The Art and Science of Delay
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.78 hours)
Product Number: Z100097649
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483067957
Narrator/s: Sean Runnette
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A passionate polemic in favor of pausing to think, not blink 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 contrary to our brutally fast-paced world. Thought technology is exerting 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. 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.

Author(s): Frank Partnoy
Original Publish Date: Jun 26, 2012

Professional reviews

"In a response to Malcolm Gladwell's BLINK and the culture embracing the fast thinking, or "thin slicing," that book spawned, Partnoy extols the virtues of waiting--just long enough--in an accelerating world. In the tradition of James Gleick's hilarious FASTER and Steven Johnson's WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM, Partnoy strings together anecdotes in support of a broad, slightly fuzzy thesis. He has good material but a penchant to wander from his topic, particularly near the end of the book. Sean Runnette's avuncular delivery adds humanity to Partnoy's stories. His pace works well for Partnoy's thematically connected tales. All told, this is an enjoyable listen. F.C. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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