Shortlisted for the CMI's Management Book of the Year Award 2018 and the Business Book Awards 2018
Twenty-five years after the arrival of the Internet, we are drowning in data and deadlines. Humans and machines are in fully connected overdrive - and becoming entwined as never before. In this Age of Overload, stalked by `infobesity' and time poverty, and surrounded by social networks, personal and professional lives face profound disruption - and dysfunction.
In this ground-breaking book, Julia Hobsbawm uses health as a metaphor for the way we behave around our connectedness, and argues that, in the same way as we look after our physical and mental health, we need something else: Social Health. Published on the 70th anniversary of the World Health Organization and the NHS, this book is the first to offer a blueprint for Social Health, using Julia's exclusive model of `Hexagon Thinking' to make fast and lasting behaviour change.
Fully Connected draws on the latest thinking in health and behavioural economics, social psychology, neuroscience, management and social network analysis, and offers often very personal stories of failure and success. This book is an indispensable read for anyone interested in making change happen in the fully connected era.
Julia Hobsbawm is an expert on connectedness in modern working life. A prominent entrepreneur, media commentator and international speaker for corporate audiences, she has emerged as a leading voice on the future of the workplace, Social Health and behavioural networks: how to best use social network science to enhance productivity, engagement and talent management. She founded the pioneering knowledge networking firm Editorial Intelligence in 2005. She holds Honorary Visiting Professorships at London's Cass Business School and the University of Suffolk and has recently joined the board of Kronos' new European Workforce Institute. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2015.
Introduction: Peak Connection Part One: The Way to Wellville 1. Hostile Landscapes 2. Fitness as a metaphor 3. New hierarchies of need Part Two: The Blended Self 4. The social soul 5. Worker beings 6. Networks and networkers Conclusion: The fully connected future Appendix Postscript Bibliography Acknowledgements Index