Decisive

Author: Chip Heath
Publisher: Random House Canada
ISBN: 0307361144
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The four principles that can help us to overcome our brains' natural biases to make better, more informed decisions--in our lives, careers, families and organizations. In Decisive, Chip Heath and Dan Heath, the bestselling authors of Made to Stick and Switch, tackle the thorny problem of how to overcome our natural biases and irrational thinking to make better decisions, about our work, lives, companies and careers. When it comes to decision making, our brains are flawed instruments. But given that we are biologically hard-wired to act foolishly and behave irrationally at times, how can we do better? A number of recent bestsellers have identified how irrational our decision making can be. But being aware of a bias doesn't correct it, just as knowing that you are nearsighted doesn't help you to see better. In Decisive, the Heath brothers, drawing on extensive studies, stories and research, offer specific, practical tools that can help us to think more clearly about our options, and get out of our heads, to improve our decision making, at work and at home.

Decisive

Author: Chip Heath
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446493822
Format: PDF, ePub
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Just making a decision can be hard enough, but how do you begin to judge whether it's the right one? Chip and Dan Heath, authors of #1 New York Times best-seller Switch, show you how to overcome your brain's natural shortcomings. In Decisive, Chip and Dan Heath draw on decades of psychological research to explain why we so often get it very badly wrong - why our supposedly rational brains are frequently tripped up by powerful biases and wishful thinking. At the same time they demonstrate how relatively easy it is to avoid the pitfalls and find the best answers, offering four simple principles that we can all learn and follow. In the process, they show why it is that experts frequently make mistakes. They demonstrate the perils of getting trapped in a narrow decision frame. And they explore people's tendency to be over-confident about how their choices will unfold. Drawing on case studies as diverse as the downfall of Kodak and the inspiring account of a cancer survivor, they offer both a fascinating tour through the workings of our minds and an invaluable guide to making smarter decisions. Winner in the Practical Manager category of the CMI Management Book of the Year awards 2014.

Decisive

Author: Chip Heath
Publisher: Currency
ISBN: 0307956415
Format: PDF, ePub
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Chip and Dan Heath, the bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick, tackle one of the most critical topics in our work and personal lives: how to make better decisions. Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We’re overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn’t. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn’t fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better? In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively readable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions. Along the way, we learn the answers to critical questions like these: How can we stop the cycle of agonizing over our decisions? How can we make group decisions without destructive politics? And how can we ensure that we don’t overlook precious opportunities to change our course? Decisive is the Heath brothers’ most powerful—and important—book yet, offering fresh strategies and practical tools enabling us to make better choices. Because the right decision, at the right moment, can make all the difference. From the Hardcover edition.

How to Be More Decisive

Author: Calypso Guo
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781976820748
Format: PDF, ePub
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We all want to make better decisions. The right decisions. But decision-making is tricky. The best of us are occasionally plagued by doubt. We backtrack and remake decisions we already made. Unmade decisions clog up our minds and corrode our inner peace. We're trapped in overanalysis paralysis.The truth is, we have a finite amount of time in this world. And stewing unnecessarily over a decision is a poor way to spend it. This book will shorten your decision-making time by illuminating the 4 false beliefs of the indecisive mind.It seems like some people were born boldly decisive while others were cursed with a nagging sense of uncertainty. But this is an illusion. Decisiveness is not a gift but a skill - a skill anyone can practice and master. This skill is not taught in school, yet it is the cornerstone of success and personal fulfillment.This book will hone your decision-making skills by providing not only theory, but 20 applicable exercises pertaining to the 5 decisive arts:The Art of PresenceThe Art of IntuitionThe Art of MomentumThe Art of ImmediacyThe Art of PerspectiveNever again will you waste your valuable time hesitating, worrying and flip-flopping between options and miss the chance to take action. Your decisiveness will amplify itself: heightening your confidence, inspiring respect from others, and empowering you to tackle the future fearlessly.

Decision Making For Dummies

Author: Dawna Jones
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118847539
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Discover the best approaches for making business decisions Today's business leaders have to face the facts—you can't separate leadership from decision making. The importance of making decisions, no matter how big or small, cannot be overstated. Decision Making For Dummies is a candid resource that helps leaders understand the impact of their choices, not only on business, but also on their credibility and reputation. Designed for managers, business owners, and anyone else who makes tough decisions on a daily basis, this guide helps you figure out if the decisions you're making are the right ones. In addition to helping you explore how to evaluate your choices, Decision Making For Dummies covers ways to receive support for decision making, delves into various decision-making styles, reviews the importance of sifting through data and information, and includes information on ways to engage others and make decisions collectively. Being in charge can be challenging, but with this guide, you don't have to go it alone. Discusses the effects of decision making and outlines the considerations that must be made to gain trust and confidence Demonstrates ways to communicate particularly sensitive decisions, and offers approaches for making bold decisions that challenge the status quo Delves into the risks and benefits of certain decisions, and shows readers the best ways to evaluate choices Outlines smart strategies for engaging others and drawing them into the decision-making process Crucial decisions need to be made every day in the business world, so there's no time to waste. Make Decision Making For Dummies your primary resource for learning to choose your actions wisely and confidently.

