Summary of Wait

The Art and Science of Delay

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When it comes to making intelligent decisions, patience is a virtue.


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In this thought-provoking study of decision making, professor Frank Partnoy argues that people make the best personal and professional choices when they take their time. Too often, human beings act quickly when it isn’t necessary. Partnoy helps you understand the mechanics of your thinking so that you can arrive at informed, unhurried decisions. For those who would relish a more leisurely pace, getAbstract recommends this cogent argument that time is on your side.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why hastily made decisions are not in your best interests
  • How to maximize the time you have to make decisions
  • Why waiting produces a more effective apology


The most challenging aspect of decision making is timing. While prompt, intuitive responses may sometimes be appropriate, often circumstances call for careful planning and analysis. Time management experts use every available second before they act. Most people respond too rashly, perhaps due to living...
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Frank Partnoy is the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance at the University of San Diego.

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    Dave Bartek 3 years ago
    Wait for it... wait for it...NOW!
    You can't rush a flower opening, incubation is perhaps the most important piece of creativity, and waiting for the dough to rise ensures a better loaf. How many generals have waited for just the right time to commit the reserves rather than rushing in? How many negotiation styles depend on feeling the other side out? If you need more time, try to take it until your gut feels it is time to act. This sounds like a wonderful reminder that judgement and wisdom sometimes take time. Take the time to do it right? Well, if you can afford to, for sure.

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