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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (January 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393079619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393079616
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mikael Krogerus is a freelance journalist for several German publications, including Der Freitag.

Roman Tschäppeler founded Guzo Communications, a management consulting firm.

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This book was very disappointing, more like a lot of lists than a book.
Marc
If you have a minute of downtime , this is a great book to read one model at a time.
James Barry
It is a great tool and concepts are explained in very simple straightforward terms.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Caufrier Frederic on January 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This small sized book (173 pages) covers a set of models that could fall under decision making tools (if you use a broad spectrum for that definition that is).

The models get placed under 4 basic questions:
1) How to improve yourself
2) How to understand yourself
3) How to understand others better
4) How to improve others

Some models are well known and broadly used, some are lesser known, some disappoint and some are nice surprises.

This book is a very fast read and really stripped down to the basics. The models are explained in single page format, followed up with an illustration. So as long as you don't expect detailed explanations on the models, you will love this one.

Interesting!

Contents

Instruction for use

How to improve yourself
- The Eisenhower matrix: How to work more efficiently
- The SWOT analysis: How to find the right solution
- The BCG box: How to evaluate costs and benefits
- The project portfolio matrix: How to maintain an overview
- The John Whitmore model: Am I pursuing the right goal?
- The rubber band model: How to deal with a dilemma
- The feedback model: Dealing with other's people's compliments and criticism
- The family tree model: The contacts you should maintain
- The morphological box and SCAMPER: Why you have to be structured to be creative
- The Esquire gift model: How much to spend on gifts
- The consequences model: Why it is important to make decisions promptly
- The conflict resolution model: How to resolve a conflict elegantly
- The crossroads model: So what next?

How to understand yourself
- The flow model: What makes you happy?
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By W on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Stumbled on this little book at the MIT Coop. I've been an analyst and strategic thinker for 25+ years, but have never seen a survey like this that covers so much territory so succinctly. It's a great overview to lots of the common conceptual frameworks used by decision analysts. It's not going to tell you enough to employ most of these techniques, but it does have enough info to point the user towards the right kind of tools for various kinds of problems. Just flipping through it as you contemplate a challenging problem should get neurons firing. My only criticism is that a lot of the examples are drawn from personal decisions, as opposed to corporate or pol-mil examples. Many of these models are applicable to those areas as well (or in fact were invented in those spheres).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adriano Leal on March 2, 2011
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The book is very concise and presents all the topics and concepts in an executive fashion.
Even though it has a good coverage, it is not recommended for those who are not familiar with Strategy Concepts as SWOT, BCG, and others. Very good for a quick review though.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Barker on September 2, 2012
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To be fair, my two-star rating may be overly harsh based on your different expectations of the book.

In working with CEOs and management teams, a well-developed graphic model often spurs creative thoughts that lead to new insights and solutions. Graphic frameworks also lead to clearer interaction and more engagement. The subtitle "50 Models for Strategic Thinking" sounded directly applicable to my management consulting. What I hoped to find were good examples and expositions of proven frameworks, along with new frameworks not yet encountered.

What I found instead were models mostly concerned with personal growth, and much of the writing was superficial. The section on Festinger's cognitive dissonance theory, for example, exhibited a shallow understanding of its key points. Writing on the well-understood and useful SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis failed to identify influences as internal versus external, and helpful versus harmful. The graphic in the Wikipedia definition of SWOT is better, suggesting that the authors spent very little time researching their work.

Finally, to their credit, the authors encourage the reader to develop his/her own models. Sadly, though, the advice they offer is so imprecise and elementary as to be useless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 26, 2014
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I felt that this book had a lot of filler in the form of mostly useless decision analysis models. While it is true that some of the models are useful, many of them are simply inapplicable to most situations. I felt like this book should have been called "Wikipedia compilation of pop theories."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Heria Covarrubias on August 5, 2013
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I expected more depth and professional approach to the subject. Though interesting models included, further explanation and applications would have been better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CaddisBug on March 9, 2014
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Started out strong, which is why I bought it. But as the book progresses the models and frameworks get weaker and weaker. I find myself drawn to roughly five of the models in this book... the rest were not very helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on December 27, 2013
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A lot of information of many decision models. None of which are explained in any depth to be useful. Perhaps you might look through it for some inspiration and then search for further information on that model. Not something you would read cover to cover. Disappointing.
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