Faster Better Decision Making

Author: Instafo
Publisher: Instafo
ISBN:
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The Art Of Personal Decision-Making "Oh dear decisions, why must you always be so difficult to make in my life?" Ever hear these voices in your head: "What should I wear today?", "What should I cook for dinner?", "What should I work on for today?", etc. Well, welcome to earth and the daily grind of life...personal life that is. That's your decision-making at work. Just about everyday, you're going have to make choices that suit your needs and affect your life. It's not always pleasant, and certainly not always easy. As a result, you get stuck not knowing what to do or how to proceed and only exacerbating the decision-making process that much further. Fret not, we all make decisions we're not proud of, yet that's the beauty of making them in the first place of helping us eliminate the wrong ones, to make the right ones. What if you could learn the science behind decision-making? What if you could understand the reasons that drive your every decision? What if you could systemize the whole process to easily help you make faster, better decisions? That's what "Faster, Better Decision-Making" will help you with: * Uncover the Core of Choices to Weight the Pros and Cons for the Best Decision. * Beat the Dreaded Decider's Block by Following the Rules of Decision-Making. * Support Better Decisions with a Tripod of Options, Actions, and Consequences. * Formulate an Approach for Autopilot Decisions through Building Predictability. * Eliminate Regrets from Bad Decisions with a Battle Plan to Come Out Victorious. ...and you can bet there's a whole lot more to be covered. So now it's decision time. Do you want to improve your decision-making skills or not? This should be an easy one, as you should already know the answer to that for still be reading this. Take a step back from the old way of how you used to make decisions, and upgrade now to make faster, better decisions today, everyday.

Smart Choices

Author: John S. Hammond
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
ISBN: 1633691055
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Where should I live? Is it time to get a new job? Which job candidate should I hire? What business strategy should I pursue? We spend the majority of our lives making decisions, both big and small. Yet, even though our success is largely determined by the choices that we make, very few of us are equipped with useful decision-making skills. Because of this, we often approach our choices tentatively, or even fearfully, and avoid giving them the time and thought required to put our best foot forward. In Smart Choices, John Hammond, Ralph Keeney, and Howard Raiffa—experts with over 100 years of experience resolving complex decision problems—offer a proven, straightforward, and flexible roadmap for making better and more impactful decisions, and offer the tools to achieve your goals in every aspect of your life. Their step-by-step, divide-and conquer approach will teach you how to: • Evaluate your plans • Break your potential decision into its key elements • Identify the key drivers that are most relevant to your goals • Apply systematic thinking • Use the right information to make the smartest choice Smart Choices doesn’t tell you what to decide; it tells you how. As you routinely use the process, you’ll become more confident in your ability to make decisions at work and at home. And, more importantly, by applying its time-tested methods, you’ll make better decisions going forward. Be proactive. Don’t wait until a decision is forced on you—or made for you. Seek out decisions that advance your long-term goals, values, and beliefs. Take charge of your life by making Smart Choices a lifetime habit.

10 10 10

Author: Suzy Welch
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1847377211
Format: PDF
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Today, the world offers us more options than ever before, but it also forces us to juggle more priorities, to make more choices, and to make them faster. The result: a crisis of doing too much, or not enough, and making our decisions based on impulse, stress or guilt. In 10-10-10Suzy Welch offers an exciting, effective strategy that will help you make the right decision in any situation, at work or at home; with colleagues, family or friends. The rule is deceptively simple: when faced with a decision, consider what the consequences and outcomes of your various options would be in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years. But the results are extraordinary. Using the framework of 10-10-10will allow you to think through your decisions and to match them with the expectations and values you hold dearest. Most importantly, it allows you to chart a path in the direction you want, and to head confidently towards it with focus, balance, and joy.

Decision Quality

Author: Carl Spetzler
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119144671
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"Aimed at executive and management-level decision makers in every industry, Decision Quality: Value Creation from Better Business Decisions provides a proven and real-world-tested framework for improving business decision quality"--

The Power of Moments

Author: Chip Heath
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501147765
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The New York Times bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work. While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember twenty years later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children? This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, as well as the last moment, and forget the rest. Why “we feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not.” And why our most cherished memories are clustered into a brief period during our youth. Readers discover how brief experiences can change lives, such as the experiment in which two strangers meet in a room, and forty-five minutes later, they leave as best friends. (What happens in that time?) Or the tale of the world’s youngest female billionaire, who credits her resilience to something her father asked the family at the dinner table. (What was that simple question?) Many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck—but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them? The Power of Moments shows us how to be the author of richer experiences.