The Slow Fix

The Slow Fix

Solve Problems, Work Smarter, and Live Better in A World Addicted to Speed

eBook - 2012
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In the tradition of his internationally bestselling In Praise of Slow , and drawing on examples from the most progressive and successful leaders in business, politics, science and society, Carl Honor#65533; brilliantly illuminates why the best way to face our problems might just be to take our time.

If the high-flying fighter pilots of the RAF can own up to their mistakes, why can't the rest of us? Toyota was fantastically good at exposing its failings and correcting them, until it stopped, setting the company up for one of the most spectacular falls from grace in the history of the auto industry. BP couldn't bring itself to apologize for its catastrophic oil spill until the entire Gulf Coast of the United States was bearing the brunt of its technological shortcomings.

Addicted as we might be to the quick fix--pills, crash diets or just diverting attention from things about to go wrong--the quick fix never really works. Trying to solve problems in a hurry, sticking on a plaster when surgery is needed, might deliver temporary relief, but only at the price of storing up worse trouble for later. For those looking for a fix that sticks , The Slow Fix will help us produce solutions in life and work that endure.

Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperOne,, [2012]
ISBN: 9780307401328
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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rswcove
Oct 23, 2015

The Slow Fix could have been two sentences. Allow me:

1. Stuff is complicated and simple TED Talk style fixes are normally mere band-aid solutions that placate the masses and come back to bite us later.
2. Change takes time and the 'lose ten pounds' today mania of modern society is causing or problems to hang around and get worse.

The irony of course is that the author took a whole book to say that. In the case of the Slow Fix, a quick fix would really have improved it.

GVPL290661 Mar 19, 2015

Over 500 pages (my first eBook encounter of this character, read through my Firefox browser). Through trial & error I discovered Paging is done through using PageUp / PageDown keys (to scroll to the right (forward) or to the left (backward). Seemed badly overwritten, verbose and hard to follow [boring] so I mostly scanned through the material to glean whatever seemed relevant to me (part of that perception was the format I was coping with), but I'm really, really glad I didn't try this author's audiobook version(s).

I didn't find out how to display page labelling / progress until I'd finished (that experience was tiresome, I'd of liked to know how much further I needed to go to finish; I wondered if there were some way of bookmarking the book so I could return to it later).

My way to display page numbers was only found after I tried returning to the beginning by HOLDING DOWN the PgUp key (the bottom of the screen then intermittently displayed Chapter #, and page x of y.)

If I could figure out bookmarking, this would be a pretty good way of offering books. The Overdrive site was not helpful (no user guide for actually using such books appears to be offered).

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BloomFree
Mar 05, 2014

This book reads like a tea-sampler of different situations and ways to approach problems ""more slowly"" and with quality effort. I particularly liked the section which spoke of encouraging and rewarding honesty in the work-place (especially when it involves human life).

What I find humorous is that the book I got from the library was missing pages and so did not have his ending comments and probably an index. I believe there was a publisher error. Ha-ha -- apparently the publisher and people involved didn't get the concept of Slow Fixes :) !!

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markd
May 01, 2013

Does life feel too fast sometimes? Carl Honore has written a good book here with some neat examples of large problems that were tackled using a "slow fix". I found myself nodding a lot as I was reading - I recognize the sense of a lot of what he presents as steps in the process (think hard, think long, prepare, collaborate, play, etc.) - but often get caught up in the need for speed - get it fixed...fast. I enjoyed this book and will continue to try to apply slow fixes in my life as I can. I prefer to plod along rather than run.

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BloomFree
Feb 20, 2014

Enrique Penalosa pg 160-161 “A good city is one where rich and poor meet as equals in parks, on buses, on sidewalks, at cultural events. Human beings are natural pedestrians. We are animals that need to walk not just to survive but to be happy. A bird in a cage the size of a cathedral is happier than one in a small cage, but the happiest bird is the one that can fly freely with no cage at all.” “To be able to sit outside at a cafe and not be drowned out by cars, to read a newspaper in silence, to hear birdsong, to see children playing without fear in the street and listen to their laughter, to see couples kissing on the sidewalk, to feel safe enough to cycle to work or to meet a friend in a park, to fill the city with butterflies and flowers—all these things change your life in a way that is better than doubling your income. My vision for Bogota was to create a city where people want to be outside, where they can live life as it is meant to be lived.”

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