James Hewitt is a performance scientist, speaker, and author. His research focuses on high-performance knowledge work, with a particular interest in the impact of technology and working patterns on stress, recovery, wellbeing, and cognitive performance. James’ work includes consulting for Formula 1 drivers and teams, advising Fortune 500 C-suite executives, and novel experiments to investigate sustainable high-performance in knowledge work, with some of the world’s most demanding and top-performing organizations.
Drawing from cutting-edge studies, including his ongoing research, James Hewitt is an increasingly sought-after communicator and is consistently ranked among the top speakers at the events he contributes to. Leaders and event organizers choose James for his energy, inspirational perspectives, and his experience in translating science into practical tactics and effective strategies to enhance wellbeing and performance at an individual and organizational level.
THE REAL RISK OF AI: 30% of human roles could be automated, but the real danger in the ‘future of work’ is not that machines will work more like humans, but that humans will continue to try to work like machines. How can we discover a more human approach to life and work, and what could the benefits be, at an individual and organizational level?
FIND YOUR OWN RHYTHM: Cognitive performance can vary by up to 20% during the average day, and the timing of work and rest can have a significant impact on wellbeing and productivity. How can you discover your own rhythm, and what could this mean in the context of emerging trends such as ‘flexible working’?
THE ATTENTION PARADOX: Has work really got harder, or is there just more to pay attention to? 79% of people check their smartphones within 15 minutes of waking up in the morning. We check in on communication tools once every 6 minutes and, on average, are interrupted at work once every 11 minutes. The people who need to pay attention the most are often the most at risk of distraction. How can we rediscover focus, and reduce stress?
THE KEY TO SUSTAINABLE HIGH-PERFORMANCE: 50% of workers report high levels of stress and burnout, workplace stress may be responsible for 1/5th of staff turnover, most employees are not sleeping adequately but are not aware of it, which is contributing to diminished wellbeing and higher rates of burnout. How can we address these challenges and achieve more sustainable high performance?
THE ANATOMY OF VICTORY: Knowledge work is an endurance activity. Frameworks and learnings from endurance sport and world-class athletes can provide new perspectives to equip individuals and businesses to achieve more sustainable high performance.