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The Art and Science of Delay

Book - 2012
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What do these scenarios have in common: a professional tennis player returning a serve, a woman evaluating a first date across the table, a naval officer assessing a threat to his ship, and a comedian about to reveal a punch line?

In this counterintuitive and insightful work, author Frank Partnoy weaves together findings from hundreds of scientific studies and interviews with wide-ranging experts to craft a picture of effective decision-making that runs counter to our brutally fast-paced world. Even as technology exerts new pressures to speed up our lives, it turns out that the choices we make--unconsciously and consciously, in time frames varying from milliseconds to years--benefit profoundly from delay. As this winning and provocative book reveals, taking control of time and slowing down our responses yields better results in almost every arena of life ... even when time seems to be of the essence.

The procrastinator in all of us will delight in Partnoy's accounts of celebrity "delay specialists," from Warren Buffett to Chris Evert to Steve Kroft, underscoring the myriad ways in which delaying our reactions to everyday choices--large and small--can improve the quality of our lives.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781610390040
1610390040
Branch Call Number: 153.83 PAR NVD
Characteristics: xii, 290 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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kahuela
Jun 05, 2017

good read, especially if you get an audio version, will leave you with few useful insights on delaying decision or an action.

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linder55
Feb 25, 2014

If you read nothing else in this book, read Chapter 7 : Don't Panic. The best chapter in the book. It explains the difference between Panicking and Choking. Remembering the difference and reacting to that saved my job. I am forever grateful to the author for this timely information. Read the rest of the book, too!

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yewentan
Jan 03, 2014

Excellent book. I definitely picked up a few tips on decision making.

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mclas
Aug 25, 2012

Interesting exploration of decision making and how to think about what is an appropriate delay for each type of decision.

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