Welcome! to the Post2Post Virtual Blog tour featuring Melissa Laughon’s interview with Kevin Maney, co-author of The Two-Second Advantage: How We Succeed by Anticipating the Future—Just Enough.
A few months ago, I agreed to interview Kevin Maney as part of Idea Sandbox’s Post 2Post Virtual Book Tour (which we think is great).
A few days after committing to the project, The Two-Second Advantage arrived at the office and made its way to my desk (which is to say that this book landed in the Bermuda Triangle). For days it sat on my desk – not too close to interfere with the deadlines at hand, but not too far as to get out of my stream of consciousness. And, on my desk, this interesting book stayed untouched for days – ok weeks.
I had not even opened the book and knew very little about it, but each time I glanced at this book, it told stories to me every day … stories of all of the “one more things” I’ve elected to read, to write, to do, to cram into an already busy schedule and all of the book ideas and blogs and articles and interviews and research papers of my very own that have gone unwritten. After a few weeks of being tortured by the book (and the impending interview deadline), I was faced with a decision. I could write to Idea Sandbox and share with them the paranormal nature of my desk and how the book had disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Or, I could follow through with my commitment and pick up the book, open the book, read the book and interview Kevin.
So, I did what I normally do in these situations, I asked my 8ball – should I follow through and interview Kevin? And, it said, “better not tell you now.” Great. Maybe YouTube could help me craft my excuses involving extraterrestrials. Yes, for the record, YouTube can help with that. And, it can also tell you a little about this book - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3XSR6turQs.
And, after watching the trailer, I thought how silly of me to have put this off for so long! P2P always features great books and this was one that I knew I’d be fascinated by!
So, on that note, me, my book and I, walked down the street to a little Thai restaurant and got to know each other. After just a few chapters, I was excited to talk with Kevin and started counting down the days until our interview.
And, just in case you’re a little like me and have a short attention span and like to skip around a bit, we’ve edited the interview down into shorter segments that you can take a self-guided tour of . The audio links are included below.
I highly recommend this book. The concepts of how human brainpower and a new evolution of IT will work together in a predictive manner to help us succeed in the future is as useful as it is fascinating. The stories that are shared as examples are captivating and inspiring. And, the bottom line is that this is a change in mindset and we need to understand it and embrace it or we’ll be left in the dust … you know … that “change or die” stuff people have been talking about.
- Kevin Maney on how having a two-second advantage can make the world a better place
- Kevin Maney on how the need for a two-second advantage will impact recruiting in the future
- Kevin Maney on the relevancy of strategic planning and scenario planning in the future
- Kevin Maney on our education system and the two-second advantage
- Kevin Maney on more data vs. better answers
- Kevin Maney on the ones to watch re: the two-second advantage
- Kevin Maney on how having a two-second advantage is about more than technology, it requires a cultural change
Thanks Idea Sandbox and Kevin Maney! To follow the tour – check out the previous stop http://collaborativeinnovation.org/2011/10/can-predictive-technology-solve-crowdsourcing/ and the next stop http://innovationtools.com/.
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Melissa is a ><(("> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a management consulting firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit www.catchyourlimit.com.