The Age of Speed: Learning to Thrive in a More-Faster-Now World
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The Age of Speed: Learning to Thrive in a More-Faster-Now World [Hardcover]

Vince Poscente
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Business consultant Poscente employs velocity as a catchall term for explaining how to thrive in our hyperstimulated society. A former Olympic speed skier, he explains how people and organizations can best equip themselves to surf the endless assault of tasks and data familiar to any office worker. To him, speed both causes and solves the ambiguity surrounding high technology and the competing demands of career and personal life. But even if speed is the answer, this book doesn't uncover any insight that hasn't occurred to anyone who's ever stayed late tapping out e-mails. For case studies, the book wheels out long-suffering Eastman Kodak as an example of a Zeppelin that couldn't keep pace with new technology. Google, meanwhile, is a Jet that upped the ante. But readers who want to learn from that savvy company would be better served by other studies than this brief sketch. Poscente dallies on the Aligned Organization and the notion that work is no longer a place—it's a state of mind, but the result is a string of business clichés. With almost every other page left blank, Poscente's kind enough not to demand too much of his readers' time. But the lack of substance ensures that they'll forget it even faster. (Sept.)
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"God bless Vince Poscente...a good counterpoint to all the handwringing that technology is sapping our very souls." -- Austin American Statesman

"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

From the Publisher

"The Age of Speed is your bible to surf the speed tsunami that's overtaking business and life."

--Scott Cook, Chairman and Co-Founder, INTUIT

"A must-read for anyone caught in the blur between life and work where communication is instant, timelines are tightening, and results are expected immediately."

--Barbara Beck, President, MANPOWER, INC., Europe, Middle East, and Africa

"Seek out speed and celebrate it as your most powerful tool in the global race for better business, a better life, and a better world."

-- Michael Lister, Chairman and CEO, JACKSON HEWITT, INC.

"In a very fun, engaging, and information style, Vince Poscente illuminates how to navigate our new world of more, faster, now. His counterintuitive notion of embracing speed rather than coping with it will change the way people live and work."

--Stephen M.R. Covey, Author, THE SPEED OF TRUST

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