Books by Peter Thomson

Conquering Digital Overload

Conquering Digital Overload book coverAfter 18 months of writing and editing I’m pleased to say my second book is now published. “Conquering Digital Overload: leadership strategies that build engaging work cultures” was written by a combination of 16 people, all of whom are Partners in the Future Work Forum. My role as the main editor was to pull together these inputs as well as write some major parts of the content.

The result is a fascinating book that exposes the stresses caused by digital technology and lays down a challenge to leaders to find a solution. It makes the point that the life of leisure promised by the technology has in fact turned out to be an ‘always-on’ lifestyle with poor work-life balance ending in burn-out or drop-out for many people. The cause can be found in the organisational cultures that allow, and in some cases encourage, unhealthy working patterns. And it’s the leaders who set that culture.

The book contains guidance for leaders so they can deal with the cause of this growing problem. The answer is not a welfare programme which simply deals with the symptoms. It’s not solved by turning off the email servers at weekends either. It’s a fundamental change to the way people are managed, giving them control over the way they work. As we move into the world of the ‘gig’ worker, this book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the talent and productivity of their workforce.

The book is available in hardback and Kindle formats from Amazon and other booksellers. It can be ordered direct from the publishers as well. (


Future Work

Having spent most of my life observing and studying the evolution of work, I was thrilled to be able to team up with Alison Maitland in 2011 and publish “Future Work”. This gave me the opportunity to share my ideas about the revolution in working practices that is now happening and the impact this is having on organisaitons and their leadership.

So, whether you are a manager wanting to learn more about the impact on your job or you are an employee trying to understand the changes happening around you, “Future Work” has the answer. The first edition of the book proved so popular that the publishers asked us to do an updated version for 2014. They describe it as ‘an international best-seller’ and ‘critically acclaimed’, but I would just call it a fascinating and thought provoking read.

If you would like to know more about the book, have a look at the website dedicated to it. There you will find videos from myself and Alison, lots of positive comments and a list of the media coverage we’ve had. Although it’s called “Future Work” its very much about the present. It’s stacked full of case studies of leading organisations that are already revolutionising the way their people work, and gaining the business benefits. But the best way for you to find out what it’s about is to buy a copy today - it’s available on Amazon in hardback and Kindle format.