When: The Art of Perfect Timing

When: The Art of Perfect Timing

by Stuart Albert
     
 

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An elegant and counterintuitive guide to achieving perfect timing

Timing is everything. Whether we are making strategic business decisions or the smallest personal choice, we must decide not only what to do, but when to do it. Act too early—or too late—and the results can be disastrous. Based on a 20-year investigation into more

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An elegant and counterintuitive guide to achieving perfect timing

Timing is everything. Whether we are making strategic business decisions or the smallest personal choice, we must decide not only what to do, but when to do it. Act too early—or too late—and the results can be disastrous. Based on a 20-year investigation into more than 2,000 timing issues and errors, When presents a single and practical approach for dealing with timing in life and business. Good timing, Albert argues, is not just a matter of luck, intuition, or past experience—all of which may be unreliable—but a skill. He describes that skill and details the tools and methods needed to conduct a successful timing analysis.

  • The book is the first to offer an efficient and comprehensive way to think through any timing issue
  • Filled with dozens of lively stories illustrating good and bad timing in all walks of life—business, warfare, medicine, sports, entertainment and the arts
  • Written by Stuart Albert, one of the foremost timing experts in the world and developer of the first practical, research-based method for turning the skill of timing into a competitive advantage

Engaging and counterintuitive, When will show everyone, regardless of the work they do, or the life they live, that "it's all in the timing."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
”Timing matters... in every aspect of business: from the launch of a new product, to decisions about when to change strategic direction, spin off part of a company, accept a counteroffer or invest in new equipment.” A self-professed timing expert, Albert argues that there’s much more to avoiding timing errors than simply learning how to wait for the right moment. Too often, he says, we rely on “time-impoverished” information—i.e., data that fails to account for the “temporal structure of everything that happens.” Albert shows readers how to determine what kind of data is appropriate, and then demonstrates how to analyze it for useful patterns, which he calls the “temporal architecture.” This architecture comprises considerations like the sequence and duration of steps in a process, as well as its “shape,” which can reveal “bumps,” cycles, and bottlenecks. Illustrative examples range from flight schedules to the rocky launch of the Segway, NASCAR’s system for assigning penalties, and the musical concept of polyphony, which Albert uses to examine parallel processes. This detail-rich, case-study-based volume is a truly unique addition to the business literature, and Albert’s common-sense points will prove a boon to readers eager to make time count. Agent: Jacque Murphy, Inkwell Management. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118226117
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/26/2013
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
739,663
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Albert is one of the foremost timing experts in the world. He is professor at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and at M.I.T. The developer of a practical, research-based method for managing timing in business, Albert has worked with small and medium-sized companies, as well as large multi-nationals, to help executives better decide and manage issues of timing. His patent on the interpretation of movement in time was featured in the New York Times.

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