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Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How to Keep It from Happeining to You

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Why do smart and experienced leaders make flawed, even catastrophic, decisions? Why do people keep believing they have made the right choice, even with the disastrous result staring them in the face? And how can you be sure you're making the right decision--without the benefit of hindsight?
Sydney Finkelstein, Jo Whitehead, and Andrew Campbell show how the usually benefici
ebook, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Harvard Business School Press (first published January 6th 2009)
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Bob Selden
“Most leaders make bad decisions. Even great leaders can make bad decisions.” The introduction to “Think Again” leads with this statement. The authors Fnklestein, Whitehead and Campbell then proceed to show why. Most importantly, they provide a framework for recognising when such bad decisions may occur and how to safeguard against such decisions.

The book is in three parts – How your brain makes decisions; Why decisions go wrong; and Red flags and safeguards (for recognising and preventing bad d
If one is interested on why leaders often make bad decisions, companies make terrible decision that all went spiral downwards..perhaps this is a book that will give you a small glimpse on these leaders' mindset: often relate to emotional bias, personal expectation, personal presetting, and personal advantage as major reasons. Books are using Quaker/Gatorade, WWII Yamamoto, Rentokil, Wang Computer, WWII Operation Market Garden, BOOTS, Enron, WB Wolforitz, Mark Spenser/Brooks Brothers as some of t ...more
Marc Brodeur
I wish that I could give 4.5 stars, because it warrants more than 4.

The "erroneous decision" theory that the authors put forward is solid and well researched. I found it to apply to life and business in general, and the authors do a good job of not overselling the theory or their posited solutions. The remedies that they propose are grounded and properly couched in the traps that lie in the variability inherent in all decisions.

In essence, the worst thing that can happen isn't what you don't kno
Do you belong to an organization?

"Think Again" is a useful book on how an organization can reduce and avoid leaders making bad decisions. This book gives many examples from business, government, and military on how skilled experienced leaders made costly blunders. That alone is entertaining while reading this book. The book also explains four major types of red flags that can signal a potential bad decision. And explains four major types of safeguards that will cause leaders to "think again" and
Good book on decision making. It will make you more self aware on how you make decisions.
Not bad, and often kind of interesting. A little "corporate workshop" sometimes for my taste.
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