Decisive: How To Make Better Choices In Life And Work
  • Decisive: How To Make Better Choices In Life And Work
  • Decisive: How To Make Better Choices In Life And Work
  • Decisive: How To Make Better Choices In Life And Work
ISBN: 0307956393
EAN13: 9780307956392
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 26, 2013
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1.4" H x 8.4" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Chip and Dan Heath, the bestselling 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 readable 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 like 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 Read More chevron_right

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5
   The book gives a lot of great stories that allow you to figure out how to ...
Totally fascinating to read! The book provides a number of great stories that allow you to find out how to apply the principles to your own life. I've originally intended to read a few chapters every night, but was so hooked up that I ended up sleeping at 200 : 00 am to finish the whole thing. Definitely recommended for those who are currently dealing with big decisions.
 
5
   Each book they write gets better
This book really helped me a lot in my role as a leader of our team and making some personal decisions. The book builds on simple steps and makes the decision process a simple discipline. A highlight of Chip and Dan's writings is that you get a broad view of the theme from the author's two perspectives, without the writing being confusing.
 
5
   helpful, practical, and easy to apply
I have found all the books by Chip and Dan Heath to be helpful and this is no exception. It is deeply established in research, with clear examples and easy to apply immediately to life. After reading this article, I was able to face a difficult decision quickly and easily, and I was able to help others know what choices were best for them as well.
 
4
   Better decision making
It explores how and why we make the decisions we do and how to make them better. We don 't have to choose either or. It is a quick, easy, enjoyable read as well as thought provoking.
 
5
   What a great read - especially for women over 40!
It was full of great ideas and kept my attention, I would definitely recommend this to my friends. I think that women begin to look at reasons why our views change and how to make those appropriate changes, when they reach the age of 40 or so. This book was very helpful in this regard. Women usually have always shaken our head YES when we mean maybe or even no! It is time to say no when you mean no.
 
5
   Decide to buy this book
This book is very well written and the concepts and ideas are easy to grasp. There is an excellent one-page summary at the end of each chapter, which reinforces the material in a very succinct way. The authors do an excellent job of introducing fresh new ways of making better decisions not only in business, but also in personal life. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to make better choices.
 
5
   I use this book almost everyday
I think about the principles involved most days as I engage in decision making or work with others to try to make decisions. The interesting thing is that I had already read much of the source material from which they draw their suggestions, but they managed to present these ideas in a way that inspires action.
 
5
   An Outstanding Book
Hardly any topic could be more important in today's complex world, and decision making is something that humans aren 't really very good at. In this book, the Heath brothers provide excellent content in an incredibly well organized way. Each chapter contains clear explanations of the principles and case studies, and examples to illustrate the point. At the end of each chapter is a one-sided summary of contents that make excellent reference points. I have read a lot of books and this book is really good for me. It is very practical and sorely needed. Recommended very highly.
 
4
   Not the best book by the authors-- Not a disappointment either
The book had a lot of interesting stories and tips for making good choices. It is the kind of pop - social science that you expect from these authors, and I found it quite enjoyable. I also learned some interesting tips that I felt helped me improve my understanding of how to communicate decisions and make decisions around. Not groundbreaking research, but exactly what you would expect from poularizers.
 
4
   A short guide to improve your decision making process
I read this book after reading the first two books by the Heath brothers, Made to Stick and Switch, both of them outstanding. In my view, this was merely good. The authors provide a number of insightful nuggets on how to improve your decision-making and illustrate their points through interesting takes and vignettes, as they do in their other books. I'm not quite sure why this one came a bit less than the other two books, but you can't go too wrong picking this one up if you're a fan. I would recommend Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow over this one if you are looking for deeper insights to improve decision making. Those books tend to go more into actual psychology, so that if you want to have more action items with a lesser background, this book may be better for you.
 
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