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WE ALL GET SPEED.
BUT IS THERE
ANOTHER WAY?
THE BIG ADVICE
“Wait until the last possible
moment to make decisions
or take positions”
Waiting gives you the benefit
of ...
VERBAL CHOICE CLUES We praise efficiency
"Bob answers every email"
“He always gives you a quick decision"
“He never mi...
AUTHOR
FRANK
PARTNOY
"WE ARE HARD-WIRED TO
REACT QUICKLY.
MODERN SOCIETY TAPS INTO
THAT HARDWIRING, TEMPTING
US TO RESPOND...
ROBERT
STERNBERG
PSYCHOLOGIST
“The essence of intelligence
would seem to be in
knowing when to think and
act quickly,
and ...
DON'T JUST DO
SOMETHING, STAND
THERE.
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WAIT: The art and science of delay by Frank Partnoy

In our world of faster, faster, faster, WAIT asks the question - when and how do we slow down? From racist doctors to losing football coaches, the book gives great examples of the REVERSE of the old maxim: Don't just do something, stand there.

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WAIT: The art and science of delay by Frank Partnoy

  1. 1. WE ALL GET SPEED. BUT IS THERE ANOTHER WAY?
  2. 2. THE BIG ADVICE “Wait until the last possible moment to make decisions or take positions” Waiting gives you the benefit of all the time you possess, allowing ideas to form and thoughts to coalesce IF YOU HAVE AN HOUR TO MAKE A DECISION, TAKE 59 MINUTES. IF YOU HAVE A YEAR, TAKE 364 DAYS
  3. 3. VERBAL CHOICE CLUES We praise efficiency "Bob answers every email" “He always gives you a quick decision" “He never misses a deadline  But at what cost? "Bob's emails never say anything interesting" “He doesn't seem to think very deeply” “His work is on time but never insightful” Quality should matter as much as speed.
  4. 4. AUTHOR FRANK PARTNOY "WE ARE HARD-WIRED TO REACT QUICKLY. MODERN SOCIETY TAPS INTO THAT HARDWIRING, TEMPTING US TO RESPOND INSTANTLY TO ALL KINDS OF INFORMATION AND DEMANDS. YET WE ARE OFTEN BETTER OFF RESISTING BOTH BIOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY."
  5. 5. ROBERT STERNBERG PSYCHOLOGIST “The essence of intelligence would seem to be in knowing when to think and act quickly, and knowing when to think and act slowly”
  6. 6. DON'T JUST DO SOMETHING, STAND THERE.

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