November 8, 2012 · 7:00 PM
I'm Jim, a charter member of Julie's Reading, Wine and Conversation bookclub. Since the Nov 5 bookclub meeting for "Wait: The Art and Science of Delay" is already full, I decided to host a second meeting on Thursday, Nov 8. Most of you know that I've hosted second meetings in the past.
If you haven't been confirmed for Julie's meeting on Nov 5 or Nov 8 is a better date for you, please come join us! I'd also ask that you change your RSVP to Julie's meeting (including those of you on the waitlist) if you sign up for mine. I will send out location/driving/parking information a week before our meeting.
Please sign up only if you plan to read the book and attend. Book information is below. Feel free to contact me if you have questions. I look forward to an interesting discussion!
Wait: The Art and Science of Delay, by Frank Partnoy
Many of the reviews on Amazon mention this as a valuable and insightful complement to "Blink," which our bookclub read in the past.
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.