Wait: The Art and Science of Delay by Frank Partnoy

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Read Wait: The Art and Science of Delay Online Free - 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.

Title : Wait: The Art and Science of Delay
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ISBN : 1610390040
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Riku rated it ★★★☆☆

May 31, 2017

If it works, you are a "delay specialist" and your delay was strategic - kudos to you. If it doesn't, you are a mere procrastinator who cant tell a minute hand from an hour hand - shame on you.

Harry Roger rated it ★★★★☆

November 14, 2012

My first professional job as a Librarian was in 1972 at the Worcester Public Library, with long hair and a beard and fire in my belly to save the world with equal access to information. Library Director Joseph S. Hopkins described an administrative strategy of never making any decision until forc...

Eustacia rated it ★★★★☆

May 21, 2012

Quick, from the title alone, what's book is the opposite of this? If you said Blink by Malcom Gladwell, then you and I have the same thought process. The subtitle of this book is "The Art and Science of Delay", which is so different from the thin-slicing concept in Blink. But, apart from the subj...

Jon rated it ★★★☆☆

September 14, 2012

I guess my snarky takeaway from this book by a former investment banker and corporate lawyer is that it's always best to act at exactly the right time, neither too soon nor too late. Thanks very much for that insight. But actually the book is full of interesting descriptions of experiments examin...

Eric rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 26, 2012

The problem with Frank Partnoy’s Wait can be summed up through his story of UNX, a high frequency trading firm. Unlike day trading, where humans quickly buy and sell stocks, HFT is entirely computerized. Advanced algorithms make millions of trades a day and enact them quicker than any human could...

Orsolya rated it ★☆☆☆☆

April 05, 2016

Time is of essence, they say, and often we are forced to make quick decisions. Yet, many people are also prone to delaying and procrastinating. Is this delay harmful? Perhaps it can actually be a positive tactic? Frank Partnoy attempts to prove why waiting until the last minute or even pushing th...

Birgit rated it ★★★☆☆

June 16, 2012

Just like it's said that revenge is a dish best served cold, apparently waiting before striking, or just plain doing something, is often the better course of action. In Wait Frank Partnoy explores delay in both short and long term decisions and how understanding the former can help us better hand...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

March 26, 2014

Wait is a phrase that you will often hear a parent use when dealing with a small child. I know I have used is often enough myself. In these days of faster communications, instant messages, 24 hour email and the pressure to make instantaneous choices, Partnoy wants us to think slower, to take time...

Doug rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 27, 2012

I was very disappointed by this book. Heard Partnoy interviewed on NPR and he was quite interesting. But the book wasn't. Far too much time spent on why tennis players wait until the last minute to make choices. (Interesting point, but a full chapter?) And that was just the beginning. So I jumped t...

Cara rated it ★★★☆☆

December 18, 2014

I liked the idea of this book, but it quickly turned into one of those books that's just a collection of moderately interesting facts somewhat related to the title without any real depth. I'm getting pretty sick of these kinds of books, to be honest. I don't know if they're becoming more common,...

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