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The Art of Critical Decision Making Lecture

The Art of Critical Decision Making

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Learn to approach the critical decisions in your life with a more seasoned, educated eye with this fascinating 24-lecture series that explores how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective decisions. The heart of this accessible series is a thorough examination of decision making at three key levels. First, you'll look at decisions made at the individual level, where, among the many things you'll learn is that intuition is more than just a gut instinct and, in fact, represents a powerful pattern recognition capability. Then, you'll explore decisions made at the group level, where you'll try to answer the question of whether groups are "smarter" and more capable of making critical decisions than individuals. And finally, you'll pull back to analyze organizational decision making, in which Professor Roberto demonstrates how some organizations have encouraged and reliably performed vigilant decision making in the face of risky scenarios.

Whether you're the head of a Fortune 500 company, a government agency, or an everyday household, you constantly make decisions important to you and those immediately around you. These lectures offer you a toolbox of practical knowledge and skills that you can apply to various decisions - whether large or small - in your everyday life and work. Professor Roberto's lively lectures are packed with useful anecdotes, tools, and advice designed to improve your own ability to make informed decisions. As you explore the intriguing process of making a good decision, you'll strengthen your grip on individual theories of decision making and the situations that illustrate them.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2009 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2009 The Great Courses

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    Jacob Glass TREMONT, IL, US 01-27-15
    Jacob Glass TREMONT, IL, US 01-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exellent"

    Great author with wonderful anecdotes. Some of these great courses books feel like work but this one is enjoyable and easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie San Jose 05-17-14
    Charlie San Jose 05-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Lifelong Student/Seeker.

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    "Really useful food for thought"

    There is much to say here but I'll limit myself to a brief review. First off, the discussion on cognitive bias alone was worth the price of admission in my opinion. Much more to this series than that though. I intend to listen again. Very interesting from a professional perspective but also I believe these concepts apply to the decisions we make in our personal lives as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LongerILiveLessIKnow Pennsylvania 11-08-13
    LongerILiveLessIKnow Pennsylvania 11-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The clapping. Oh, the clapping!"

    I’m on the fence about these “Great Courses.” Each lecture begins with the same snippet of classical music. The kind that (tries to) signal that something sophisticated is about to happen. Each lecture ends with obviously fake clapping. The folks reviewing these “Great Courses” universally have taken notice of how awful it is. Maybe I’m petty for mentioning it, but it made me suspicious of the whole product.

    I listened to this course and another one (by a different professor) on cyber security. Each of these courses shared the same strength: organization/conceptual clarity in surveying the various topics you might expect to find under the topic’s umbrella. But that strength notwithstanding, I struggled to finish both courses. Here, there’s a dumbing down quality; a feeling that Roberto is lecturing to the lowest common denominator. Also, the book’s audible blurb suggests that the course is aimed to help you “approach the critical decisions in your life,” but the material is 99% MBA-type material addressing business/management situations. I was also left with the nagging feeling that Roberto could have delivered the same content in a quarter of the time.

    The Audible environment makes transparent the time commitment the book or lecture commands. Twelve and half hours (or faster if you rev up the audio) spent on this lecture series is twelve and half hours I won’t spend on something else. And so, when it comes to spending future credits – to committing my future listening time – I’m leaning towards picking what’s behind door #2.

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    Igal 04-07-15
    Igal 04-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very disappointing!"

    Very disappointing. First of all the content does not match the title. Nothing in the title hints that the content deals only with organizational decision making, rather than personal decision making. It has to be more clear. Second, the course is rather shallow and deals only with an application of several critical thinking theories on group dinamics without bringing the broad picture. The whole content of the course is particular post mortum examination of chosen examples which seams to be very unscientific and not convincing. Eventually the course does not give any input about the ability to decide and presupposes that the right process will necessarily lead to the right decision which is definitely not true! Disappointment!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    eric Honolulu, Hi 05-01-14
    eric Honolulu, Hi 05-01-14

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    "Good content, unfortuately not a great experience"
    What disappointed you about The Art of Critical Decision Making?

    The digital study guide I found out can only be purchased if you purchase a digital audio copy from Great Courses. A printed Study Guide can be purchased but not a digital copy. Seems a contradiction


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The information on Critical Decision Making is well thought out. The examples that the presenter used were they also in the Study Guide-yes, I bought a printed version, it would make the Study Guide, more supportive of the experience and valuable resource.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The process of "sunk cost" where the nature of a sunk cost process overrides many other thought processes of handling risk, and and therefore not allowing for changes when appropriate.


    Any additional comments?

    Content wise, I am very satisfied with the content of the program, Audible, why not arrange that if it is available elsewhere, on their site, (a digital study guide) to make it available on yours.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 02-10-14
    Aaron 02-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Well Structured..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Critical Decision Making the most enjoyable?

    The topic was well researched with the author referencing several different sources/case studies to support the points being made, both positive and negative. The material was well-balanced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Critical Decision Making?

    Understanding why decisions fail.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing in particular.


    What did you learn from The Art of Critical Decision Making that you would use in your daily life?

    Too much to mention.


    Any additional comments?

    The cheezy classical music and the clapping between chapters were very annoying. It made the author appear very needy, pathetic even. If I came across that during the preview before purchasing I would have definitely considered not buying it.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Tipton 09-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very good decision making book"

    I really enjoyed this book. It had Fantastic cases and great approaches for the decision making process. I really like the psychology behind the concept.

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    Brian Munoz 08-20-16
    Brian Munoz 08-20-16
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    "Informative material"

    Quality case studies that reveal useful tips for leaders charged with making business decisions in an ever changing and competitive marketplace...

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    David Q. 06-21-16
    David Q. 06-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So much good info I have to listen to this book again"

    It is amazing to know how easy it is to learn from previous events in history and the devotion making process that was used to either successfully complete a mission or a complete catastrophe. I enjoy the process of teaching used in this book which focuses on case studies. They engage you in the learning process and make you think about the different decisions that you would make as a leader.
    We are always making decisions on a daily basis and this book helps you with the process of making the best decisions and having the right protocols to succeed as a leader or as a team player.

    I highly recommend this book.

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    Amazon Customer 05-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "An Important Read for Critcal Decision Making"

    The work satisfies a curious mind's processes for finding meaning in thinking and critical decision making.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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