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Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work | [Chip Heath, Dan Heath]

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA, United States 05-07-13
    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Predictably Interesting and Useful"
    If you could sum up Decisive in three words, what would they be?

    Usable, memorable, information.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Decisive?

    To do or not to do isn't a decision. Widen the question, think of 13 things to do in addition to, or instead of not doing.


    Any additional comments?

    This is Chip Heath and Dan Heath's third book. It's as valuable as the first. Can't wait for the fourth!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 04-22-13
    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2015

    I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.

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    "Interesting and Informative"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Decisive to be better than the print version?

    Yes, if only because I can imagine the information provided in Decisive may have been a little dry for text.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Which character – as performed by Kaleo Griffith – was your favorite?

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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    this is an odd question for a non fiction informative book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good book on the various methods people go through when making important decisions, and minor tweaks that can be made to that process to help yourself make more informed decisions.

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    M. Jenkins 04-05-13
    M. Jenkins 04-05-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Strategies to make and Guide Decisions!"

    This book is full of strategies and tools to help you make, and to lead others to make better decisions. The WRAP process is simple and can be applied to any complex decision from your personal or professional life. As usual, the Heath Brothers provide relatable, evidence based stories, from Zappos to teen dating to patient care, to help bring their insights to life. Kaleo Griffith delivers the work well and is clearly engaged with the topics.

    My favorite tools from the book were "10/10/10", the "best friend" question, the "successors" question and the "book ending" ideas. I actually found so many applicable ideas that I bought the physical book, so I can reference it later.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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