Book review: Revolution

Emma de Vita reviews the new book by Kevin Duncan

Off the shelf
Off the shelf

Revolution, by Kevin DuncanAre you a technoholic? The kind of person who can't go to the loo without taking their iPhone, just in case someone texts? If so, it might be time to take control of your devices before they take control of you. "If you can do more, and faster, with technology, then that should not become a reason to do even more," writes Kevin Duncan in his new book, Revolution. "It should create a moment in which other activities can be pursued." Such as managing your colleagues, for example.

So how to take control? You need to focus on five areas: thinking, talking, communicating, doing and being (pretty much everything, then). Simply: do more thinking, less talking, pick the right medium for the message, and be more discerning in doing what actually matters. And finally: "Be better. We should define our own characters, not allow them to be defined by our possessions or technology."

Philosophising aside, try practical things to create more thinking time, such as switching off all your devices, checking email or texts only three times a day, and making thinking time a part of your routine. When it comes to communicating: "Meet if you can. Call if you can't meet. Write if you can't call." How positively quaint.

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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