Published today - Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload by Julia Hobsbawm

The game-changing book defining Social Health in modern society and the workplace, as the struggle to cope in the ‘always on’ world intensifies.

PUBLICATION DATE: 22 March 2018 | Bloomsbury Business | Paperback | £10.99

‘A must-read for individuals and policy makers alike.’
— Herminia Ibarra, Charles Handy Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
‘Julia Hobsbawm is the wizard of connection in our age of overload, and this book is her authentic, dynamic voice.’
— Simon Schama
‘Connectedness is the word of the moment, and Julia knows more about it than anyone I know.’
— Dylan Jones OBE, Editor, GQ
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Shortlisted for Business Book of the Year Award 2018
Shortlisted for the CMI's Management Book of the Year Award 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 starting to become entwined as never before. Truly, it is an Age of Overload. We can never have imagined that absorbing so much information while trying to maintain a healthy balance in our personal and professional lives could feel so complex, dissatisfying and unproductive.

Something is missing. That something, Julia Hobsbawm argues in this ground-breaking book, is Social Health, a new blueprint for modern connectedness. She begins with the premise that much of what we think about healthy ways to live have not been updated any more than have most post-war modern institutions, which are themselves also struggling in the twenty-first century. In 1946, the World Health Organization defined ‘health’ as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ What we understood by 'social' in the middle of the last century now desperately needs an update.

In Fully Connected Julia Hobsbawm takes us on a journey - often a personal one, 'from Telex to Twitter' – to illustrate how the answer to the Age of Overload can come from devising management-based systems which are both highly practical and yet intuitive, and which draw inspiration from the huge advances the world has made in tackling other kinds of health, specifically nutrition, exercise, and mental well-being.

Hobsbawm’s Fully Connected has touched a nerve. Since hardback publication in 2017 she has given 100 keynotes and talks around the world about Social Health. She is inspiring a new generation of managers and policymakers as well as all of us ordinary working professionals desperate for some navigation. The paperback contains new updated material and will bring her message to a mainstream audience.

‘An immediacy that one would not necessarily expect from a ‘business book’...insightful....valuable” - Times Higher Education Supplement ‘Book of the Week’
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Author Biography:

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, explaining how to best use social network science to enhance productivity, engagement and talent management.

Julia 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.


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