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Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions Hardcover – August 25, 2015
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- ASIN : 1633691047
- Publisher : Harvard Business Review Press; 1st edition (August 25, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781633691049
- ISBN-13 : 978-1633691049
- Item Weight : 13.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.7 x 1 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is meant for the general public and written in a clear and concise manner complete with numerous realistic examples where the decision making methodologies are illustrated. The authors, despite their academic and business background, have steered cleared of using too abstract concepts and theories instead taken a more practical approach.
This has resulted in a wonderful book that is both easily understood but at the same time teaches powerful concepts and methodologies for decision making in work and personal life.
What I like about this book is the way the book is organized and the numerous examples provided. It makes the book easy to read and understand. The examples are realistic problems and not some text-book examples that have little to do with the real world. No complicated and complex mathematics or abstract concepts are used.
I have read dozens of books on decision making and this is certainly the best book for the general public that I know of – by a country mile. It is easy and clear enough for the general reader (and even teens) but contains powerful concepts to satisfy even business professionals.
I would strongly recommend this book for the general readers and business professionals who are new to the decision making. However this book is not meant for business professionals or academics looking for advanced or complex decision making.
Smart Choices drills down into the eight steps of problem solving, discussing each at length. The book also discusses common pitfalls, which I saw myself in just about every pitfall mentioned.
The authors suggest that we, as readers, should get out there and practice being better problem solvers. We should also get more pro-active about solving problems. This is all great advice.
I had to admit I bounced over some of the more technical bits. This book probably has to be read several times, or referred to often, as it's hard to pick up all the techniques in one read.
Better problem solving is key to a better quality of life. Who wouldn't want to make better decisions and reap the benefits? I would highly advise reading Smart Choices because it sets the bar much higher for better decisions, and certainly gives the reader plenty of new skills and things to think about that should lead to better results!
This book has been written by top experts in this field. This book, at times, goes into too much complicated analysis of what has to be done for someone to make a smart decision. This is not necessarily bad since it tends to illustrate many points that the authors try to bring home. The authors do admit that for many life decisions, too much analysis is not often needed. If you follow some main steps that the authors advice you to take, you will be on your way to making smart decisions. I believe even if you use 50% of what this book tells you to do, you are more than likely to make a smart decision.
Once again, I wish I had this book a decade ago. I would not have been broke, unhappy, lonely, unhealthy and with so much useless education right now. I already made a few decisions based on this book. I hope I will continue to make progress. Do read this book! It can really change your life faster than all self-help books combined out there.
Top reviews from other countries
La démarche peut paraître un peu lourde, mais d'après ses auteurs, tout se joue au niveau des trois premières étapes: "pas de bonne décision, sans bonnes alternatives proposés à un problème correctement posée".
Il suffit en outre d'un simple feuille de papier pour la mettre en place.
Si les auteurs expliquent qu'une décision "smart" ne se traduit pas nécessairement par des résultats positifs, celui-ci en augmente cependant forcément les chances.