• Decide and Conquer

  • 44 Decisions That Will Make or Break All Leaders
  • By: David Siegel
  • Narrated by: John Behrens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Success boils down to one thing: making good decisions. That’s easy to say, but what do we do when we are faced with terrible options, deep anxiety, and fear of failure? Learning the right framework now can make all the difference later.

Turn to Decide and Conquer to access the decision framework David Siegel used when he took over as CEO of Meetup, the world’s leading platform for making connections and finding your community. Let David’s success during one of the most tumultuous times in his company’s history help guide you on your own path.      

Decide and Conquer helps all leaders navigate the big decisions that will impact their future and make their organizations a success. David outlines the 44 challenges leaders face when starting a new position. He then shows you the decision framework he applied to overcome these challenges as CEO of Meetup. David takes you on an epic journey of corporate and personal survival that includes industry titans like Adam Neumann, Barry Diller, Jack Welch, Bill Ackman, and other leaders. Learn to:

  • Apply principles like open communication, transparency, and kindness to inform great decision-making.
  • Set yourself up to succeed, even before you start, by removing potential roadblocks before they become a problem.
  • Be a bold and decisive leader and not succumb to fear.

When David took over as CEO of Meetup, the road was fraught with obstacles that could have destroyed Meetup and his reputation. By applying the principles he had learned in previous leadership positions, David was able to make the many critical decisions that would mean life or death for Meetup when WeWork decided to sell the company. From deciding to accept the position and negotiating terms to the first 30, 60, and 90 days on the job and managing a seemingly endless series of crises during the sale and global pandemic, Decide and Conquer walks you through the key decisions you will face with invaluable advice for each one.

A sample layoff speech and sample succession email are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

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

©2022 David Siegel (P)2022 HarperCollins Leadership

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Love that it's not a founder story

This story feels super real, something I find is missing from business books "beind the scenes"

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Good book wrong narrator

The guy reading the book sounds like a young 20 something kid. Hard to imagine his voice being anywhere close to a seasoned CEO. Other than that there are some well thought out points and storytelling.

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Fantastic leadership insights

This book is great for any leader, not just CEOs. The insights and decision-making advice in this book are essential for anyone looking to optimize the performance of any team or business. David's examples, stories, and experiences pull you into the learning and growth opportunities that are essential for any successful leader. Amazing to see how a good leader can step into an insane situation with a company that is on an unsustainable path and turn it around by making hard decisions and focusing on the customers, employees, and core business goals.

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Great company bookclub

Our team read this title and discussed the key takeaways as a group. Wonderful discussion. Some points that stood out to me:
1. What you choose not to do can be just as important as what your company invests resources in to do.
2. Competition is a motivator, not the reason to make a decision
3. Amazing and inspiring stories shared about really picking the companies you work for based on the people and creating your own roles, you don’t have to e limited to the job descriptions written. Write your own.

The WeWork “drama” was pretty interesting too!

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The METAVERSE of Leadership

This book was not what I had expected coming from a CEO. It’s like a CEO and a leader from another world. If you are taking on or considering a position as a decision-maker, whether it’s for a start-up, as a CEO, or in any leadership role, you need to read this book. There are several lessons in this book I have never seen in any other book written by a CEO. There were some common things for sure, but some were of another dimension. Sometimes you'll find yourself saying, "What the ...." but you'll be impressed in a way you've never been before. When you have to make tough decisions, you are likely to find a solution here in this book. I gained valuable insight and priceless wisdom to carry me on my journey as I launch my new company and help it evolve. Read this book, and you’ll find many priceless gems and golden nuggets that will guide you through your journey.

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Genuine & Exemplary Leadership Lessons

David is providing an amazing account of his unique leadership experience, that's not only a must read for any founder or CEO, but for anyone wanting to contribute to the performance of a great team. David shares lessons of integrity, kindness, and pragmatism in leadership that are not only super valuable for the insight they provide, but are just as inspirational. David sharing his learnings is such an amazing resource that you should definitely explore — it gives insights into committed leadership in times of uncertainty that everyone can learn from! And it does so in a very well told and encouraging way. Would definitely recommend!

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Game changing book for post pandemic leaders

Traditional leadership styles will always have a place to exist but for companies looking to succeed in a post pandemic era this book lays out the tools you need more than ever before - transparency, over communication and the ability to move fast.

This book deserves to be added to the hall of fame of leadership books.

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  • Patrick Francis
  • 07-06-22

What a story, grippingly told.

The final lines of the book encourage the reader to note 3 takeaways. Here are mine:

1) Keep Your Options Open
Taking the road less travelled, forging the less expected career, always thinking long-term - this can be the way to maintain a healthy list of feasible options while under pressure.

2) Read the Whole Person
When beginning a business relationship, colleagues are usually on their best behaviour. We only see people's true colours when the chips are down and they're under pressure. Great advice to explore the personality in detail as early as you can, before it interferes with important decisions. Really get to the juice - anyone can present themselves well at interview or in a single meeting. Read the whole person.

3) Community
Building community is about catalysing real connection. MeetUp works to create opportunities for individuals to belong. This is transformative and focusing on an aspirational mission statement is a sure way to rally the troops. Always coming back to the positive of the mission during a crisis is essential to keeping morale up and reminding people why they're doing what they're doing.

In David Siegel, I've definitely found an impressive, insightful, honest and inspiring leader.

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