Boosting personal and organisational performance in the digital age

Ade McCormack

Ade McCormack is a former technologist who today is focused on helping individuals, organisations and societies thrive in the digital age. He has written a number of books on digital age matters and has lectured at MIT Sloan School of Management on digital leadership. Ade similarly had columns in the Financial Times and CIO magazine on this theme. He has worked in about 40 countries with many of the world’s most recognisable brands. He also works with the University of Cambridge in respect of executive education.

In this session, we explore the importance of attention in respect of individual performance and the challenges faced in these increasingly distracting times. We also explore the implications of this on organisational performance. Spoiler alert: We are now thankfully entering an era where it is good to be a human in respect of work, but it will require many of us to raise our game.


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01:15 Early life and career

03:04 Adaptation to technology

7:30 Background in sport

11:18 Attention Dynamics

16:08 Work-life integration

17:55 Attention in the digital age

24:34 Performance enhancements

27:27 Leadership

29:03 A minimalistic approach to life

33:00 Willpower and the habitualization of life

43:15 Humanity in the digital age

49:24 The future of automation

56:45 Super resilience and leadership

01:01:35 University and super-hubs

01:10:00 The coach-athlete relationship in work

01:13:30 Ade’s current attentions