Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions (Google eBook)

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MIT Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 348 pages
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Anyone who watches the television news has seen images of firefighters rescuing people from burning buildings and paramedics treating bombing victims. How do these individuals make the split-second decisions that save lives? Most studies of decision making, based on artificial tasks assigned in laboratory settings, view people as biased and unskilled. Gary Klein is one of the developers of the naturalistic decision making approach, which views people as inherently skilled and experienced. It documents human strengths and capabilities that so far have been downplayed or ignored.Since 1985, Klein has conducted fieldwork to find out how people tackle challenges in difficult, nonroutine situations. Sources of Power is based on observations of humans acting under such real-life constraints as time pressure, high stakes, personal responsibility, and shifting conditions. The professionals studied include firefighters, critical care nurses, pilots, nuclear power plant operators, battle planners, and chess masters. Each chapter builds on key incidents and examples to make the description of the methodology and phenomena more vivid. In addition to providing information that can be used by professionals in management, psychology, engineering, and other fields, the book presents an overview of the research approach of naturalistic decision making and expands our knowledge of the strengths people bring to difficult tasks.
  

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The book is easy to read and very engaging. - Goodreads
good research and stories but a bit long winded. - Goodreads
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Fantastic book that describes how decisions are made under pressure. It also offers insight into how to develop better decision makers. One of the best books I've ever read and applicable to any career or profession. Read full review

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Wonderful book to read with some very insightful information that could significantly changes my life. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Gary Klein is chairman and chief scientist of Klein Associates. He lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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