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Think Fast!: Accurate Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Planning in Minutes a Day Hardcover – June 28, 2011

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118004639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118004630
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let's be candid. It's a jungle out there. There is no end to the obstacles, challenges, mountains, and unexpected issues, even self-defeating thoughts, that get in the way of being the best you can be and achieving your goals and dreams.

In today's environment, everyone from top coaches and entrepreneurs, to corporate leaders, busy mothers, and grad students—everyone—is expected to make decisions and solve issues at the speed of light and with pinpoint accuracy. That's a tall order! Add downsizing, or "right-sizing" as it's often called, to this reality, and you can see why it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the demands and responsibilities placed on your shoulders daily.

Think Fast! is a game-changer. This system has been field-tested in Fortune 500 corporate training sessions, with top business leaders, and in thousands of client consultations and solution-finding sessions. The results were so consistently effective that these same clients asked for a book to use as an ongoing learning tool—a virtual "coach."

In these pages, you'll find a simple-to-use system to:

  • Cut through your concerns, obstacles, and demands in record time and with accuracy, every time

  • Immediately eliminate feeling overwhelmed and out of control

  • Discover renewed energy to pursue your dreams and goals, with passion!

You hold in your hands a powerful system to enable you to make good decisions, prevent problems, and plan for the future with speed, effectiveness, and accuracy every time! Think about it. The greatest coaches and leaders today and throughout history have mastered these skills. And now, so can YOU: fast, accurately, and in just minutes a day!

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Praise for ThinkFAST!

"In the complex and ever changing business world, exceptional leadership continues to be the critical ingredient to success. Guy has provided a proven process to take your leadership to the next level. I found this book to be immediately helpful."—Steve Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, West Region, UnitedHealthcare

"Guy was one of the best all-around athletes I ever coached at BYU. He played offense, defense, and did the kicking for us. He even made All Conference on the baseball team. The information in his book Think Fast! will help everyone become more effective in life. I highly recommend it."—LaVell Edwards, Hall of Fame Football Coach, Brigham Young University

"Guy Hale's previous book, The Leader's Edge, taught us how to make the right decisions, and this book teaches us how to make the right decisions at a much faster pace. This is exactly what we need to survive and grow in China, where everything changes rapidly."—Quinn Liu, President, EMKT Consulting, Shanghai, China

"There is nothing more valuable to me than being able to make better decisions and make them fast! Guy has hit the mark, and this book is a priceless part of my new style of management. Think Fast! is a game-changing tool for business." —Dix Jarman, CEO and owner, Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions

"Think Fast! is a perfect guideline for day-to-day problem solving—with immediate success! Think Fast! is a must for everybody in a management position with heterogeneous tasks. Thanks Guy!" —Markus Simmeth, CEO and founder, Simmeth System, Hamburg, Germany

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura De Giorgio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book contains simple, straight-forward and effective steps for dealing with critical situations, and managing daily problems in business or personal life.

Instead of losing your head, stop, take the time out and write down all of your concerns. List each of your concerns on a separate line. Assign priority to each item on the list and then pick the right-road for your concern.

Identify which thinking skill you need to resolve each concern: (1) Do you need to make a decision? (2) Do you need to find the cause of the problem? or (3) Do you need to make it happen?

Then learn how to effectively execute each one of these skills, how to consistently and accurately make good decisions; how to solve problems, and how to plan effectively.

To make a good decision, (1) know purpose for that decision, (2) establish criteria by deciding which factors are negotiable and which are non-negotiable, (3) compare each option to your criteria and not one option to another, and (4) assess the risks.

To solve problems, (1) state the problem, (2) gather the facts, (3) compare, (4) look for differences or changes and (5) verify your conclusions.

To plan effectively, (1) state your objective, (2) develop an action plan, (3) list foreseeable problems and opportunities, (3) define how to prevent and facilitate, (4) create plan B, (5) create trigger alerts, and (6) update your action plan.

The book contains a bonus chapter on innovation.

The author has clearly explained each step and offered examples, and then you are encouraged to follow the steps by applying them to your own situation.

The material in this book is presented systematically and exceptionally well.
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Format: Hardcover
Business leadership is more challenging now than ever before, due to hyper-competition, rapidly changing technology, and a raft of emerging players from every corner of the globe. Companies are being pressured to keep changing their game in order to survive and thrive, but the evidence reveals that most companies are not responding well to these new demands.

Past approaches to leadership development appear to have failed, leaving a serious shortage of effective leaders for today's dynamic environment. Best-selling author and organizational expert Guy Hale, in "ThinkFast," begins to fill this vacuum by providing an easy-to-adopt, personal development system that addresses one of the most basic and crucial skills required for leading: effective thinking on the go.

Putting oneself on the line by making a decision requires courage and confidence because decisions imply taking responsibility, assuming accountability, and being open to criticism and failure. To gain the confidence (and overcome any fear) needed for effective decision-making requires skill and practice. "ThinkFast" provides a new way to make consistent, well-thought out decisions, in record time. And to make it easy for all, this new process comes complete with "how to" templates, and real life examples.

Although accurate thinking is the most frequently used of core leadership skills, Guy knows well that decision-making alone is not sufficient. Confident, clear, problem-solving and planning skills are also critical, especially in today's fast-paced, highly competitive environment. And Guy delivers. He gives the reader excellent, new tools and templates for fast, accurate problem-solving and planning as well.
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By Tony R. Vaughan on November 21, 2012
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I would have paid many times this book's price if I could have bought it 35 years ago! Having this information would have saved me a lot of pain.
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Format: Hardcover
This book provides a simple, concise yet well structured framework that leads readers to solve their daily problems step by step, type by type. It resembles much the material used for training workshop. It can certainly benefit those who, despite contraints in time and other resources, want their first bite of some professional means to improve their thinking and productivity. Also, I like those quotes in the first page of each chapter, particularly the following in Chapter 2: "You wouldn't fire a gun without aiming, would you? So, why would we act without thinking. - Chuck Gallozzi". In short, recommended!
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