Before you check your wireless email for the fourth time this hour, ask yourself, is this helping you get further ahead? Cool Down: Getting Further by Going Slower, published by John Wiley and Sons, challenges our modern addiction to high-speed activity, especially email and event-to-event thinking.
People are getting locked inside a loop of surface-level urgencies and are losing the ability to connect creatively with mentors, clients, even their managers. Working days are getting longer, and the separation between work and life is eroding. This, I call, “death-in-harness.”
Cool Down takes a look at the Slow movement that is catching on in Japan and Europe, and asks whether it could possibly take root here, and indeed whether it even should. He takes the concept of “Slow” apart and rebuilds it, using terms, case studies and common sense segments that demonstrate clearly that to get further ahead faster, people do actually need to cool down.
The first three chapters highlight the damage that is being caused by a steadily increasing pace of communication and expectation, including the use of wireless email devices. It discusses how an autistic scientist discovered the human capacity for being always “on”, and then describes how the demand for such constant input has led to the inability to think creatively, and to communicate, at a time in history when we need such talents to counter the threats posed by globalization.
The mid point of the book looks at the current Slow movement, analyzes its roots and its influence, and asks if, or even how it could be introduced in busy North American economies.
The last few chapters demonstrate the value of cooling down on many different and important areas of life, including, how to connect more effectively with customers, how to talk more productively with your boss, how to build and maintain a career safety net to avoid unemployment, how to sell better, network better, eat better, sleep better, how to turn off and enjoy family time, guilt free.
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