mölleney, Richard Savage, Michael Staunton, Susan Stucky, Peter Thomson, Peter Vogel and Jim Ware.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Digitalization and Why Leaders Need to Take It Seriously

    Vogel, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • How Employees Are Impacted

    Savage, Richard (et al.)

    Pages 9-24

  • Why it’s a Business Issue

    Haut, Alain (et al.)

    Pages 25-37

  • Organizational Culture, and the Impact of the Digital Overload

    Emmens, Ben (et al.)

    Pages 39-51

  • The Challenge of Technology

    Dennett, Cliff (et al.)

    Pages 53-72

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for Brazil (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63799-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $39.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63798-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conquering Digital Overload
Book Subtitle
Leadership strategies that build engaging work cultures
Editors
  • Peter Thomson
  • Mike Johnson
  • J. Michael Devlin
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63799-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63799-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63798-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 192
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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