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The Age of Speed: Learning to Thrive in a More-Faster-Now World MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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"Illustrates why harnessing the power of speed is the ultimate solution for those seeking less stress, less busyness, and more balance." -- Soundview Executive Book Summaries
"The trick isn't trying to slow things down but knowing when and how to speed them up." -- Chicago Tribune
"Thought provoking new book ...advocates coming to terms with --nay, savoring -- the `more-faster-now world'". -- TIME Magazine
"Presented briskly - and at times it's as light as a balloon, with its breezy call to turn speed into an advantage. And he helps us address the world more realistically, providing a glimmer of how to beat the tortoise or soar like a jet." -- Toronto Globe & Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
He creates an easy to memorize taxonomy of people and businesses, Zeppelins that can't achieve speed, balloons that don't have to, bottle rockets, fast, but misguided, and jets which is what we want to be. It was a good start, but should have been developed more.
The book does preach against multi-tasking, something we are starting to see more of and those are valuable thoughts to consider, though I am personally not planning to give it up at this point.
My favorite essay was from the author's personal experience, racing across a tightrope, I would have loved to have seen that.
The bottom line, mildly entertaining, the author has lead an interesting life, but the book will not help you and the time spent reading it is better invested trying a different book.
Rarely have I seen a book that offers so little content for a $22 hardcover list price. The 232 pages are padded with 44 full-page chapter and section headings and full-page quotes like "We drown ourselves in trivia and excess." It also contains space-filling "Fast Facts" like "Thirty-six people died when the 804-foot Hindenberg exploded and crashed into the ground in 1937. It was filled with more than seven million cubic feet of hydrogen" and "Reverend Run of Run-DMC is Russell's little brother." Page 12 offers a half-page definition of a Mach number.
After reading a few banal observations (for example, Technology has made life busier and more complicated and Blackberries have the potential to erode productivity) I reviewed the index to find anecdotes on a few companies of interest and then returned this book to the library. This material might support a solid oral presentation but has been stretched far too thin for this medium.
The book has 36 short chapters, with four pages probably the average length. Nearly every chapter serves to make only one point. The book is in eight sections, each of which is about the length of a normal book chapter. To me, those are the actual chapters.
But it's more useful to see this book as consisting of four parts:
In part one, Poscente describes our age of speed and gives his take on how we got to where we are. Then, he shows that speed isn't good or bad in itself. It's what you do with it that counts.
In part two, he looks at how people cope (or not) with speed. He presents four profiles:
1. Zeppelins are slow-moving folks who have a tough time maneuvering or changing course quickly. They are dangerous and potentially explosive.
2. Balloons just happily float along. They don't seek speed and don't need to. They interact with our fast culture only from a distance.
3. Bottle rockets embrace speed, but do so without a real purpose. They can blow up in your face.
4. Jets move very fast, but have outstanding records for reaching their destinations safe and intact.
In part three, he presents three "A" characteristics that really matter in our age of speed: agility, aerodynamics (reducing drag), and alignment. This is modern time management material, and his spin on it is personalized but accurate.Read more ›
Any book capable of getting me to put down five pages of notes on an airplane is a five star book. Either you get it or you don't. This book is not a how to build a company book, it is a how to think about building a company in an age when you either become one with the highway, or you become road kill.
I found the presentation including the mostly dark separation pages attractive. This book is a "just enough" book for reflection, not a tome trying to prove there are ten thousand angels on the head of a pin.
Now here are my notes, don't buy the book if you do not like my notes:
+ Speed trumps privacy, expense, convenience, and fear.
+ Crackberry can drop your IQ by ten points (2.5X smoking marijuana)
+ Speed no longer a luxury, now an expectation
+ Haves and Have Nots now joined by Haves NOW and Haves Later
+ Time is the ultimate irreplacable commodity (it is possible I appreciate this author more because I see the connections--for example, on this point, Colin Gray, author of Modern Strategy, says that time is the one strategic variable that cannot be bought or replaced. This happens to be REALLY IMPORTANT.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is redundant and a very slow read.
Nothing but common sense - set a goal and go for it
Reduce the drag. That is the only way to go faster in this age of speed.
Vince talks about reducing drag as it relates to speed skiing. Read more
I was hoping this brief volume would provide some insight into the psychological underpinnings of today's instant-gratification, hyper-connected world (Cell Phones, SMS, RIM... Read morePublished on August 20, 2009 by Robert Louis
While this book is not chock full of the most original ideas, I did find that there were a few takeaway ideas that, for me at least, were right on target. Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by Erika Croy
In today's atmosphere of hurry, hurry, get things done, make a list, manage your time, stress, stress, stress, Vince Poscente is a soft voice of reason and calm. Read morePublished on March 3, 2009 by C. S. Clarke
The adage that, "...it's a small world after all..." is more than just a trite song played during a Disney World boat ride - it is a truth that is driven by political, economic,... Read morePublished on February 17, 2009 by Rebecca Clement
This book, while an interesting analysis of modern society, is basically a text in time management. The author elaborates on the 'how and why' we have become time-starved, and what... Read morePublished on February 13, 2009 by J. Mark Bickerton