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The Art of Critical Decision Making | [The Great Courses, Michael A. Roberto]

The Art of Critical Decision Making

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.
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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.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

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

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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.

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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.

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    LINDA Durbanville, South Africa 03-27-14
    LINDA Durbanville, South Africa 03-27-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't criticize Critical Decision Making"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Critical Decision Making to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. The lecturer added so much with his enthusiasm for the subject


    Any additional comments?

    I really couldn't stop listening to this book. The subject remained fresh and interesting throughout. It was a great introduction to the Great Courses

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    "Loved this book it is a must read for any leader"
    Would you listen to The Art of Critical Decision Making again? Why?

    Yes, great techniques on how to lead a team I have already started using some of the techniques at work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Case method


    What does Professor Michael A. Roberto bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a really engaging story teller, I think in text it would be kinda of dead.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No


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