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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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  • 05-18-16

Staple for

Loved it. After listening to the audio book, I hit the web site as I also wanted the worksheets and the concepts in written form. This authors take information echoed in articles from the Harvard Business Review and pulls it together in a systematic approach to making decisions. I will come back to this resource time and again.

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Excellent; Necessary Reading; A bit too long

If you could sum up Decisive in three words, what would they be?

highschool mandatory reading

What does Kaleo Griffith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Business books are ORDERS of magnitude more pleasant when listened to

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely Not. Too much info to digest/retain in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

If the abridged version comes out, I'll gladly pay for it to listen to the book again--the current version is a bit too tedious and is mis-balanced between story and actionable advice... authors go on and on before they throw you a morsel of tip/how-to.

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Take your decision making skills advanced levels.

The WRAP method gives one well thought out and tested mdthods to improve decision making skills. Stories with examples of how thase methods have been used by others keeps the listener's interest and attention.

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Insightful

I have read Daniel Kahnemen's Thinking Fast and Slow, Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, and Nudge. This book is a must read as it takes the science from these behavioral Econs and places it in useable answers that will help improve your decision process.

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Recommended to everyone!

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!)

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Informative, entertaining, helpful

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.

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Great insight!

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!

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Great presentation and outline

Like the direct explanation of faulty decision making & how to correct it
Material was outlined well with solid support scenarios

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Great book, highly recommended

This was a great book. I highly recommend it. It offers sound advice that I have already used with success in my profession.

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Great content: practical and enjoyable

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.

Highly recommended