The Slow Fix
Solve Problems, Work Smarter and Live Better in A World Addicted to SpeedBook - 2013
In the tradition of his internationally bestselling In Praise of Slow, and drawing on examples from the most progressive and successful leaders in business, politics, science and society, Carl Honoré brilliantly illuminates why the best way to face our problems might just be to take our time.
If the high-flying fighter pilots of the RAF can own up to their mistakes, why can't the rest of us? Toyota was fantastically good at exposing its failings and correcting them, until it stopped, setting the company up for one of the most spectacular falls from grace in the history of the auto industry. BP couldn't bring itself to apologize for its catastrophic oil spill until the entire Gulf Coast of the United States was bearing the brunt of its technological shortcomings.
Addicted as we might be to the quick fix--pills, crash diets or just diverting attention from things about to go wrong--the quick fix never really works. Trying to solve problems in a hurry, sticking on a plaster when surgery is needed, might deliver temporary relief, but only at the price of storing up worse trouble for later. For those looking for a fix that sticks, The Slow Fix will help us produce solutions in life and work that endure.
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Enrique Penalosa pg 160-161 “A good city is one where rich and poor meet as equals in parks, on buses, on sidewalks, at cultural events. Human beings are natural pedestrians. We are animals that need to walk not just to survive but to be happy. A bird in a cage the size of a cathedral is happier than one in a small cage, but the happiest bird is the one that can fly freely with no cage at all.” “To be able to sit outside at a cafe and not be drowned out by cars, to read a newspaper in silence, to hear birdsong, to see children playing without fear in the street and listen to their laughter, to see couples kissing on the sidewalk, to feel safe enough to cycle to work or to meet a friend in a park, to fill the city with butterflies and flowers—all these things change your life in a way that is better than doubling your income. My vision for Bogota was to create a city where people want to be outside, where they can live life as it is meant to be lived.”
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