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Decide and Deliver: Five Steps to Breakthrough Performance in Your Organization

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Dithering. Decisions that turn out wrong. Decisions that people sabotage or don't know how to implement. If your company's experiencing these problems, it's not alone. Most organizations don't know how to make and execute good decisions. And they're paying a high price—as profitability and competitiveness erode.

It doesn't have to be this way. In Decide and Deliver, the aut
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 27th 2010 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published September 3rd 2010)
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Li Li
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
A pretty quick read as most of the content is not net new to me. The book addresses organizational decision making process and framework at a very high level. It also introduces the benchmark and measure of decision making efficiency and org health with some examples (e.g. ABB company...).

The writing is very dry. Theoretically, it's a book for someone who wants a high-level intro on organizational decision making, but I found it with very little practical use. All the concepts and ideas are goo
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Eric Michels
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A solid book - this is what the great mass of business mechanics books should aspire to be. It is a very quick read authored by experienced practitioners that offered a couple of really insightful takeaway thoughts, particularly on the nature of identifying the different types and levels of importance of decisions throughout the organization.
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1 star for cover, 1 star for bullshit
Ryan O'Connor
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I picked up Decide & Deliver after struggling to understand the attributes of effective decision-making. I manage a new business intelligence capability in and wanted an objective way to measure improvements in organizational decision-making resulting from investments in business intelligence and analytics. Decide & Deliver provides a useful way to measure several dimensions if decision making and diagnostic tools to identify areas to focus on to improve the link between decisions and outcomes. ...more
dakotapie
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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This has been one of the better assigned readings for work - at least it's somewhat contemporary - but I felt it was redundant. Also. Most of the suggestions were common sense business (and life) practices that the authors seem to take responsibility for coming up with. And then more repetition in case you didn't understand the first time they said something.
Danielle
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: professional
Read this for work. It's got some good content albeit very dry academic/consulting industry stuff. I think the HBR article that explains the RAPID decision-making method is more than adequate for most people. This book is probably most appropriate for senior leaders and/or those leading major organizational change efforts.
Andrea James
Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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It had a couple of good points but a lot of the self assessment seems misguided. For instance, in assessing whether your organisation has made good decisions people's biases and memory of how and why things were done are often influenced by the outcome and results.
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