The Slow Fix Hardcover – 31 Jan 2013
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“Accessible, lucid and wise, this book should sit in every government and managerial office.” THE INDEPENDENT
“Mr. Honoré has a winning style and an infectious curiosity about the minutiae of other people’s lives.” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
“A journey exploring the phenomenon of our collective disposition towards fast answers, shortcuts and easy solutions… [Carl Honoré] travels far and wide, examines everything from education to the military to fine art to fad diets to organ donation and gives us fantastic examples of why slower really is better.”
For In Praise of Slow:
"Engagingly written and filled with interesting detail… a timely manifesto for a more civilised world." (SUNDAY TIMES Culture, 6 August )
"Presents an eloquent case for a thorough re-examination of priorities and shows how even subtle shifts in the way we live can have a very real effect on our well-being." (THE GUARDIAN, 20 August )
"Engaging." (THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, 14 August )
"Readable and persuasive… it is virtually impossible to read Honore's book without deciding to take things, you know, a little slower from now on." (THE IRISH TIMES, 27 August )
"His advice is too grounded in day-to-day practicality to be guilty of didacticism or whimsy… read this uplifting and enlightening book very soon; but do, please, take your time." (TLS, 30 Sept )
About the Author
Carl Honoré is an award-winning journalist and author, who has written for a large number of leading publications. His first book, In Praise of Slow, received wonderful reviews and was an international bestseller. When he’s not involved in broadcasting and public speaking around the world, Carl lives with his wife and two children in London.
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Top Customer Reviews
So, in brief, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I thought it was well-written and thought-provoking with some original and interesting ideas and, no, I'm not related to the author and I'm not his agent!
I'm a bit of a sucker for books that offer to help me organise my life more efficiently, make the most of my money or work better. Yet so often I find them a disappointment - they fail to live up to the promises on the dust jacket - and I rarely reach the end.
Not so with this one. "Solve problems, work smarter and live better in a fast world", it says on the cover. Right, that's the sort of area in which I could do with some help. A good start, but then comes the real test; will I get past the first 30 pages and still be reading?
It probably helped that I started it on the top deck of a bus on a freezing cold night - little to distract me inside or out. By the time I reached my destination I was hooked. I kept on reading... and kept on reading.
Two things certainly help. I think Carl Honore has a really easy, fluent style: he seems comfortable with words and sets out his arguments cogently and entertainingly. And then there's the range of subjects he uses to support his case: a really eclectic, stimulating mix from RAF jets, failing schools in LA, bus systems in Bogota, and computer gaming (though I'm not sure I wholeheartedly agree with his argument that gamers may be a pool of hitherto untapped uber-problem solvers.Read more ›
This book reads fluently but did not convince me. There is no discussion of the relative merits of quick and slow fixes. Rather it gives a series of examples of quick fixes arranged by theme. Some are well known. Many are not - at least to me. There is rarely any discussion of those responsible for slow fixes found the time to operate or WHY slowness was good. For example one theme is owning up to mistakes and learning from them...but we all like to think we are taking good decisions almost all the time and to blame others when things go wrong: the interesting question is how to overcome this, I think.
One example in the last chapter is Japan bombing Pearl Harbour. A quick fix and a would be silver bullet. A mistake in the event. But was there a slow fix available to Japan to achieve its military goals? I really don't know - but this is the territory I could wish the book to have explored...
His theory is that by rushing into solving a problem then you are not considering the full implications of your decisions and actions, and that by taking time and effort to get it right you only need to do it once. He does accept that quick fixes are sometime necessary; to get a car running again to get home, but proper consideration on a problem will lead to long term benefits.
The book is stuffed full of examples and case studies and he picks examples from other titles that I have read, such as The Wisdom of Crowds, Blink and Good to Great. Al lot of what he says is very true; the churn of stocks and share has no benefit to society or companies, as the long term investments made by Warren Buffet prove. The examples of the way that the RAF looks at pilot error and other mistake make all the flying by them safer, and looks at the check list now used by surgeons the world over to minimise errors.
Overall it is not a bad read, but not as ground breaking as his first book.
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absolutely loved this book and can honestly say have changed my outlook as a result. Fascinating case studies of places and people taking a more holistic approach to challenging... Read morePublished 3 months ago by honestopinion