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The Slow Fix: Solve Problems, Work Smarter, and Live Better in a World Addicted to Speed

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    In this speed-obsessed, quick-fix world, it has become almost no

    In this speed-obsessed, quick-fix world, it has become almost normal to expend the minimum amount of effort, in business and in life. But that approach is never quick, and usually makes things worse.

    If you make a mistake, admit it. Don't try to blame someone else. If you are the boss, don't treat that mistake as a disaster that requires that someone be fired. Instead, treat it as an opportunity to take a very close look at your entire process. It may seem preferable to worry only about immediate problems. Is that really better, and cheaper, than going through every bit of your business, top to bottom, to make sure everything is working properly?

    An underlying, fundamental problem rarely has just one cause. Try linking the various pieces of that fundamental problem. Don't focus just on today; look at tomorrow, too. Will fixing Problem X now lead to other big problems next month, or next year?

    Naturally, the devil is in the details. Be willing to see things in a new light. Preparation ahead of time, being ready for anything, will help keep problems from rearing their ugly heads. Don't be afraid to collaborate, especially with someone who has a different field of expertise. A different set of eyes may be just what is needed to solve your problem. There are times when crowdsourcing is the best place to go for an answer to your problem. Don't underestimate the power of games to solve problems.

    Meant more for groups than individuals, this is an excellent book. It is very thought-provoking, and is recommended for everyone.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    I grew up in the 70s and 80s, at the height of make-it-quick pro

    I grew up in the 70s and 80s, at the height of make-it-quick processed foods and the birth of the home personal computer (so fast! so amazing!). And while my parents did things mostly the old-fashioned way, slowly and from scratch, I was born with a desire to see things happen quickly. It wasn't that I wasn't willing to work for it, it's just that I thought if i worked REALLY HARD, I could get to my goal FASTER.

    But that isn't always the case. In fact, in most cases, working harder and faster does not help you achieve your goal. I'm 41 and I'm just now starting to GET IT.

    When I picked up this book, The Slow Fix, I knew it was the right time to read it. I knew that I had finally reached a point in my life when I could actually absorb what this book had to offer.

    The subtitle is correct. Solve problems, work smarter, and live better in a world addicted to speed. The examples and people that Honore details in this book are amazing. From turning around a failing inner-city school in Los Angeles; to creating an amazing rapid transit system in Bogota, Columbia; to changing the majority of a country's citizens to supporting and wanting to donate organs upon their death (or their relatives' deaths); this book was a revelation in understanding the amount of time, effort and work that goes into solving BIG, long-term problems.

    Honore's style of writing made this book a fun and interesting read. I really enjoyed it. It inspired me to think about how to employ slow fixes in improving my life and my business. This book is a great reminder to think of the end goal, the ultimate goal, and take the time I need to get there.

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