- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Crown Business (March 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307956393
- ISBN-13: 978-0307956392
- Buy now from Amazon for only $14.97.
"Chip and Dan Heath, the bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick, tackle one of the most critical topics in our work and personal lives: how to make better decisions.
Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We’re overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn’t. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn’t fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better?
In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively readable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.
Along the way, we learn the answers to critical questions like these: How can we stop the cycle of agonizing over our decisions? How can we make group decisions without destructive politics? And how can we ensure that we don’t overlook precious opportunities to change our course?
Decisive is the Heath brothers’ most powerful—and important—book yet, offering fresh strategies and practical tools enabling us to make better choices. Because the right decision, at the right moment, can make all the difference."
My husband and I had a decision to make the other day. We had to decide whether or not to enroll our girls into a second semester of our local Music Together class for $290.00. This decision may seem small compared to other decisions in life. But, when you look at the time commitment -- 1x a week in the early AM on the weekend, and the overall cost of the class, we had to weigh the options. The girls seems to enjoyed the first semester class, and both my husband and I have seen how the class had helped teach the girls about music and rhythm. . So, how come even though we knew what the benefits were, we were paralyzed in the decision making process? In the new book DECISIVE by Chip and Dan Heath, the brothers, along with authors of other best selling books, like Made to Stick and Switch, provide the answers to this and other questions regarding decision making and solutions one can apply at work or at home with the children.
If you love Chip and Dan Heath's books, then you will want to pick up their new book, Decisive. Or, if you are a looking for a great book to read, that will not only be enjoyable, but also help you make crucial decisions in your work and home life, this is the book for you. Since reading, my husband and I have a better understanding about the decision process, and can sit down and talk things out, in order to make the right decisions we are both happy with.
Disclosure: I was sent an advanced copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.