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The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking

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Hardcover, 174 pages
Published January 1st 2011
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Peter
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decision-making
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
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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
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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
Annet
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
Marijana
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
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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
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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
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شريف سالم
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
great Ideas simplified , very useful book for business and personal life
Tim
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
Stamatios
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
rawan
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
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Rob
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)
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Carlos
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Simple and clear. Nothing that is not available (scattered) out there but a good compile of useful frameworks. I've left it next to my desk and using it when feeling stuck with a problem/decision. ...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. ...more
oenggun
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good guide book for mapping oppositions, dichotomies, and thoughtful dilemmas.
Cara
Jan 20, 2012 added it
Small enough to keep in my bag at all times.
Artur
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Truly relevant content. Nice models. high level of applicability!
Khryzette Onishi
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.5 stars (rounded off to 3)

To be frank, in the first few pages, I wanted to give this book one star to almost no star at all. It did not meet my expectations when I bought it nor when I already started reading. My intention was to look for a book to improve my strategic thinking which would in turn should relatively improve my decision making skills.

This book is a list of the world’s best thinking and assessment models for business and private uses. Imagine an excel file with 50 line it
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Aditi Pansari
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ratings : 4.3/5

There are times we fail to make correct decisions. There are times when indecisiveness takes a toll on our minds and we end up confused and miserable. There are times when we finally make a decision but are already too late.

This book summarizes fifty popular decision-making models. It has the essence of them all. A compact and short book, but it has content varying from personal development to professional development. It is a pure self-help book which will aid you in all walks of
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Puty
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
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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.
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cntcr_19
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 .
Hamza
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.
Ali
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 ...more
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
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Cris Stanciu
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: smart
This book is really smart! Short, but it's like a "Bible". You always come back to it. ...more
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.
Pradyuman Singh Rajput
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Crash Course on Decision making skills from the best in the world to grind out and declutter worry or any thoughts of doubt inthe modern world.
Must Read and Apply skills in your daily life.

Thanks for the suggestion Aditi🤓😅
Murilo Silva
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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