Three Steps Ahead
by David Silverstein
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 01 May 2015 | Archive Date 17 Jun 2015
Part of the Connect the Dots Series
When we don't think three steps ahead, we re forfeiting the opportunity to manage the future.
How can you anticipate something unintended or unprecedented? How can you expect the thing that no one ever expected to happen? How can you navigate the law of unintended consequences? The answer is simple: You have to think three steps ahead.
In Three Steps Ahead, you'll explore:
- Why unintended consequences happen
- Ways of estimating the likelihood of what can go awry
- Tools and techniques for anticipating and managing unintended consequences
Beautifully written and makes the adventure of life and business more fun with simple, but meaningful advice. --Malcolm Bricklin, CEO, Visionary Vehicles
Average rating from 6 members
A really easy-going readable book, with lots of realistic and true life examples to relate to. It won't change your life - it gives help for you to change your life.
Risk homeostasis, FMEA, Scenario Planning, What-If analysis, the Stoic Philosophy, being imaginative, feeding your curiosity and being on top of the game by thinking three steps ahead. This is a quick overview that introduces the concept of thinking ahead of unintended consequences to allow you to be prepared and successful in business and in life. The book delves more into the the concept of the practice than the actual practices which I guess might be discussed more deeply in his other books. Good stuff nonetheless!
Strategic thinking and the art of planning ahead is the focus of this book. The author sets out to help the reader understand and master the objectives at hand, attempting to seize the law of unintended consequences and take advantage of all that it may offer. That’s the theory; the execution is a little different. This is a book that may be hard to overly warm to, yet it is not something to equally dislike. It sits between two stools and might benefit from the literary focus knob being tightened a little. Or maybe the book’s publicity material created the wrong impression or set up an unreasonable expectation. The further you dug into the book the better it became – or is it that your expectations are overtaken by what you has received and the actuality was the better of the two! Written in a fairly open, informal style the book is capable of providing a lot of information and knowledge in a relative general sense. It touches on a lot more than just positive, proactive plan-ahead thinking and strategy, running all around the business world with its insights, examples and take-out points. The reader will be engaged through humour, interesting insight and sheer diversity: a lot of good basic principles, concepts and themes may be learned through osmosis. It is a great lightweight read, yet the actual content should not be dismissed as being lightweight or just a “humour book”. Far from it. The book’s price is unbelievably low – the cost of a couple of magazines from a newsstand – to make it one of those potentially advisable “on spec” purchases. It is a short but sweet book in other words. A complex “fast food” takeaway of knowledge and opinion that surprisingly can fill quite a gap. Three Steps Ahead, written by David Silverstein and published by Breakthrough Performance Press. ISBN 9781938353048. YYYY