Friday, March 1, 2013

Decisive Book Review

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
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Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.

In Decisive, Chip Heath and Dan Heath, the bestselling authors of Made to Stick and Switch, tackle the thorny problem of how to overcome our natural biases and irrational thinking to make better decisions, about our work, lives, companies and careers.
    When it comes to decision making, our brains are flawed instruments.  But given that we are biologically hard-wired to act foolishly and behave irrationally at times, how can we do better?  A number of recent bestsellers have identified how irrational our decision making can be.  But being aware of a bias doesn't correct it, just as knowing that you are nearsighted doesn't help you to see better.  In Decisive, the Heath brothers, drawing on extensive studies, stories and research, offer specific, practical tools that can help us to think more clearly about our options, and get out of our heads, to improve our decision making, at work and at home. (Goodreads)

Honestly, this is not a book I would usually pick up and read. But it was sent to me for review and there were a few parts that I found interesting. There are multiple stories that include some type of choice, and then examples of what could happen and what did happen. Some of the titles include: The Four Villains of Decision Making, Overcome Short-Term Emotion, Consider the Opposite, and Trusting the Process.

I don't  really like the way that the book is set up and organized, it made it rather difficult to follow at times. But if you are interested in this type of research of decision making, you will like this book.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review".

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