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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Important Idea, July 2, 2012
This review is from: Wait: The Art and Science of Delay (Hardcover)
A refreshingly different view! Don't just blink but think. Frank Partnoy in this book argues that we are doing too much intuitive "gut" acting and we need to in one word wait. He makes a strong case that those who wait perform the best.

I've read a number of books in this area and I think Partnoy's book is a valuable contribution. Even if you are going to go with your gut, which I believe is the way to go in some cases, after reading this book I'm convinced I need to put it off as long as possible. Partnoy argues that one should make decisions in a three step process:

1) Figure out how long you have to make the decision
2) Ponder the decision as long as possible
3) Act quickly at the last possible moment

In the super fast sports chapter at the beginning of the book the author argues that even in cases in which things happen so fast you can't make conscious decisions, that the best performers are those who are quickest to act after waiting the longest possible time before doing so (e.g. hitting a baseball or tennis ball). From beginning to end he telescopes out from these sub-second decisions to examples that may takes seconds or minutes, weeks, months, years, and decades.

This book is an interesting read and is one of those rare books that may actually prompt you into reconsidering how you behave. It doesn't just repeat the same old tired pablum. I give it high marks and highly recommend it.

This book has Amazon's valuable "Search Inside" feature and I recommend you browse it before you buy. Read the introduction and the table of contents at least so you know what areas it covers.
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Initial post: Jul 2, 2012 4:42:35 PM PDT
Tosborne says:
If only President Bush followed this advice as the weapons of mass destruction arguement was pushed during the build up to the Iraq war
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