Making Great Decisions in Business and Life

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Chicago Park Press, 2006 - Decision making - 287 pages
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". The phrase "work smarter, not harder" has been repeatedly ridiculed in the Dilbert comic strip and elsewhere, not because it is a bad idea, but because it is thrown like a brick lifesaver to drowning employees. To tell someone to work smarter is like telling someone to be happier, healthier, and richer. It's not much help to merely repeat the objective; what people need is a plan for achieving the objective. ... In Making Great Decisions, we show our readers how to achieve their objectives. We write to help those in business and those in the business of life--i.e., everyone--to work smarter. Our ideas are both simple and powerful. We offer a better way to look at problems so that the solutions are easier to find. We help supplement our readers' clear thinking by summarizing some of the most powerful techniques we have discovered. ... Have you ever driven through corn country? From a distance, all you see are corn stalks and more corn stalks in a jumbled mess. Then suddenly, when you get closer, your perspective changes, and you can see down the rows and realize that the corn was planted perfectly in straight lines. Your perception of the crop changes from a messy jumble to a clear picture simply because you're in the right spot. This book puts readers in that ideal spot. So many problems seem like hopeless jumbles but then, when you start using the techniques we discuss here, they start to look as straightforward as the straightest line in an Iowa cornfield. ... What motivated us to write this book is that, over the years, both of us have regularly come across people in organizations--often bright people with MBAs or other graduate degrees--who don't think they have the time, energy, or skills to make good decisions. They have many clues but don't know how to put them together. They regularly face situations that they could analyze with some of the tools they learned in their courses, but they don't realize that. We don't hold ourselves apart from this group, and stories of our successes and failures are sprinkled throughout Making Great Decisions in Business and Life."--Publisher's Webisite.
 

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Contents

THINKING WORKS
1
THINK CLEARLY
19
THINK VALUE
33
ASK WHAT CHANGED
59
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT BEFORE YOU CHOOSE
67
BIASES AFFECT THE BEST OF US
93
REALIZE WHATS IMPORTANT
109
CREATE BETTER ALTERNATIVES
123
RISK IS PART OF GROWTH
163
EXPLOIT INEQUALITY
189
KNOW THE VALUE OF INFORMATION
209
THINK SIMPLE
221
THINK ARBITRAGE
231
DO THE RIGHT THING
241
OUR FINAL THOUGHTS
259
Copyright

CONSCIOUSLY SELECT THE BEST ALTERNATIVE
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