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What's Changing? - Slowness

Slowness

 

Please see below selected recent slowness-related change.

 

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October 2020

  • Leading effectively - especially during a crisis - takes patience. If you can’t retain your composure in the face of frustration or adversity, you won’t be able to keep others calm. When your direct reports show signs of strain, you need to support them, not get irritated. Solutions to new challenges usually take time to put into practice. To learn more about how patience affects a leader’s influence on direct reports during challenging times, HBR reported how a Georgia Tech professor surveyed 578 full-time U.S. working professionals from a wide range of industries during the COVID-19 lockdown. He asked about their immediate supervisor’s leadership behaviours and level of patience and had them self-report their own levels of creativity, productivity, and collaboration. Their responses revealed that patience had a powerful effect: When leaders demonstrated it (meaning their employees’ ratings put them in the highest quartile), their reports’ self-reported creativity and collaboration increased by an average of 16% and their productivity by 13%.
  • The president of Kenyon College argued that the circumstances of the year 2020 naturally pushed us toward slower thinking. Quarantine and physical distancing have disrupted our normal ways of life. Anxiety induced by the pandemic, economic dislocation, and the social upheaval, as well as the trauma of loss of friends and family, have taken a physical toll on our brains and bodies. We have a great deal of unlearning to do: unlearning patterns of our own daily activity, unlearning social inscribed systemic injustice, unlearning the impact of trauma. The difficulty of unlearning is not to be understated, but discomfort and unease could be embraced as a sign of the regenerative nature of slow-thinking, and not interpreted as a personal failing

 

August 2020

  • Jason Farman explored slowness in Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World - a part-philosophical, part-poetic effort to reclaim waiting “not as a burden, but as an important feature of human connection, intimacy, and learning.”  Maria Popova notes that Farman chronicled some of the landmark technologies that have shaped our relationship with waiting - from aboriginal message sticks to the postage stamp to the buffering icon to Japan’s mobile messaging system deployed in the wake of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami - to explore how we can allay the "durational restlessness" of our lives.

 

December 2019

 

September 2019

  • Slowing down can be (mis)construed as being lazy. Laziness seems to bar us from living successfully or from thinking in any way well of ourselves. But, to consider the matter from another perspective, it might be that at points the real threat to our happiness and self-development lies not in our failure to be busy, but in the very opposite scenario: in our inability to be ‘lazy’ enough. Outwardly idling does not have to mean that we are neglecting to be fruitful. It may look to the world as if we are accomplishing nothing at all but, below the surface, a lot may be going on that’s both important and in its own way very arduous. When we’re busy with routines and administration, we’re focused on those elements that sit at the front of our minds: we’re executing plans rather than reflecting on their value and ultimate purpose.
  • We live in a world of scarce understanding and abundant information. We complain that we never have any free time yet we seek distraction. If work can’t distract us, we distract ourselves. We crave perpetual stimulation and motion. We’re so busy that our free time comes in short bursts, just long enough for us to read the gist and assume we understand. If we are to synthesise learning and understanding we need time to think and to slow down. The modern storm of bits and stimulation, relents only when we sleep. Lost in all of this is the art of stillness.
  • Carl Honore's In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed explores why we’re always in such a rush, what if anything is the cure for time-sickness, and whether it’s desirable to slow down.

 

July 2019

 

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November 2018

  • Allowing ideas to form by slow thinking is the best way to foster the inventiveness that helps make art so impactful, argued Quartz.

 

September 2018

  • The BBC is slowing down radio programming. Radio 3 will soon be broadcasting the sound of herded cows, a forest hike, and other meditative audio works.

 

August 2018

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