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CONSIDER

Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization

ABOUT THE BOOK

“STOP, THINK, AND DON’T DO SOMETHING STUPID!” This is the warning Dr. Robert Bea drills into his Civil and Environmental Engineering students at the University of California in Berkeley. Bea wants to dramatize what he terms the inevitable “oh shit” moments that present themselves-before an actual engineering calamity like the Deepwater Horizon/BP disaster happens.

There’s an intangible and invisible marketplace within our lives today where the products traded are four fold: attention, distraction, data and meaning. The stories and examples within Consider demonstrate that the best decisions, insights, ideas and outcomes result when we take sufficient time to think and reflect. While technology allows us to act and react more quickly than ever before, we are taking increasingly less time to consider our decisions before we make them.

Reflection supplies an arsenal of ideas and solutions to the right problems. Including interviews with leaders such as General David Petraeus, attorney Brooksley Born and global investor Kyle Bass, Forrester shows us that taking time and giving ourselves the mental space for reflection can mean the difference between total success and total failure.

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A Potent Remedy for "Data Mania"
By Russell Piersonon March 4, 2012

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“With lucid, relevant examples snatched from the headlines, Forrester makes the compelling case that as the speed and volume of data has increased in the Internet Age, our bias toward action has led to colossal oversights, from the global economic crisis to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf. He further offers practical ways to integrate small bits of time for reflection....” Read More

Thinking DOES have value!
By GCMJon February 28, 2011

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“As one who consults frequently in the corporate world, I found this book important for a
few reasons. Today's corporate environment has become dominated by perception. The idea that your superior's and peer's perception of you is what determines your status and future earnings
potential within the organization....” Read More

In Pursuit of Excellence
By Matton February 4, 2011

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“In 'Consider', Daniel does an amazing job of establishing the importance of think-time. Many of us strive to be excellent in both our professional and personal lives. As Daniel points out, excellence is extremely difficult if we allow ourselves to be governed by busyness.....” Read More

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