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Two Speed World

The impact of explosive and gradual change - its effect on you and everything else

By Gerald Ashley and Terry Lloyd

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Two Speed World

The impact of explosive and gradual change - its effect on you and everything else

By Gerald Ashley and Terry Lloyd

Jacket text

We live in a bewildering world of change, which splits naturally into steady progress punctuated by sudden disruptions – the two speed world. Steady progress ensures the survival of our species, but it is the disruptions that move us to a new level. Both types of change, slow and rapid, are important, because they mould and shape our lives, but because of their widely divergent characteristics it is sometimes difficult to recognise a major life-changer until it is too late. Even if we do spot the upheaval, we cannot deal with a change unless we understand it.

Examining leading edge ideas and examples from history, this book gets to the heart of this dilemma. How do we recognise the type and importance of the changes that we face? What pitfalls must we avoid in order to keep to the correct path? What tools are available and when are they applicable? How can we avoid the temptation to redefine a change in order to make it fit our favourite tool? The past masters of change were mavericks who pushed against the prevailing wisdom of the day in order to give us answers to these questions. Theirs’ are fascinating stories.

Key topics include:

– Steady advances and abrupt changes
– Statistically predictable developments and unforeseeable events
– The brain’s two modes of perceiving the world
– The need for people both inside and outside ‘the box’
– Planning for alternatives, or making a plan to secure a single outcome
– The entrepreneur’s approach
– The environment needed to support the innovator

Ranging across a wide sweep of history, management thinking and ideas from science and engineering, the authors distil a simple but effective approach to understanding change; showing how to improve decision-making and risk-taking for more successful and profitable outcomes.

www.twospeedworld.com

About the author

Gerald Ashley is an advisor, writer and speaker on business risk and decision making. He has over thirty years experience in international finance, having worked for Baring Brothers in London and Hong Kong, and the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland. He is now Managing Director of St. Mawgan & Co which he co-founded in 2001, a London-based consultancy specialising in strategy consulting, risk management and decision making in finance, business and risk-taking. He is a Visiting Fellow at Newcastle Business School and a regular contributor in the press.

www.geraldashley.com

About the author

Terry Lloyd has spent over thirty years in the world of development. After training as a mechanical engineer, he joined Rolls Royce Aero Engines in the compressor design office. He then joined the Mechanical Engineering Department of Nottingham University, within a team solving technical problems using early computer systems. During his time there he was awarded his PhD. He then moved into the mainstream computer world where, at Perkin Elmer, he helped to design and develop the first commercial software suite for mini-computers. From there he moved to the financial division of DataLogic where the first video and digital switches for trading room systems were built and then to Telerate a leading supplier of financial market data. He is now a director of St. Mawgan & Co., a London-based consultancy specialising in risk management, strategy consulting, and behavioural finance modelling in finance, business and risk-taking.

Media coverage

From Traders Day Trading:

The Impact of Explosive and Gradual Change – Its Effect on You and Everything Else Gerald Ashley: Two Speed World Gerald Ashley, author of 2 Speed World and Financial Speculation, talks to Kenny of www.tradersdaytrading.com. Gerald is an advisor, a writer and a speaker on business risk and decision making. Gerald has over thirty years… Read more »

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From Microsoft Business Talk Blog:

Living in a Two Speed World – David Cox BCG coined the phrase ?two speed world? to describe the difference in growth prospects between the developed and the developing world.[i] Ashley and Lloyd see a world of incremental change and disruption in their new book ?Two Speed World.? [ii] Deloitte?s Center for Edge Innovation believes… Read more »

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From Investors Chronicle:

Finally, I’d like to put a word in for TWO SPEED WORLD (£6) by Gerald Ashley and Terry Loyd, and not only because it has a very nice cover. This is a very readable guide to change, both explosive and gradual. By and large, we don’t like change, but that’s no excuse. Francis Bacon said,… Read more »

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From The Wold Report:

Two Speed World, by Gerald Ashley and Terry Lloyd My friends and ex-Dow Jones colleagues have written a fantastic book about change, how fast it happens (or doesn’t) and its impact on the world. We live in a bewildering world of change, which splits naturally into steady progress punctuated by sudden disruptions – the two… Read more »

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From Finacle Connect, Infosys:

What?s the next change round the corner? What if you were the first to equip yourself best to deal with it and get a head start over the next person? If that thought intrigues you, Two Speed World will not fail you. Put quite simply, this book slots the nature of change as binary –… Read more »

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From news.sky.com:

Gerald Ashley took part in the newspaper review on the Sky News Channel – Sky News Channel26th August 2011

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From stmarylebow.co.uk:

City Talk: ‘Messes, problems and puzzles: thinking about change’

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From Media Review:

Gerald Ashley will be a guest speaker – St Mary-le-Bow Church1st June 2011

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From stmarylebow.co.uk:

Gerald Ashley will be a guest speaker at St Mary-le-Bow Church1st June 2011

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From jazzfm.com:

Gerald Ashley was a guest speaker at The Executive Network8th March 2011

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From blogs.msdn.com:

Living in a Two Speed World- David Cox, Microsoft Business Talk Blog 5th January 2011

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From investorschronicle.co.uk:

Read well read wisely- Investors Chronicle 22nd December 2010

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From thewoldreport.blogspot.com:

Disruptive Change Caused by Credit Crisis akin to War- The Wold Report 13th December 2010

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From Media Review:

Listen again to Gerald Ashley on Wilson’s World- Jazz FM 24th November 2010

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From jazzfm.com:

Michael Wilson talks about his latest guest, Two Speed World author Gerald Ashley- Jazz FM 24th November 2010

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From jazzfm.com:

Gerald Ashley was a guest on the Wilson’s World show on Jazz FM24th November 2010

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Contents

About the authors
Preface

1. From Here to Uncertainty
2. Dead Reckoning
3. Disruptive Change
4. Cascades and Consequences
5. The Futurist's Toolbag
6. Incubation - From Invention to Innovation
7. Future Imperfect

Final Thoughts

References
Index



Published: 21/11/2010
Edition: 1st
Pages: 240
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9781906659707
ebook - ISBN 9780857190840
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