When: The Art of Perfect Timing

When: The Art of Perfect Timing

by Stuart Albert
     
 

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Timing is everything.

Whether you are making high-stakes business decisions or personal choices, you must decide not only what to do, but when to do it. Act too early or too late, and the results can be disappointing - or even disastrous. But how can you know when the time is right?

Timing can be learned.

In When, timing

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Overview

Timing is everything.

Whether you are making high-stakes business decisions or personal choices, you must decide not only what to do, but when to do it. Act too early or too late, and the results can be disappointing - or even disastrous. But how can you know when the time is right?

Timing can be learned.

In When, timing expert Stuart Albert presents a fresh, counterintuitive, and above all practical approach to dealing with timing issues. Albert shows that good timing is not just a matter of luck, intuition, or past experience-all of which may be unreliable - but requires skill. When teaches the tools and methods needed to build and use that skill, equipping you to choose and use timing to your (competitive) advantage.

At the heart of the book is Albert’s timing analysis method, based on a decades-long investigation of more than 2,000 timing issues and errors. When examines in depth the six key elements of timing analysis: Sequence, Temporal Punctuation, Interval/Duration, Rate, Shape, and Polyphony, and how they fit together in timing design. Examples from the worlds of business, warfare, medicine, sports, entertainment, and the arts bring those elements to life, clearly illustrating how to find timing patterns and craft a subtle, sophisticated, specific – and effective – course of action, whether in business or in everyday life.

Engaging and pragmatic, When will show you that, regardless of that work you do or the life you live, time can be on your side.

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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:
1,374,530
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 theworld. He is professor at the University of Minnesota’sCarlson School of Management and has been a visiting scholar atHarvard and at M.I.T. The developer of a practical, research-basedmethod for managing timing in business, Albert has worked withsmall and medium-sized companies, as well as large multi-nationals,to help executives better decide and manage issues of timing. Hispatent on the interpretation of movement in time was featured inthe New York Times.

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