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The Age of Speed: Learning to Thrive in a More-Faster-Now World Paperback – August 26, 2008
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is a must read for every executive who is feeling the bite of globalization and technological inundation. It helped me understand my own dilemmas as well as those with whom I manage. I not only recommend this book, I recommend all of Vince's books. He gets it!
This book is much more hype/marketing than substance, and unless you want an unhealthy rise in blood pressure from the growing anger you'll feel with every page turn (at how you've been duped into spending your hard earned money on this garbage), my advice is to look elsewhere.
I decided to resign this book to where it would have the most impact and do the most good. After removing the hard cover, the remaining pages were placed in the mixed paper recycling bin.
Poscente does not offer dry, professorial content pregnant with obfuscation but rather snap-quick anecdotal insights that despite appearances to the contrary are well-researched and attributed.
If a reader longs for the grad school stuff there is plenty of that out there but for those who want practical ideas with immediate application and understanding then read The Age of Speed. As one reviewer observed...the concepts as simple as there are, keep popping back up in my head weeks after I finished the book.
If there was one book I would recommend reading on the subject or the increasingly fast pace of our professional and personal lives this would definitely be it.
The play on scientific studies and company examples barely scratched the surface. I don't recall more than one given example of any single point.
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