The Simplicity Principle
Six Steps Towards Clarity in a Complex World
by Julia Hobsbawm
Pub Date 28 Apr 2020
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WHY SIMPLICITY IS VITAL TO CUT THROUGH COMPLEXITY AND CONNECT WITH OURSELVES
Most of us are so reliant on technology that we are in danger of forgetting how to be human and the risk is that we make our lives more complicated as a result. The average person now has at least 7 social media accounts, they pick up their smartphones every 12 minutes, and research shows it takes nearly half an hour to regain concentration when going offline. Is it right to blame technology for overload or is it us, the human, which has had our finger on the button all along? Author, social entrepreneur, and international speaker Julia Hobsbawm has the answer – and it is extremely simple.
In her new book, The Simplicity Principle: Six Steps Towards Clarity in a Complex World (Kogan Page, April 28, 2020, Hardcover $19.95,) Hobsbawm, a leading commentator around the world on “Social Health” and connected behaviors in a digital age, challenges the assumption that all things that are complex have to stay that way and lays the foundation for simplification. In a format that is easy to follow, she outlines the steps needed to discover a more productive, creative and focused life. As we become more and more reliant on technology, we crave cut-off, cut-through and clarity. The Simplicity Principle speaks to this deep need for our society as a whole; whether a working mother, new graduate beginning their first job post-college, high-powered CEO, or stay-at-home parent, everyone needs guidance on ways to simplify their lives.
Unlike similar books on the subject, Hobsbawm doesn’t encourage simplification just to reduce stress, eliminate anxieties, or spend more time with family, she instead focuses on the doors her simplicity principles can open. In an enlightening and entertaining feature or interview, Hobsbawm covers the balance between what has to be complex and what can be simple and why finding this balance can be a gamechanger. Filled with real life examples and solid case studies, she also covers:
-How Maya Angelou personally inspired the mantra of the book: Keep It Simple, Sweetie
-Hexagon Action: The six-step approach to simplifying any task of challenge based on clarity, individuality, rest, knowledge, networks, and time
-Top techniques on how to leave the distracted masses and join the focused few
-Where nature and science can teach us to find a simple way to use geometry and pattern to retrain how you behave
-How to combat the ‘infobesity’ epidemic and ways to overcome it
-How to reduce, manage and minimize life’s traffic jams and overcome decision exhaustion
-How to gain clarity with one simple question: What does success look like?
-Embracing your inner housekeeper to cultivate a tidy mind
-Mind-less-ness: Letting space happen to increase perspective
-And finally, why we need to ‘Be the Bee’ and learn from the humble honeybee!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Julia Hobsbawm is an acclaimed entrepreneur and writer who addresses the problems and solutions of humans in the machine age. She was described by James Harding, former editor of The Times and BBC News and founder of Tortoise Media, as 'one of the most important public intellectuals in the UK' and by Johann Hari the bestselling writer and TED talker as ‘a fascinating thinker’. She is Honorary Visiting Professor of Workplace Social Health at London's Cass Business School, and Editor-at-Large of Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, A columnist for Strategy + Business Magazine, and in the past year alone has addressed audiences across Europe, Asia and America with her ideas. Her book Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload, was shortlisted for Management Book of the Year 2018 and Business Book of the Year 2018.
To learn more, visit www.juliahobsbawm.com and connect with the author on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
ABOUT KOGAN PAGE:
Kogan Page is the leading independent global publisher of business books and content with over 1000 titles in print. Founded in 1967, its award-winning work offers books and digital solutions for professional practice and academic achievement. Its expert authors come from the most prestigious academic institutions, international commercial organizations and professional associations, delivering high-level, accessible and professional content in key subject areas relating to business and management. Kogan Page has offices in London, New York and New Delhi.
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A Note From the Publisher
Author is available for interviews, blog tours, autographed tours, autographed book giveaways, contests, and book club discussions.
“Julia Hobsbawn is a fascinating thinker and in this book she teaches us how to live a clearer, simpler life really thoughtfully” -Johann Hari, best-selling author of Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression
“I devoured this terrific book. In a world jammed up with the hectic pace of life The Simplicity Principle shows an easy roadmap back to calm and control” — Bruce Daisley, (soon to be) former European Vice President, Twitter and bestselling author of The Joy of Work and host of the UK number 1 business podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat
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