The Age of Speed - Hardcover Book
IS OUR 24/7, MORE-FASTER-NOW CULTURE
EATING US ALIVE—OR SETTING US FREE?
For everyone feeling Trampled By The Speed of life And Business, Author Vince Poscente reveals how To get Ahead of The rush once And for All In The Age of Speed.
Unraveling the notion that in today’s world we need to slow down, Poscente illustrates why harnessing the power of speed is the ultimate solution for those seeking less stress, less busyness, and more balance. The Age of Speed shows this and other groundbreaking revelations at work with case studies drawn from renegade companies such as Snapple, Netflix, Samsung, and Geico. And in the tradition of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, a storyteller’s voice enlivens its provocative research and counterintuitive insights.
"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
The Following Review was submitted, unsolicited by Robert David Steele (a top 1,000 Reviewer on Amazon)
I was desperate for a read for the flight back from Tampa, and finally found this book at the airport. I can understand why some folks are impatient with it and spontaneously derisive, but as someone with over 1000 non-fiction reviews under his belt, I'm going to come down solidly in favor of this book.
The Lord's Prayer is short and simple and not the Bible. Let's keep this in perspective.
Any book capable of getting me to put down five pages of notes on an airplane is a five star book. Either you get it or you don't. This book is not a how to build a company book, it is a how to think about building a company in an age when you either become one with the highway, or you become road kill.
I found the presentation including the mostly dark separation pages attractive. This book is a "just enough" book for reflection, not a tome trying to prove there are ten thousand angels on the head of a pin.
Now here are my notes, don't buy the book if you do not like my notes:
+ Speed trumps privacy, expense, convenience, and fear.
+ Crackberry can drop your IQ by ten points (2.5X smoking marijuana)
+ Speed no longer a luxury, now an expectation
+ Haves and Have Nots now joined by Haves NOW and Haves Later
+ Time is the ultimate irreplacable commodity (it is possible I appreciate this author more because I see the connections--for example, on this point, Colin Gray, author of Modern Strategy, says that time is the one strategic variable that cannot be bought or replaced. This happens to be REALLY IMPORTANT.
+ Transaction speed trumps "too much attention, too much interaction"
+ Learning to save time open more options which opens more trees
+ Herd resists speed--it still has a connotation of "reckless, naughty, impatient." GET OVER IT.
+ Speed is best applied to mundane repetitive tasks, then to the repetive important. At no time does the author suggest that one should not spend TIME on the special, but he does point out that short-cuts can be justified and should not be automatically scorned.
+ 1990's pushed us into constant digital learning, but many have not gotten with the program. See Don't Bother Me Mom--I'm Learning!
+ New game is speed. Will have an impact an ORDER OF MAGNITUDE more than the present infantile Internet (this will include many of the things Google is working on, including the hand-held as THE device, voice to text, text to voice, etc.
+ the TIME VALUE of activities can now be ranked and we must learn to do this.
+ the equation of TIME, QUALITY, COST has changed. LESS TIME is needed, and that opens options for packing more value into the same old time.
+ Stress today is from the sense that being "always on" blurs the lines between work and home,. The author excels at illuminating how liberating it can be if one is "always on" BUT ALSO always free to do work from home or elsewhere. The trick here is to not confuse the OLD ideas of work as being a place and time, with the NEW ideas of work and non-work from anywhere anytime.
+ Organize based on values and passion, not time and place.
+ Those organizations that adopt this philosophy of "Results" are finding a 35% increase in the bottom line and a 100% retention rate. These are the author's numbers, I am not a fact checker, but I believe this.
+ Getting to warp speed requires elimination of drag and fiction
+ Multi-tasking is bad--it splits the brain (divide by number of tasks)
+ Constant interruptions are bad, memory is compromised and destroyed
+ The author presents an excellent quadrant illustration that I will summarize in text here (envision, in relation to speed, Succeed Fail on one axis and Resist Embrace on the other):
- Fail Resist: Zepellins (this is the USG and the US Intelligence Community--without a clue in the brave new world, wasting $60 million a year of the hard-earned taxpayer dollar).
- Fail Embrace: Bottle Rockets. This could be the neo-cons, who decided to take America's power for a test drive, clueless about reality. They broke the bank AND the rest of the world.
- Succeed Resist: Ballons, blowing in the wind.
- Succeed Embrace: These are the Jets, the ones that see that speed is empowering, that in the spirit of aikido, one can go with the flow and be empowered by the flow.
+ Lessons from bats:
- Sense opportunity
- Be flexible
- Adjust rapidly
The above is the epitaph of the US Government. We have 27 secessionist movements in the USA, and a massive public uprising in the making, precisely because our corrupt politians, our inert civil servants, and our oversly obsequious generals and admirals have all come together to betray the public trust.
There are only two points on which I would fail the author, but neither is sufficient to reduce my appreciation for this excellent work.
1) He makes a glib and uninformed reference to Competitive Intelligence, while flogging a product, WebQL from QL2. Two observations: first, competitive intelligence is passe--the new thing is commercial intelligence, which provides a 360 view, and does not focus solely on competitors. Second, Silobreaker.com is *the* commercial intelligence tool, when combined with a global network of runners, observers, indigenous and international experts, analysts, and distributed processing power.
2) The author praises Google without really understanding the company. Google is indeed fleet of foot, but it is earning $1 for every $10 million in fantasy cash given to it by the individual stockholder (Wall Street would never have made such a mistake--Google is over-capitalized and out of control). Google achieves speed with its computational mathematics (good but unregulationed and a potential economy crasher), and its total disdain for privacy, copyright, and all standards of propriety (Google steals everything it touches including your medical records and email). [For more on this , Yahoo for "Google 2.0: The Calculating Predator" -- and the reason to use Yahoo is that Google is manipulating what you see. Google can no longer be trusted.
The author ends with some suggested solutions that include:
+ Trusted Sources
+ Trusted Destination
+ Focus on goal not route
+ Authentic purpose
+ Aligned organization
+ Alighed individual
+ Be true to your star, others will gravitate
+ Speed and simplicity go together.
I am *very* comfortable giving this book five stars. It is what you make of it. I, obviously, found a great deal in this book, and I will leave it at that.
Well done. Righteous.