Long Fuse, Big Bang: Achieving Long-Term Success Through Daily Victories

Long Fuse, Big Bang: Achieving Long-Term Success Through Daily Victories

by Eric Haseltine
     
 

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All too often the tyranny of the urgent stifles the pursuit of the important. Our day-to-day struggles, pressing though they may be, can defeat our long-term goals and obscure opportunities. Additionally, it seems that we're governed by an ancient script, and that the vast majority of our feelings, behaviors, and perceptions are not our conscious choosing, but are

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All too often the tyranny of the urgent stifles the pursuit of the important. Our day-to-day struggles, pressing though they may be, can defeat our long-term goals and obscure opportunities. Additionally, it seems that we're governed by an ancient script, and that the vast majority of our feelings, behaviors, and perceptions are not our conscious choosing, but are the collective actions of many fast but unconscious processes. But it is possible to work around this hardwired, short-time horizon orientation to discover ways to light long fuses, to nurture long-term opportunities, and to nudge projects along that may lead to some new product, process or, breakthrough.

Long Fuse, Big Bang shows readers how to use daily victories to create big-bang opportunities:

Grab all you can, as fast as you can.

Give weight to experiences with emotional resonance.

Ignore all but the small percentage of incoming information that matters.

Give and take knowledge across generations.

Change behavior if you're in a discomfort zone.

Repeat behaviors that are rewarded, avoid behaviors that are punished.

This indispensable book reveals how to focus on tomorrow without sacrificing today.

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Publishers Weekly
Haseltine's studies of the brain have aided him in senior positions with the NSA, Disney Imagineering, and Hughes Aircraft and make this a scholarly, packed analysis. Relying on his own experiences and case studies of pioneering companies like IBM, Disney, and Wal-Mart, Haseltine makes a convincing case that our short-term, put-out-the-fire mentality makes us miss opportunities that come from long-term thinking. In compelling, well-researched examples from a number of fields, Haseltine demonstrates how the successes of today were once the dream projects of visionary leaders who broke their ideas down and organized them into daily increments that allowed them to be approached methodically. Walt Disney, Haseltine points out, understood that "speaking to the heart works much better than speaking to the mind," because our conscious mind is "a Post-it note" compared to the unconscious, which he likens to the "Library of Congress." It's not what we do on a daily basis, he argues, but how we do it.
From the Publisher
"Narrator Kirby Heyborne reads with a sophisticated maturity that sneaks up on listeners.…It's a perfect vehicle for the gravitas of the writing." —AudioFile

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401323639
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
07/20/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Narrator Kirby Heyborne reads with a sophisticated maturity that sneaks up on listeners. . . . It's a perfect vehicle for the gravitas of the writing." —-AudioFile

Meet the Author

Eric Haseltine is the President and Managing Partner of Haseltine Partners LLC. He has held the position of Director of Research at National Security Agency as well as Associate Director for Science and Technology and Director of National Intelligence. In 2001, Eric was the Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering and director of engineering for Hughes Aircraft. Eric has 15 patents in optics, special effects and electronic media, and authored more than 100 publications. Haseltine received his B.A. in economics and psychology from the UC Berkley and his Ph.D. in physiological psychology from Indiana University. He lives in Silver Spring, MD.

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