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Mar 15 2011

Sapient Government Services Executive Daniel Forrester Authors Book on Leadership and Informed Decision Making


Consider based on effective habits of influential leaders of our time

ARLINGTON, VA – March 16, 2011 — Daniel Forrester, a director at Sapient Government Services, a division of Sapient (NASDAQ: SAPE), has written a book about leadership and decision-making, which touts the power of reflective thinking in today’s 24/7, action-oriented, data-overload world. The book is the result of in-depth research and more than a hundred interviews with well-known business, military, social, academic, and cultural leaders, including Admiral Thad Allen, General David Petraeus, violist Joshua Bell, General James Mattis, global investor Kyle Bass, and attorney Brooksley Born.

Entitled Consider: Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking In Your Organization, the book shares stories and examples from all areas of society that demonstrate that the best decisions, insights, ideas, and outcomes result when we take sufficient time to think and reflect. Forrester takes readers inside historic moments of reflective thinking, including the revamping of the Counter Insurgency Manual driven by Petraeus and Mattis that preceded the successful “surge” in Iraq in 2006. He discusses crises, such as the Deepwater Horizon/BP disaster, that could have been alleviated or avoided altogether if decision makers took time to think before acting. Also, Forrester reveals new insights on world-renown violinist Joshua Bell, including his famous experiment playing the violin while incognito during rush hour in Washington, DC.

“While technology allows us to act and react more quickly than ever before, we are taking increasingly less time to consider our decisions before we make them,” said Forrester. ”This is a known challenge we all face daily which is having an increasing impact on our leaders and society. Taking time and giving ourselves the mental space for reflection can mean the difference between success or failure.”

All proceeds from the initial book launch event went directly to benefit No Greater Sacrifice, a non-profit dedicated to helping educate the children of those in the armed services who have permanently wounded or fallen in the line of duty ( The book is published by Palgrave-Macmillan and is available at Barnes & Noble, Borders,, and other leading book retailers.

“Speed and action have replaced well thought out strategic thinking,” said General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (retired). “Daniel provides a valuable guide on how to strategically think and analyze before we act. This first rate book is a must-read for leaders in every facet of our society.”

Daniel P. Forrester is an author, thought leader, and management consultant with more than 15 years of experience leading complex strategy and technology evolution engagements for senior executives from Fortune 100 and 500 companies, not for profits, and federal government organizations. He is currently a director at Sapient Government Services, a division of Sapient Corporation, in Arlington, VA. Current and past clients include: Verizon, Sallie-Mae, Sprint, Dow Chemical, FMC Corporation, Xerox, AARP Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, and the United States Marine Corps.

Interested readers can visit or watch Mr. Forrester discuss his book in this video:

“Daniel Forrester has sliced through the paradox of our time: while the world seems to want you to go ever faster and keep up with ever more, it actually rewards you for being insightful and for doing work with meaning. I know it’s hard to slow down to read this, but you should.” -Seth Godin, author of Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

About Sapient Government Services
Sapient Government ServicesSM, a division of Sapient®, is a leading provider of consult¬ing, technology, and marketing services to a wide array of U.S. governmental agencies. Focused on driving long-term change and transforming the citizen experience, we use technology to help agencies become more accessible and transparent. With a track record of delivering mission-critical solutions and the ability to leverage commercial best practices, we serve as trusted advisors to government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Library of Congress, National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, and United States Department of Homeland Security. For more information, visit

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