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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.

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Entertaining. Informative.

some parts I would've liked to go more in depth, done posts were oh less interest to me. or was informative and diverse in the way it attacked the issue

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excellent

extremely enlightening. would recommend it to all listeners. info that we all need very much

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Great Way to Cover Organizational Decision Making

I was expecting it to help on personal decision making, but I wasn't disappointed since he did such a good job of covering this more complex problem.

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Good not great

I listen while I commute. One semi-objective criteria I have is whether the audiobook or course keeps me engaged and awake. By that criteria this course was only mediocre, since I had to switch to something else periodically to keep my mind alert. Sometimes felt repetitive, or like the rigorous analysis might have gone "squish" momentarily.

There was a lot of good material and some interesting case studies. I plan to find the cliff notes version and review it occasionally.

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Great delivery and useful frameworks

Great delivery that presents some very useful frameworks.

The only negative point is that this course is very US-centric. As far as I remember all of the studies cited were done in the United States, and not everything would translate well across cultures

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Fantastic book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you could sum up The Art of Critical Decision Making in three words, what would they be?

Thoroughly well researched

What did you like best about this story?

Great use of case studies to help emphasize the points.

Have you listened to any of Professor Michael A. Roberto’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Art of Critical Decision Making?

Many elements, especially in framing the right question to help make the decision

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Superb content,concepts,organization and delivery.

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.

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Very enlightening and thought provoking

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.

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Amazing course!

Questions not answers are the role of the leader. Looking forward to using these lessons learned

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listen and learn life changing skills!

from individual decision making to the influence of organizational structure on decisions, this lecture seires is packed with insights and practical advice on making better decisions.

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