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The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking Hardcover – January 30, 2012
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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.
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?Read more ›
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.
The authors' purpose in this book is to aid decision-making and reflection, in both individual and collaborative contexts. The authors' state that a model must have the following attributes:
(2) is pragmatic
(4) is visual
(6) is a method
These models help clarify and structure uncertain situations. The authors reinforce this point at the end of the work, when they state that (a) pictures are easy for the audience to follow, and (b) models rely heavily on pictures to convey a lot of information. This leads naturally to the conclusion that models are a particularly effective way of communicating methods of action.
If this book seeks to help us make better decisions, I think it partially fulfills that goal. There is, however, no advice on how to deploy the models; the book is simply a reference book for various methods and not a book that shows the reader how to truly integrate these models into their thinking. That kind of knowledge may only arise from a trial and error application of the models to real life situations.
Another shortfall I can easily elucidate is the weakness of the models from the categories about understanding and improving others relative to the models about self-improvement or self-knowledge.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a helpful strategy glossary for people with bachelor's degrees. It does not offer the depth that I expected. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Hetal Shah
If you want a quick reference guide to the various ways to illustrate a decision this is a great guide.Published 1 month ago by Mr. Cheetodust
Fun read with great examples for making decisions to better one's life!Published 1 month ago by Tom DeVilliers
Had a little damage on book. Lost a star due to that. Needs to be packaged better was with another book with nothing in between so they scratched each other .Published 1 month ago by Drecedes
Its okay. I'll have to reread it again to remember the contents. Some of the topics were too easy to be helpful, others were almost impossible to apply to solve problems.Published 3 months ago by Gsocal