- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Ribbonfarm Inc (March 31, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982703007
- ISBN-13: 978-0982703007
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tempo: timing, tactics and strategy in narrative-driven decision-making Paperback – March 31, 2011
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I would recommend this book to anyone that is pursuing knowledge on self-help, meditation, situational awareness, and increasing success, happiness, and productivity in their life through modern or pre-modern scripture. I do a lot of yogic meditation and the methods in this book of calming and addressing your life and it's various scenarios has gone very much hand-in-hand with many teachings of what I guess most Americans would know as the "buddha-state", or the calm, rational, controlled side of your individual perspective; trying to escape what Siddhartha Guatama would call the illusions of life to see the truth, in an objective, not subjective, way.
The only cons for me were that the analogous situations Rao chooses to use as an avenue for explaining the concepts are a little unrelatable, but only to me, because I don't work in an office or cook for myself very often, as I am still a 20 year old struggling with making my responsible life more fruitful and aerodynamic. However, even though it does get repetitive, the situations themselves were still relatable enough, and that kind of universality of tempo in different parts of different people's lives as being relatable in general is a big theme in the book anyway, so it holds true through my experience of reading it.
TLDR: Two thumbs way up - great book on maintaining calm and balance and success in your personal life by framing your perspective on events and content through the analysis of rhythm. Great combination book for self-help, self-improvement, and meditation enthusiasts.
There's no immediate "entry point" – no crazy subject matter that will reach out and grab you. The book reads as an extended essay that translates the basic workings of the human mind into the language of computer software.
There's lots of talk about "mental models" and "simulating possible worlds" inside your head. Which is pretty chill, but it's not easy to concentrate on text like this.
(Text that constantly TALKS about narrative and strategy, yet steadfastly refuses to have a narrative itself.)
I think it was well worth the read. As long as you don't go into it expecting to read some kind of story, you'll enjoy it.
Do you have the desire and intention to reduce friction in your group's decision-making enactments? Analogous to understanding weather patterns, a range of phenomena in decision-dynamics is illustrated in 3.5.
VANKET illustrates "Ideas from dusty academic journals and from rarefied domains of practice -- such as boardrooms and the decks of aircraft carriers -- [which] are not always reducible to everyday experience. So yes, at times, you will need to stretch you mind."
Indeed, exposing my beliefs, desires, and intentions to Tempo is helping me more accurately draw that thin red line from mindscape to landscape.
Two days of deep reading, my copy is totally dog-eared. Yours should be, too.
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