Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

by Tim Harford
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Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford

In this groundbreaking book, Tim Harford, the Undercover Economist, shows us a new and inspiring approach to solving the most pressing problems in our lives. When faced with complex situations, we have all become accustomed to looking to our leaders to set out a plan of action and blaze a path to success. Harford argues that today's challenges simply cannot be tackled with ready-made solutions and expert opinion; the world has become far too unpredictable and profoundly complex. Instead, we must adapt.

Deftly weaving together psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, physics, and economics, along with the compelling story of hard-won lessons learned in the field, Harford makes a passionate case for the importance of adaptive trial and error in tackling issues such as climate change, poverty, and financial crises--as well as in fostering innovation and creativity in our business and personal lives.

Taking us from corporate boardrooms to the deserts of Iraq, Adapt clearly explains the necessary ingredients for turning failure into success. It is a breakthrough handbook for surviving--and prospering-- in our complex and ever-shifting world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374100964
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/10/2011
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tim Harford is the Undercover Economist and Dear Economist columnist for the Financial Times. His writing has also appeared in Esquire, Forbes, New York magazine, Wired, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. His previous books include The Undercover Economist and The Logic of Life. Harford presents the popular BBC radio show More or Less and is a visiting fellow at London's Cass Business School. He is the winner of the 2006 Bastiat Prize for economic journalism and the 2010 Royal Statistical Society Award for excellence in journalism.

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Adapt 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Rolf Dobelli More than 1 year ago
No single, simple solution can solve the complex problems of today’s almost inconceivably complicated, interconnected world. Economist Tim Harford understands that evolution – gradual adaptive change – breeds far more success than revolution. In this thought-provoking book, Harford draws examples from multiple disciplines, illuminates the gap between how things work and how people think they work, and maintains reader interest with his entertaining style. getAbstract recommends Harford’s tactics for dealing with complexity to anyone who wants to think more clearly, assess policies or plan for the future.
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The book, in some way, complements "Learned optimism." Where Learned Optimism approached experimenting from the point of view of optimism n had gone further n advised the reader to choose optimism (experiment) if the cost of the action (the experiment) is small. While advocating pessimism if the cost of action is "too high". This of-course is a poor book review of both books. Overall I found the book easy n satisfying to read. --Avi Farah
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writer effectively captured the importance of learning and adaptating based on success and failure. Drawing parellels between the evolution and extinctions of businesses was particularly interesting yet entertaining.
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