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

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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 beneficia
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ebook, 256 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Harvard Business School Press (first published January 6th 2009)
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Bob Selden
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Daniel
Imagine Daniel Kahneman wrote a business book. That's this! We get tied to our own ideas because of emotional attachment or because we make comparison's to other situations we've experienced that aren't actually good comparisons. I like the brain science behind the theories, and I liked the scenarios (he used the dude who was in charge of declaring - or NOT declaring - Katrina an emergency... he didn't declare it for 24 hours) to which he applied his theories. The truth is, though, that hindsigh ...more
David
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Charles Tuite
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really well-done book, with a lot of in-depth analysis. The one knock is that it may have done more to illustrate the downstream effects of the bad decisions ro emphasize why it is important to pay attention and learn from it.

Knowing that misleading experiences are a big source of error is valid, however the psychology driving past successes, which then contribute to that misleading set of experiences, is stacked toward hubris-tinged high risk/high reward mindsets. It might be good to
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Stephen
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alberto Lopez
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I had a tremendously difficult time engaging with most of the book, I thankfully found the very last section worth the wait. The quality of the content is top notch throughout, it was just one of those that is hard to click with. But as I said, the wrap up made it all a great book to have read.
Sleuth
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-audio
Safeguards for decisions
Red flags for decisions

Biases for decision making
Kimberly
Not bad, and often kind of interesting. A little "corporate workshop" sometimes for my taste.
Kevin
Jun 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Good book on decision making. It will make you more self aware on how you make decisions.
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