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Published (first published 2008)
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Earl Gray
This book was one of those happy, unplanned discoveries. I was walking through the Annapolis, Maryland Barnes & Noble, looking for some fresh inspiration, and spotted it on the shelf, facing out. I was intrigued by both the title, the cover design, and the small, carry-it-easily-in-your-bag format.

As I flipped through it, it was easy to see that it was designed to surround you with as many - in this case, 50 - different models of processing and understanding decisions. Each of the 50 models is a
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Decision Book is a reference book, not a book to read linearly from cover to cover. The book is structured into 4 main categories:
How to improve yourself (13 models)
How to understand yourself better (17 models)
How to understand others better (15 models)
How to improve others (5 models)

With 60% of the models geared towards looking internally at personal development and decision making, and the other 40% on how you work with others, it's really a book about YOU. In the title, the
Kaung Myat Han
I'm sure many of the models mentioned here are already familiar with students of business and management(like for instance SWOT analysis, team building stages etc). I believe some of the models are from the sociology/psychology field(like the Johari Window). There are even useless models(for me at least) like what you listen to and what you wear can describe what kind of person you are. I do believe that someone can deduce a character of a person(at least to some extent) by the kind of music he ...more
We all know the models used in business to stimulate structural thinking. SWOT, Maslow, etc. Some in the book are pretty funny, never knew there were models for taste in music and fashion. The music one was not right in my opinion. There are interesting models there about teamwork, The Black Swan I never know, interesting theory, Hersey-Blanchard by now well known, the role-playing model, interesting team exercise... I enjoyed just browsing through the collection, but you really need more info p ...more
Razan Alghriafi
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The change book has been authored to guide you as a reader. Whether you were a teacher, a professor, or a top manager.
You will be confronted by the same questions: How do I make the right decision? How can I motivate myself or my team? How can I change things? How can I work more efficiently?

So, it has appropriate content that suits with different types of people with different ages.

Moreover, everyone who has read this book may re-read it again and again. Due to its content, which is not just fo
Abdurrahman AlQahtani
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very nice and concise reference book for all kinds of decision models needed in both your personal and professional life. While reading the book, I started to put sticky notes on the those models that I might use with my wife, kids, business ideas, team, and the overall organization i work for. I noticed that my sticky notes were on every page (or every other page). This gives me an indication that this is going to be on my reference shelf!
Although some models are easy to understand and ready
شريف سالم
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
great Ideas simplified , very useful book for business and personal life
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
This business psychology book was given for free to participants during one congress meeting in Dubrovnik. On the back of the book it says it is a European bestseller. The book is very handsome and practical, small in size, with black covers and golden lettering, which attracted me to read it.
Each model's explanation takes only one page, with the second page showing a related picture or a diagram. Personally, I would prefer if there were fewer models, but explained in more detail. However, the b
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
If the quality of the entire book stayed as high as that of the first half, then it could have earned itself five stars. But as it stands, The Decision Book is at the same time too wide and too shallow to be much helpful. The authors call a "model" any organisational theory they could think of. Case in point: The Black Swan ...model is visualised with the silhouette of a black swan and a text balloon with the words "Black Swan" pointing to it! Needless to say, not everything is a model and half ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
You have to be really bad at making decisions to read this book. Like absolutely and pathetically hopeless at making decisions. A lot in this book points out the obvious.

The book covers a variety of topics which is nice, there's something for everyone, but then loads of material you won't use unless your not from the particular group of people who'd use it. Like how the third section of the book consisted of corporate work and employee team work. If you're not working actively in teams in your
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent strategic models and tools for most leadership environments. This is not really a "reading" book but a workbook that you can use to develop and learn strategic thinking, but you will still have to provide the thought.
I recommend some other business books (in the order below) that I have read BEFORE reading this one:
The Goal (Goldratt)
Not Just Luck (Goldratt)
Leading Change (Mann)
Creating a Lean Culture (Kotter)
Lean Thinking
Reengineering the Corporation (Hammer)
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. Basically, the book has no substance to it. You get presented with a number of ideas (I think calling them that is better than calling them models because some just aren't) and then next to nothing as to what you would do with it. Now I knew the book wasn't nearly big enough to cover 50 models in detail and that is OK. I read on models, thinking, and the like all the time so the detail wasn't super important to me, rather I was looking for something that would be new to me or at l ...more
Katie Biggs
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book, particularly for managers or people in leadership positions. Even if you're not in any sort of leadership position, this book has insightful exercises to learn more about yourself and the people around you. V enjoyable.
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good guide book for mapping oppositions, dichotomies, and thoughtful dilemmas.
Jan 20, 2012 added it
Small enough to keep in my bag at all times.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Truly relevant content. Nice models. high level of applicability!
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I've found my favorite non-fiction book this year :') This book tells a lot about model, framework, & problem mapping through charts. As someone who doesn't expect deep business / management / leadership theory, this book is perfect. It also talks about personality, society, and connection between human being.

