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The Art of Critical Decision Making Lecture

The Art of Critical Decision Making

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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.

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

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    Douglas 08-21-13
    Douglas 08-21-13 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    for much of the material covered in a better book, namely, Malcolm Gladwell's Blink: How To Think Without Thinking. Though Blink is more dynamic and interesting, I would not say that this course should be simply blown off in favor of Gladwell, but rather that it should be used as a preparation for it. There is also additional information and knowledge to be gleaned from this course that one does not find in Blink, and thus, it remains a fine choice on its own merits. Roberto also does a good job of combining business, psychology, cognitive science and sociology to get to the root of what makes for good decision making. Listen to Roberto, and then use what is gotten here to move up to Gladwell.

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    Eben V Pelcyger Boulder, CO United States 04-09-17
    Eben V Pelcyger Boulder, CO United States 04-09-17 Member Since 2013
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    "my favorite specific the focus course from GC"

    This is an excellent series of lectures and decision-making covering individual human cognitive biases group dynamics and organizational Dynamics. I highly recommended to anybody interested in these topics.

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    Martin West Oakville, ON, CA 10-15-16
    Martin West Oakville, ON, CA 10-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating articulation of personal, group and organization factors that hinder and drive good decision making"

    Loved it! Should be combined with more integration of negotiation and mediation technique. Highly recommended for all that care about organizational performance

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    Paula Tipton 09-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very good decision making book"

    I really enjoyed this book. It had Fantastic cases and great approaches for the decision making process. I really like the psychology behind the concept.

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    "An Important Read for Critcal Decision Making"

    The work satisfies a curious mind's processes for finding meaning in thinking and critical decision making.

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    "Very insightful!"

    The depths of this program going into issues of national significance outline how difficult clear and precise communication can be even if I highest levels. Or importantly it outlines various processes used in order to correct communication deficiencies.

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    Madhav 04-26-16
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    "more examples would have been added.sometimes same"

    Overall very good.but sometimes few incidences of the message were repeated a lot. so it would have been better to add new examples.

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    "Pretty focused on the business world but good"

    I recently left the LDS (Mormon) church and this really helped me to get my brain working properly again. The critical thinking skills taught in this lecture could have saved me 10 years and tens of thousands of dollars.

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    TNT 04-09-16
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    "great lecture"

    This one was a great lecture using case studies of well known historical events. I like this professor.

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    Stephane United States 04-04-16
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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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