Conquering Digital Overload

Leadership strategies that build engaging work cultures

  • Peter Thomson
  • Mike Johnson
  • J. Michael Devlin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Richard Savage, Michael Staunton
    Pages 9-24
  3. Alain Haut, Peter Thomson
    Pages 25-37
  4. Cliff Dennett, Mike Johnson
    Pages 53-72
  5. Jim Ware, Susan Stucky
    Pages 73-87
  6. Matthias Mölleney, Sunnie Groeneveld
    Pages 101-116
  7. Peter Thomson, Andrew Chadwick, Larissa Hämisegger
    Pages 117-126
  8. Michael Staunton, Michael Devlin
    Pages 127-143
  9. Cliff Dennett, Mike Johnson
    Pages 145-157
  10. Susan Stucky, Jim Ware
    Pages 159-173
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 175-192

About this book


This book examines the impact of the digital deluge on employees and organization 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 transform their organizations so they can ride the digital wave rather than be swamped by it.


Information overload Email Stress Presenteeism time management working patterns flexible working employee engagement burnout workplace design wellbeing always on

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Thomson
    • 1
  • Mike Johnson
    • 2
  • J. Michael Devlin
    • 3
  1. 1.FutureWork ForumHenley-on-ThamesUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.FutureWork ForumLymingtonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Future Work ForumBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63798-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63799-0
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