Thriving On Overload : The 5 Powers for Success in a World of Exponential Information, reviewed

We look at this book by Ross Dawson, THRIVING ON OVERLOAD The 5 Powers for Success in a World of Exponential Information. See more on the website here

Thriving On Overload : The 5 Powers for Success in a World of Exponential Information, reviewed

Firstly the title is misleading. It suggests this is going to be a macho, rest is for the weak type of narrative. However it is actually nothing of the sort, and, as we dug into the book we found it to be a useful way to tackle information overload, therefore it is a slight shame that it has been titled in a way that, initially, suggests the complete opposite.

We liked the book, and it tackles the issue well, with a good breakdown of the challenges faced, and strategies for engaging with, and mitigating the problem. There  is too much information, there are too many sources, and we also have our own filter bubbles and restrictions on what we will remain open too. These are all issues we need to be cognisant about, and have strategies for mixing up our sources of information and intelligence. Dawson takes us on a streetwise tour of how to tackle, manage and wrestle control over the over flowing hydrant on stories and information.

This is a useful book and we would recommend it as a stocking filler or something to reboot your new year with.

Very happy to announce that my latest book:
Thriving on Overload: The 5 Powers for Success in a World of Exponential Information
will be published by McGraw-Hill @MHBusiness on September 6!
Full story and stacks of extra resources at

— Ross Dawson (@rossdawson) April 19, 2022

More about the book

When keeping up with massive amounts of information is part of your job and daily life, how do you transform a feeling of overwhelm to a sense of abundance and empowerment? Discover practical insights and strategies to build a positive relationship with information and excel at work and all your ventures.

In Thriving on Overload, Ross Dawson provides simple actionable techniques for staying ahead in an accelerating world. It’s all about choosing to thrive on overload—rather than being overwhelmed by it. He draws on his work as a leading futurist and 25 years of research into the practices that transform a surplus of information into compelling value. Develop the five intertwined powers that, together, enable extraordinary performance:

• Purpose: understanding why you engage with information enables a healthier
relationship that generates success and balance in your life.
• Framing: creating frameworks that connect information into meaningful patterns
builds deep knowledge, insight, and world-class expertise.
• Filtering: discerning what information serves us, using an intelligent portfolio of
information sources, helps surface valuable signals above the pervasive noise.
• Attention: allocating your awareness with intent, including laser-like focus and
serendipitous discovery, maximizes productivity and outcomes.
• Synthesis: expanding our unique capacity to integrate a universe of ideas yields
powerful insight, the ability to see opportunities first, and better decisions.

Discover valuable lessons from some of the world’s most extraordinary “information masters”: entrepreneurs, investors, executives, and researchers who are completely at home in a world awash with information, capable of transforming vast mines of data into the solid gold of insight and effective action. Packed with clear guidance, useful exercises, engaging stories, and handy resources,

Thriving on Overload will help you build the capabilities that enable you to outperform your peers and prosper as never before in a world defined by excessive information.

More about Ross Dawson

Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading futurist, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, bestselling author, and entrepreneur.

Ross is in strong demand globally, having delivered keynote speeches and strategy workshops in over 30 countries across six continents for companies such as American Express, Boston Consulting Group, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Google, Interpublic Group, Microsoft, News Limited, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, PwC, Star Alliance, Visa, Walmart and many other leading organizations.

He is Founding Chairman of the Advanced Human Technologies Group of companies and Founder of Bondi Innovation.

His latest book is the forthcoming Thriving on Overload: The 5 Powers for Success in a World of Exponential Information, out September 6, 2022. Previous books include the acclaimed book Living Networks, which The New York Times credits with predicting the social networking revolution, the bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, now out in its second edition, the highly successful Implementing Enterprise 2.0, and Getting Results From Crowds.

Ross’s frequent media appearances include CNN, Bloomberg TV, SkyNews, ABC TV, Today and Sunrise shows, The New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, The Times, BBC, Le Monde, Die Welt, El País and many others.

Ross has been named as one of the most influential people in the world in the future of work, fintech, crowdfunding, and Enterprise 2.0, and by Digital Media magazine as one of the 40 biggest players in Australia’s digital age.

Ross has run executive education programs and lectured at numerous academic institutions around the world, including the University of Virginia, Australian Graduate School of Management, Singapore Institute of Management, Institute of Banking and Finance, Institute of Company Directors Malaysia, and Singularity University in Silicon Valley, and is faculty for the innovation programs of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Previously Ross worked in senior positions in London, Tokyo and Sydney, most recently at Thomson Financial as Global Director – Capital Markets as well as for Merrill Lynch and NCR. He has worked at senior levels in many countries and cultures, and speaks five languages.

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