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Palgrave Macmillan

Consider

Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking In Your Organization

ISBN 9780230106079
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

There's an intangible and invisible market place within our lives today where the products traded are four fold: attention, distraction, data and meaning. The stories and examples within Consider demonstrate that the best decisions, insights, ideas and outcomes result when we make sufficient time to think and reflect.  While technology allows us to act and react more quickly than ever before, we are taking increasingly less time to consider our decisions before we make them.  Reflection supplies an arsenal of ideas and solutions to the right problems.  The organizations and leaders who can sustain thought upon the right problems, while they absorb the unknowns that will inevitably arise, will prove the most relevant and lasting in this already turbulent new century.

DANIEL PATRICK FORRESTER Strategist and management consultant with over fifteen years experience leading complex strategy and technology evolution engagements for senior executives from Fortune 100 and 500 companies, and federal government organizations. He is currently a Director and Executive within Sapient Government Services, a subsidiary of Sapient Corporation.

Introduction: The Space Between Data and Meaning 
The Human Need for Think Time: of Business, Interleaving, and Solving Big Problems 
Forcing Think Time: of Presidential Commutes, Personal Battle Rhythms & Making Time to Wonder
Thinking Out Loud: of Terminal Niceness, Intellectual Awkwardness & Real Dialogues 
Promoting Think Time: of Intellectual Freedom, Digital Books & Manly Refrigerators 
Let's Take a Step Back: from Abusing E-mail to Exceptional Organizations 
TOO BIG TO THINK? OF CASSANDRAS & COGNITIVE DISSONANCE 
Rapid Contemplation: Rethinking War in the Middle of War 
OUTSIDE THE DAY-to-DAY FROM RADICAL SABATTICALS TO UNLEASHING REFLECTIVE CAPACITY 
Reflection & Extreme Situations: From Commanders Intent, to Finding the Middle Ground 
The Future of Think Time and Reflection: From Sovereign Debt to Subway Performances

Reviews

'Daniel Forrester has sliced through the paradox of our time: while the world seems to want you to go ever faster and keep up with ever more, it actually rewards you for being insightful and for doing work with meaning. I know it's hard to slow down to read this, but you should.' - Seth Godin, author of Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
'While technological improvements make it easier to both act and act quickly, this powerful book reminds us about the value of reflection. Invest the time to read this wonderful work. Your professional and personal actions will be that much more impactful when they are informed by its insights on thoughtfulness.' - Mark Zupan, Dean and Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Simon School of Business, University of Rochester
'Speed and action have replaced well thought out strategic thinking. Daniel provides a valuable guide on how to strategically think and analyze before we act. This first rate book is a must read for leaders in every facet of our society.' - General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Retired)
'Daniel Forrester singles out what is potentially the largest opportunity for corporations and governments of our time: the power of deep reflection at all levels of the organization. Through persuasive and insightful examples he provides evidence that more and better think time is a value creating proposition. He also contributes useful recommendations to actually implement think time habits in your organizations. Anyone in the corporate world should read this book; it may transform your company.' - Sergio A. Pernice, MBA Director and Professor of Organizational Design and Financial Engineering and Risk Management, UCEMA Business School, Argentina
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