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The Deadline Effect By Christopher Cox

The Deadline Effect by Christopher Cox

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A book about how deadlines make us more focused, productive and creative, based on the author's own experiences in high-stakes work environments

The Deadline Effect Summary

The Deadline Effect by Christopher Cox

'I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.' So said author Douglas Adams - but what if there was a way of making deadlines work for you and using them to ensure others provide you with what you want when you want it?

In Christopher Cox's brilliant new book, he looks at the impact deadlines have on us, and how we can use them to deliver the best results for all parties. Social scientists have revealed that most negotiations run right up to the deadline before a deal is finally struck. What they also discovered was that this deadline effect usually results in a worse deal for both parties. Cox shows you how, instead, the deadline effect can be used to bring about success not failure.

The truth is that most of us think of deadlines all wrong. They aren't immutable laws of nature; they are a game we can play - and win. This book will show you the strategies different workplaces have come up with to do just that. They are the businesses and individuals who are rehabilitating the deadline effect, taking the urgency it provides and jettisoning all the down-to-the-wire nonsense. Based on his own experience as a magazine commissioning editor, where coaxing writers to deliver on time is an art form, he also embeds himself in other businesses, such as a ski patrol ahead of the first day of the winter season, to see how they meet deadlines that cannot be missed.

Above all, this book is an argument to embrace the power of deadlines. When time is limited, people are less wasteful, more focused, productive and creative. It's a liberating realisation: excellence and timeliness are not at odds, and the deadline effect can be highly effective.

The Deadline Effect Reviews

'Fascinating... Cox's profiles are full of insight and the observational flare of excellent magazine writing... This entertaining guide to the art of getting things done gets it done with style.'
* Publishers Weekly *
'The Deadline Effect is filled with case studies that are smart, fun to read, and filled with drama. And most important, there are real lessons here: about how to work more creatively and efficiently, and how the ticking clock of a deadline often pushes us to do our best work.'
-- Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power Of Habit and Smarter Faster Better
'Cox is a zealous proselytiser of the deadline effect - the transformative work that happens at the eleventh hour... It's only by mentally manipulating ourselves to act early and often that we can ever do spectacular things... Though Cox may have learned his tricks as a deadline enforcer, he knows better than to preach without practice.' -- Rachel Syme * New Yorker *
'Christopher Cox is highly lucid and a quick learner, who also happens to be skilled at explaining big ideas through stories. The examples are wildly various and creative, and each features high stakes: will the Easter lilies be ready to ship on time? Will the new restaurant open on schedule? Will the box store be prepared for the crush of Black Friday? A wry and literate how-to, a counterphobic look at the deadlines we fear yet couldn't live without.' -- Ted Conover, Professor and Director, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of NYU
'In the eternal battle between human beings and the clock, Christopher Cox's The Deadline Effect offers a compulsively readable truce. In these seven vivid profiles of organisations under extreme stress, The Deadline Effect addresses a common conundrum with unusual insight. They say if you want something done, give it to the busiest person in the office but if you want to know how it gets done, give it to Christopher Cox.'
-- Sloane Crosley, author of Look Alive Out There
'In The Deadline Effect, writer and magazine editor Christopher Cox has set out to better understand the way we respond to deadlines, how they can at once be stressful and clarifying experiences, and if there's a way to trick ourselves into the latter without any of the former.' * LitHub, 'Nonfiction Books You Should Read This Summer' *

About Christopher Cox

Christopher Cox is a former editor of Harper's, executive editor of GQ, and senior editor of the Paris Review. Work that he has edited has won the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN Literary Award for Journalism and multiple National Magazine Awards. His own writing has appeared in GQ, Harper's, the Paris Review, Vogue and Slate. Cox is a graduate of Harvard, with a master's in history from Cambridge. A native of Atlanta, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

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The Deadline Effect by Christopher Cox
Simon & Schuster Ltd
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