September 21, 2012

News & Opinion: Creating & Innovating: Slow Down to Think Smarter

By: Sally Haldorson @ 8:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We've posted a new Exploration over on KnowledgeBlocks: Slow Down to Think Smarter.

It's an age-old adage, most often told in relation to an Aesop's fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare": slow and steady wins the race. But is that still true?

In today's fast-paced world--with technology and social media making change and reach near instantaneous--most of us feel an acute pressure to act, to react, to respond, and to do it immediately. People who process and communicate decisions quickly are often regarded as being more intelligent, or maybe as having some kind of special gift, and are then rewarded for their speed. Companies that react slowly are called elephants while companies that push out prototypes randomly at the touch of a button (I'm looking at you, Facebook) are considered cutting-edge risk-takers. So is there still an advantage to being slow and steady?

This exploration with look at the value of taking a step back, or moving a step slower, like our friend the Tortoise, because even in today's harried world, giving yourself more time can lead to more assured decision-making and a more creative life.

Featuring a podcast Q&A with the author of WAIT, Frank Partnoy, this exploration looks at the topic via the following books:

Wait: The Art and Science of Delay
Sleeping With Your Smartphone
Thinking, Fast and Slow
The Pause Principle


About Sally Haldorson

Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.