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How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices Paperback – Illustrated, October 13, 2020
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--Marc Andreessen, cofounder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz
"How to Decide is a delightful, practical guide to making better decisions in a complex world. Annie Duke explains exactly how to cut through the biases that prevent most of us from making wise choices and offers readers a toolkit for learning from the past and tackling the future in an uncertain world. I look forward to assigning this book to my Wharton students for many years to come.”
--Katy Milkman, Professor at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and host of the Choiceology podcast
"What a phenomenal achievement! Written with zest, flair, and compassion, it's a ton of fun, and it's also packed with original ideas."
--Cass R. Sunstein, author of How Change Happens
"Annie Duke gives you the tools you need and tells you how to use them effectively. Smart and practical, How to Decide is the best user's guide to decision-making that you'll find."
--Michael J. Mauboussin, author of The Success Equation
"This is a vitally important book. Simple, powerful and generous, it should be required reading."
--Seth Godin, author of This is Marketing
“No one could explain the process of high-stakes decision-making better than Annie Duke, or make it as entertaining and insightful as How to Decide. The first decision you should make is to read this book immediately!”
--Garry Kasparov, chess grandmaster and author of Winter is Coming
"How to Decide is the perfect guide to decision making that you didn't even know you needed. Clear, engaging, and thought-provoking, it forces even those of us to re-examine our thought processes and question the innermost workings of our minds."
--Maria Konnikova, author of The Biggest Bluff
“Many books teach us why we make bad choices. Few help us make better ones. At long last, Annie Duke has tackled that problem. Her handbook for decision-making isn’t just evidence-based and practical—it’s fun too.”
--Adam Grant, bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
“You can’t learn how to ride a bicycle by reading physics textbooks. You need to get on the bike and practice. And you can’t become a better decisionmaker by reading micro-economics textbooks. You need to practice by working through the real-world exercises in this state-of-the-art book.”
--Philip Tetlock, author of Superforecasting
About the Author
Annie is the co-founder of The Alliance for Decision Education, a non-profit whose mission to improve lives by empowering students through decision skills education. She is also a member of the National Board of After-School All-Stars and the Board of Directors of the Franklin Institute. In 2020, she joined the board of the Renew Democracy Initiative.
- Publisher : Portfolio; Illustrated edition (October 13, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593418484
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593418482
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.35 x 0.75 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Her examples and expectations for the usage of her tactics all focus on the individual making the decision, as if an individual's decision affects only that one person. Plainly, any decision that I make affects many people, some very close to me and some who are strangers. She seems unwilling/unable to apply systems thinking to her mindset. Without thinking systemically, her tactics come across as either self-centered at worst or oblivious to the reality of the ripple effects of any one person's actions at best.
She also asks much of the reader in her multiple exercises when she requires the reader to clearly recall a situation that exactly fits one of her notions, and then to self-analyze that recalled situation. That's very difficult to do; personally, I had no luck at all in effectively recalling enough detail in past life events to complete even one of her many exercises. Last, she annoyingly used closed ended questions when prompting the reader for conclusions about his/her learning from each exercise. Example (paraphrased): "Did you gain any insight into your tendency to use comfirmation bias?" As a PhD in psychology, I would have assumed she had learned to use open ended questions to prompt for in-depth self--reflection, in this case asking "What did you learn about your tendencey to use confirmation bias?" Overall, there are far more thorough and engaging books on the topic of effective problem solving and decision making. Duke isn't bad; it's just that she's not good.
You don’t have to be a high-stakes poker pro or a high-paid executive. Everyone faces decisions, and the lack of consideration we chronically give even to our most serious choices can have lasting effects. In How to Decide, Annie Duke has provided a practical, step-by-step guide to thoughtful decision making, and she’s illustrated it with vivid and sometimes hilarious anecdotes from her own one-of-a-kind life.
As I read it, I kept thinking of Maria Konnikova's book about learning poker and its life lessons and was delighted to discover when I saw the jacket copy that Konnikova is one of its endorsers. Now, so am I.
Buy this book. It’s like completing your inside straight on the river. Because when you’re talking about life, you really are all in.