Some might think it's unfocused and it tends to oversimplify everything, but for me, this book is straight forward and not intimidating. I believe in this theory that "If you can't
Quyen M. Khuat
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think it's quite ... common.

The author chose the quantity, not quality. So if you want to dive shallow and quickly come up with a framework/model for a particular problem, the book is for you. But after coming up with, I'm pretty sure that you have to spend more time to figure out what to do next. Because the book doesn't clearly explain the methodology and how-to-apply for each model/framework.

As a person obsessed with naked thoughts, I would like to build my own logic and process to solve e
Mou AlShamlan
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a very practical book where there are 50 Subjects that goes into 4 subjects: How to Understand / Improve (yourself - others); I was advised to get this book by my cousin when I was doubting my decisions back in college, and I came back to read it now as an employee for almost two years.

I'd suggest to go through the whole book at once and in each subject you note if it's interesting or not and how important to do this exercise and when!

Great book.
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: self-help
A good book or manual if I should say , with a lot of strategic thinking on finding solutions of your problem , in personal life or professional life , the book is divided in the American Strategic thinking and on the European Style of Strategic Thinking . One thing that the reader should now is that : Do not expect the book to show you the answers of your problems , the book shows you the path how to solve your problems .
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Very interesting book that summarizes most important tools and strategies for thinking, planning, people managing, and decision making.

A must read.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Not finished, don't take my words if you don't want to know, i only read like 25% of the book, i'm quite unhappy with it so i stop, it was as if collection of informations
Miguel Pinto
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the original and this one doesn't add anything spectacular, but it keeps the goos tone, easy to read and some nice surprises.
i totally recommend the read of this new version
Jitesh Singla
Some of the models were quite good and help in better understanding ourselves and others and others were simply telling stuff with no reference as to what to do with it...
Sahana Mukherjee
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Apt for people in a management role or desiring to move to a management role.Also helps deal personal dilemmas but most of the models will help decision maker roles.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-development
This is a reference book. You may read it quickly once so that you know what is in the book, mark those models that seem relevant/useful to you and then recur to them occasionally as you need to. Very useful tools for teamwork, self-awareness, projecting goals, designing objectives, collaborating with others, time management and so on.
Ali AlGarawi
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
The decision book 

I enjoyed reading this book a lot. It's very condense book yet it was lite reading!
This book has 170 pages long that has 50 models distributed over 4 chapters:

- how to improve yourself 
- how to understand yourself better
- how to understand others 
- how to improve others

Personally, I've  found some of the models were very useful and some of them were not. This book will give you general idea about each and every module. It won't tell you how though.

I do recommend reading this bo
Andrea James
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: decision-making
This book's strength is that gives an introductory outline of some famous models, its weakness is that the summaries are light and shallow and so you only get a fleeting glimpse at each model. I suppose it could act as a "flash card" reminder of some of the well-known ideas but it requires the reader to look into each model to gain a more in-depth/thorough understanding of the topics. If this is the reader's only encounter with any particular idea presented in the book, then their knowledge will ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
A quick easy read. Useful as a rough list of "models" for decision making (although not all are models or for decision making). Useful as a thought provoker but models are dealt with unevenly and pretty superficially. Would have been good if, at the end of each model, there was further reading suggestions on the specific model.

Nov 20, 2013 rated it liked it
A very important book which includes many theories and models which I've studied already since I'm a business administration student .. Did it add something new to my knowledge? Yes .. How much? Perhaps, 40% which is good .. I recommend it to those who have trouble planning or organizing their lives
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