Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much

Busy: How to Thrive in a World of Too Much

by Tony Crabbe


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Buster, a half-German Shepherd mutt, was adopted by Roy Hattersley in December 1995. He began to dictate his diaries soon after his arrival.

Buster became England's most famous dog in 1996 when he defended himself against a goose in St. James's Park — a goose which, unfortunately, belonged to the Queen. Pursued by the press ever since, he has sought solace in writing. Buster's Diaries is the comically heart-warming true story of Buster's triumph over adversity, as he describes his rescue from a paw-to-mouth existence on scraps to his new life in the lap of luxury — and at the same time reveals the secrets of the strange relationship between dog and the Man on the other end of the lead.

Never before have readers been offered such insights into the aromatic canine world. The irresistible fragrance of chicken bones picked off the sidewalk. The special rituals required to receive delicious treats (pig ears, dog biscuits). The sawdust balls Buster must eat to stay healthy while the Man gobbles down chocolate cookies. The painful digestive consequences of eating cream filled cookies while still wrapped.

The diaries also reveal the strain of living with the Man — the constant power struggle of who's boss, the "training" ceremonies, the Man's strange excrement collection syndrome and reliance on new dog humiliation technology.

Buster's Diaries will make you laugh and it will make you cry but it has a happy ending.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455532988
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,147,891
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Tony Crabbe is an organizational psychologist who works with multinational companies around the world, including PWC, Microsoft, News International, Disney, and the World Bank. He is also a research fellow in the field of organizational psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He lives with his family in Spain, but spends a considerable amount of time consulting in the UK and the US.

Table of Contents

Preface: Busting Busy xiii

Getting Started: Too Busy to Read This Book? xxvii

Section 1 Mastery

Chapter 1 Stop Managing Your Time! (…and Go Surfing) 3

Chapter 2 Make Choices (Fighting Fish and Terminal Consumption) 22

Chapter 3 Manage Attention (How to Use Our Blobby Tissue Better) 42

Chapter 4 Negotiate for Your Life (To Keep Those Missiles at Bay) 64

Section 2 Differentiation

Chapter 5 Stop Being So Productive! (Become More Strategic) 81

Chapter 6 Impact Through Innovation (Don't Be the Invisible Man) 103

Chapter 7 Busy Is a Terrible Brand (Develop a Better Brand) 116

Chapter 8 Walk Your Own Path (Fixing Radios by Thinking) 129

Section 3 Engagement

Chapter 9 Stop Striving for "More"! (Put Your Values First) 159

Chapter 10 Reconnect (Why We're Better Off with Fewer Friends) 179

Chapter 11 From Buzz to Joy (An Ode to Depth) 202

Chapter 12 Beyond Busy (Making Good Intentions Stick) 227

What I Have Learned 244

Other Books to Read 251

Notes 255

Index 269

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