Chip and Dan Heath, the best-selling 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 listenable 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 such as 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.
©2013 Chip Heath and Dan Heath (P)2013 Random House Audio
Definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to better their decision making process. (But this 20 word minimum word count for reviews is ridiculous. Need to fix this Audible or this is my last review!)
I listen to this book every time I have to make a big decision. Great tip and helpful strategies to help you feel you covered your grounds for the best outcome. I would recommend it to anyone.
You are what you feed your mind...so, feed it the good stuff!!!
Chip and Dan are extremely skilled at breaking a process, in this case, making the right decisions, down into manageable, digestible chunks that are easy to comprehend, understand and implement. Well worth your time and effort!
Like the direct explanation of faulty decision making & how to correct it
Material was outlined well with solid support scenarios
This was a great book. I highly recommend it. It offers sound advice that I have already used with success in my profession.
Great book. This is the second book I have listened to of these authors, and I really enjoyed both. They do a great job at giving a review of the latest research in social psychology (I have read/listened to several of the books they cite), while putting the research in a more practical package than what I have found elsewhere. The case stories make their overall framework easily understandable and make listening experience very enjoyable.
Excellent book to listen to and to take notes on. Ideal for improving business decisions and mid management and above. Also good for making personal decisions and home-based decisions.
I read many business books. There are not too many business books that I can easily put concepts into practice. This is one. From "guard rails", to spotting "either-or" traps, I've taken away useful concepts from this book.
I've listened to this a couple times, because I've gained something new with each listen.
I like that it provides useful tactics that work. Though many are common sense, we don't often make decisions in a structured fashion. The framework provided helps me in guiding others through their decision problems as well.
I didn't read the print version, but I had zero complaints about the Audio version. It was very well presented and had to turn off. Although I do recommend going to the Authors website afterwards and printing the book's one page Decision framework. I found that very helpful.
This really is a perfect book for anyone, who makes daily decisions or needs to make a tough life changing choice. It's not a wishy-washy cheerleading book, It's a real framework for making decisions, and I love it!
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