As I mentioned in my previous post of my struggles in self-leading during this season -- I believe I have experienced a breakthrough. Thursday is my regular day off -- yet during this active season it can be extra hard to guard this time and make it non-work related. However, with the exception of few phone calls and a few e-mails that needed to get out -- I took some time to do some extended reading. And the book I chose to read could not have been better. It was The Age of Speed by Vince Poscente (on my Fall reading list on the left column of this blog).
The essence of the book deals with our current reality where speed is not an option in how we do business and life. And though this train of thought is nothing new it takes to time address some of the negative stereotypes that are often connected with speed and serve as excuses in why we do not embrace it. In addition Poscente does a great a job in addressing how we need to choose when to exercise speed in specific settings so that we can take time to savor the things that are most important to us. Another great insight was how speed can mean different things depending on the setting and context. The subject matter was exactly what I needed to get my mind moving -- in fact it was racing with thoughts and ideas.
The book was also written with speed in mind. The book has 30 plus chapters ranging anywhere from 3 to 8 pages in length -- I finished the book in a few hours.
Here is a quote that I hope will prod you to read it:
"Simplicity is needed to achieve and maintain speed. So the act of pursuing speed in life and business results in an environment of simplicity. This is counterintuitive, because we tend to think of slow as simple and fast as chaotic; but fast can be the surest way to simplicity." p186