The Art and Science of Delay

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Presents information from scientific studies and interviews with experts in several fields that suggests that delaying responses when making a decision can improve the decision quality, even in situations where time is in short supply.

Perseus Publishing

What do these scenarios have in common: a professional tennis player returning a serve, a woman evaluating a first date across the table, a naval officer assessing a threat to his ship, and a comedian about to reveal a punch line?

In this counterintuitive and insightful work, author Frank Partnoy weaves together findings from hundreds of scientific studies and interviews with wide-ranging experts to craft a picture of effective decision-making that runs counter to our brutally fast-paced world. Even as technology exerts new pressures to speed up our lives, it turns out that the choices we make––unconsciously and consciously, in time frames varying from milliseconds to years––benefit profoundly from delay. As this winning and provocative book reveals, taking control of time and slowing down our responses yields better results in almost every arena of life … even when time seems to be of the essence.

The procrastinator in all of us will delight in Partnoy’s accounts of celebrity “delay specialists,” from Warren Buffett to Chris Evert to Steve Kroft, underscoring the myriad ways in which delaying our reactions to everyday choices––large and small––can improve the quality of our lives.

A renowned financial commentator and consultant explains the mysteries and transformative power of the well-time pause, and how delay can improve all kinds of decision-making

& Taylor

The renowned financial commentator and author of F.I.A.S.C.O. explains the mysteries and transformative power of the well-time pause to reveal how delay can improve decision making, sharing provocative insights to demonstrate how to assess how long a decision can be delayed and how to avoid making "gut instinct" snap judgments. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781610390040
Branch Call Number: 153.83 PARTN
Characteristics: 290 pages


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Oct 15, 2019

Good one quarter of a book, which can be pleasantly skimmed with that in mind. Unfortunately the author did not take his own good advice -- figure how long you have to act, and then wait as long as you can. The author is a very accomplished person, who I suspect would have avoided much of the banality and triteness, if he had contemplated the editting for another ten years. Cheers

Jun 05, 2017

good read, especially if you get an audio version, will leave you with few useful insights on delaying decision or an action.

Feb 25, 2014

If you read nothing else in this book, read Chapter 7 : Don't Panic. The best chapter in the book. It explains the difference between Panicking and Choking. Remembering the difference and reacting to that saved my job. I am forever grateful to the author for this timely information. Read the rest of the book, too!

Jan 03, 2014

Excellent book. I definitely picked up a few tips on decision making.

Aug 25, 2012

Interesting exploration of decision making and how to think about what is an appropriate delay for each type of decision.


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