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Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter Hardcover – December 23, 2014
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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“Just because collective groupthink in business and public life decision-making is the prevalent paradigm, doesn't mean it’s the right way to go. Discuss.” ― Qantas The Australian Way
"[Wiser] sheds light on the specifics of why and how group decisions go wrong, and share insights into how leaders can avoid the pitfalls and reach better outcomes....With examples from a broad range of organisations from Google to the CIA, Wiser is designed to help leaders and their teams make better decisions that lead to greater success." ― Inside HR
ADVANCE PRAISE for Wiser:
Lawrence Summers, Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton; Director of the National Economic Council under President Obama―
“No man is an island, and all important decisions are made collectively. This important book shows how they can be made better and so will make groups, crowds, and our society wiser and better. Anyone involved in making decisions that matter should read this book.”
John Engler, President, Business Roundtable―
“Drawing on academic research, real-world examples, and, in Sunstein’s case, White House experience, the authors identify the most common mistakes groups fall victim to and offer sensible ways to avoid those often-expensive errors. In Sunstein and Hastie’s recommendations, CEOs and managers alike will find much that leaves them, in a word, wiser.”
Claire Shipman, Correspondent, ABC’s Good Morning America; Author, The Confidence Code―
“More minds aren’t always better, according to Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie. In Wiser, they deftly lay out the unexpected perils of group decision making and provide smart, straightforward, and often surprising fixes. Utterly fascinating and counterintuitive, this book is an essential read for executives and managers―for anybody, actually, hoping to make an enterprise successful.”
Austan Goolsbee, Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business; former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Obama―
“There have been lots of books written on why and how individuals make bad decisions. But many of the most important decisions are made by committee, where normal problems get magnified. Finally, Sunstein and Hastie have provided crucial insights and lessons to help groups and teams avoid pitfalls and make effective decisions. Leaders everywhere should take these lessons to heart.”
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize–winning presidential historian; Author, Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit―
“This gem of a book is full of penetrating insight, sensible advice, and fascinating stories drawn from practical experience. Written with clarity and grace, it provides an invaluable road map for leaders and managers in both public and private life. I can think of dozens of historical decisions that might have been better made had our leaders followed these precepts.”
About the Author
Cass R. Sunstein is a US legal scholar and served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration. He is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School and coauthor, with Richard H. Thaler, of Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness.
Reid Hastie is an expert on the psychology of decision making, especially by groups. He has authored or coauthored several academic books, including Rational Choice in an Uncertain World. He is currently the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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Why a four, and not a five? The lay reader (of which I number myself) would have benefited from an exposition of cognitive bias on the individual level, to see its relationship and expression amidst groups. Although Sunstein let us all leave our math at the door, at times, at least with the notes, it would have been worthwhile to show the derivations of some of the work (surely, at least Condorcet's reasoning is available to anyone with a good high school education). And lastly, although the book ends by saying that after 30 years of research, behavioural economics is finally beginning to bear fruit, a bit more helpful advice, perhaps in a check-box summary "If you think the problem is A, try B," would have been extremely useful for us non-academics, who struggle with poorly-performing groups daily.
Still, if I could have given this 4.5 stars, I would have, which would then have rounded up to a 5, no?. But as an alum of the University of Chicago's Booth School, I am accustomed to low grades. I expect that this would be expected by both Thaler and Sunstein - after all, we share the same institution! But get it, read it; if you deal with organizations, you will benefit.