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.
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Great author with wonderful anecdotes. Some of these great courses books feel like work but this one is enjoyable and easy to listen to.
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.
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.
Hawaii Stock Coach
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding why decisions fail.
Nothing in particular.
Too much to mention.
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.
Thoroughly well researched
Great use of case studies to help emphasize the points.
Many elements, especially in framing the right question to help make the decision
This course exceeded my expectations. The concepts and explanations made understanding of historical events become enlightening learning experiences which I am already put in place both personally and professionally.I have highly recommended this course to many other leaders of organizations to help them in improving their critical decision-making. Have served on many boards I see where we've made excellent decisions however in some cases we got caught up in group think. This course would have helped us make better decisions and I am excited about already putting this into practice successfully.
It took me 3 episodes and moving the speed to 1.25 to be able to get completely engaged. Then I could not get enough. The case studies and insight was compelling to listen to. in fact, I plan to listen to the entire series again immediately. Would have loved a workbook.
I wanted something to help me make decisions in life, like when your in a situation that makes it hard to choose. But this is for corporations and businesses. I suppose it's good if that's what you need
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