Author(s): Julia Hobsbawm
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.
The first book to define what social health means in the modern workplace, and the implications for individuals and society of being 'always on' in a hyper-connected world.
I thoroughly enjoyed Fully Connected. Amazing insights on a subject critical to modern working and living. I wholly endorse it, not just as a must-read but also as a much-needed compass to navigating the 21st century workplace. -- Dambisa Moyo, Economist and Author Julia Hobsbawm is the unofficial UK Queen of Networking, but she understands that networking is about much more than lunches and parties. As a student of networks in history, I read Fully Connected with great pleasure and profit. -- Niall Ferguson, senior fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University Connectedness is the word of the moment, and Julia knows more about it than anyone I know. -- Dylan Jones OBE * Editor, GQ * Brimming with ideas and insights - fascinating, intriguing, thoughtful. -- Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice, London Business School I am buzzing about this book. Really outstanding. -- William Eccleshare, President and CEO, Clear Channel International This is one of those brilliantly insightful books everyone has to read to understand the zeitgeist. -- Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Principal, Mansfield College Oxford Fully Connected is the most profound book about connectivity published this century. Hobsbawm nails it. She's the Marshall McLuhan of our always-on age. -- Andrew Keen, author of 'Digital Vertigo' and 'The Internet is Not The Answer' Julia Hobsbawm reminds us that social media and social networks are about human connections not technology. She wants us to see that stilling the shrill voices of tech will connect us better. Fully Connected is a very good read. -- Stephan Chambers, The Marshall Institute, London School of Economics Julia Hobsbawm's potent mix of practical advice and fresh academic insight is the book for any thoughtful executive, hard-pressed or otherwise. -- Stephen Barber, Equity partner, Pictet Group; Global Chair, Prix Pictet A great read, which provides fascinating insights into how connectivity is changing our lives and how we can thrive in a Fully Connected world. -- Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford Our social networks are both huge opportunities and lurking dangers, depending on how we manage them. Julia Hobsbawm's stellar new book, Fully Connected, pinpoints their pervasive effects on what and who we know, what jobs we get, our political views, our health and wellbeing, and more - and then tells us to improve our social health. A must-read for individuals and policy makers alike. -- Professor Herminia Ibarra, INSEAD There is absolutely no-one like Julia Hobsbawm in getting lively minds to connect and generate ideas together that would never have occurred to them on their own. She is in fact the wizard of connection in our age of overload and this book is her authentic, dynamic voice. -- Simon Schama
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