Buy Used
$2.28
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by hippo_books
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Excellent condition no markings or writing. Some minor wear from reading
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Think Smart - Act Smart: Avoiding The Business Mistakes That Even Intelligent People Make Hardcover – October 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0470171295 ISBN-10: 0470171294 Edition: 1st

Used
Price: $2.28
12 New from $4.75 14 Used from $2.28
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$4.75 $2.28
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470171294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470171295
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,570,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"…is the perfect business book, because it examines how misguided thinking patterns can cause business leaders to fail spectacularly, and Nightingale provides plenty of these relevant examples as well." (BizEd Magazine, March/April 2008)

From the Inside Flap

Think Smart––Act Smart

Avoiding the Business MistakesThat Even Intelligent People Make

Smart people sometimes make mistakes that seem like good ideas at the time. Why do clearly intelligent people, including business leaders, make spectacularly wrong decisions costing them time, money, and at worst, the loyalty of their customers and employees?

Author and business consultant Jim Nightingale supplies invaluable insight into poor choices made by otherwise intelligent people and reveals that, from the wacky to the disastrous, every kind of erroneous thinking is rooted in similar thought processes that make even the smartest professionals do things wrong. Think Smart––Act Smart examines the faulty thinking of a collection of brilliant people, using case studies drawn from historical examples including:

  • The Challenger Disaster

  • The South Sea Bubble

  • The failed Bay of Pigs Invasion

  • Project Alpha

  • The Dot-com Crash

The ideal companion for anyone who wants a better understanding of why intelligent individuals—yes, you!—do things that make no sense, Think Smart—Act Smart shows you how to make smart decisions by avoiding the pitfalls into which even the smartest of us fall. It provides businesspeople with a handle on why rational persons have made historically bad choices—choices to which they were desperately committed—and offers readers immediately useful guidance on making better judgment calls.

Think Smart—Act Smart will change the way you make decisions. Think of it as your smart and entertaining guide to becoming a better decision-maker and watch how you change the way you act.


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
5
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 6 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Nightingale depicts the intriguing mistakes made by important scientists, government leaders, and business managers, and yet finds a common thread of underlying psychological forces to weave them altogether. The anecdotes in each of his four categories--thinking, mythical thinking, tribal thinking, and royal thinking--bring you into the mind of his subjects so the reader can really understand how someone could have made the mistakes they did. Nightingale accurately depicts the thought processes and mindsets and puts them into a digestible framework for his readers to learn from and enjoy.

Nightingale's book is witty, engaging, and an unusually enjoyable read on this subject. This is a very useful book for all of us who make decisions for a living.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By P. Jones on February 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
...this book is an eye-opener. Although the examples from history, business, and science are enough to prove each of his points, the real worth of Nightingale's ideas is the way they illuminate and explain what is happening around us in early 2008 in the arenas of politics, finance, and religion. If he were to update this brand-new book in a year, he'd have plenty of current events to slot into the chapters on wishful, mythical, tribal, and royal thinking traps. I'm a former educator, and I know this book would be a great resource in that world.

It is easy reading and filled with detailed and clear "case studies."
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By vh on January 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Nightingale clearly and thoroughly outlines steps in order to make more unique decisions in order to actively increase productivity of a complex organization.

Since receiving this book, not only have I personally benefitted, using it as my personal guide, but my customers have as well; I have passed it on to the c-level at all of my clients with great reception.

Great read!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again