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The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking

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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
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

اتخذت قراراً ألا أبذل الجهد في كتابة مراجعات كتب في القوودريدز إلى أجل غير مسمى, لكن كتاب القرار وقراءته كانت تجربة تستحق أن أسجلها لي وللعابرين.

في الكتاب الذي يقع في 150 صفحة تقريبا يوجد اربع فصول. كل فصل يحمل سؤالاً, كيف تعرف نفسك, كيف تحسن من أداءك, كيف تعرف الآخرين, كيف تحسّن أداْهم.

هذه الفصول الأربعة تحوي 50 نموذجاً مشهوراً على مستوى الإدارة الإنسانية, النماذج تقيس وتستقبل مدخلات وتعطي مخرجات تساعدك في الإجابة عن الأسئلة أعلاه.

سأذكر أبرز النماذج التي شدتني ونبذة بس
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
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
Hessah Alhashash
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
انقل لكم تعليق الاخ عصام الغامدي لانه هو ما اود ان اقوله بالضبط
الكتيب جميل و خفيف و مفيد ... تقدر ترجع له اكثر من مره يفيدك في اتخاذ القرارات و التعامل مع الامورو توضيحها
سعيدة لأنه في مكتبتي


Essam AlGhamdi
May 24, 2011
Essam AlGhamdi rated it 4 of 5 stars false
كُتيب ملئ بالعلاقات او المبادئ او القوانين المختلفه.
كل قانون او مبدا يتم شرحه في صفحه او صفحتين مع صوره القانون.

كتاب استراتيجي ، ممكن استعمال رسومات قوانينه في اجتماعاتك او شرح شي معين لشخص ما.

قواني إداريه ، تنميه شخصيه ، وحياتيه.

في اخر ال
Essam AlGhamdi
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
كُتيب ملئ بالعلاقات او المبادئ او القوانين المختلفه.
كل قانون او مبدا يتم شرحه في صفحه او صفحتين مع صوره القانون.

كتاب استراتيجي ، ممكن استعمال رسومات قوانينه في اجتماعاتك او شرح شي معين لشخص ما.

قواني إداريه ، تنميه شخصيه ، وحياتيه.

في اخر الكتاب ، فيه أوراق فاضيه ، يطلب منك الكاتب انك ترسم أفكارك الخاصه.

بكل بساطه حبيته، ويخليك تفكر وتتعلم وتعلم من حولك.
Pavel Annenkov
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Собрали в одной маленькой книге основные модели для анализа ситуации и принятия решений в бизнесе и жизни. Ничего нового. Но вспомнить некоторые модели не помешает.
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking is not really a book to read from cover to cover. This is more a reference book, and 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
نادية أحمد
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
من أقوى الكتب التي تحفّز على التفكير الإبداعي
وتوسّع مدارك القارئ والمتلقي ليصبح موجّهاً
وقائداً في اتخاذ قراراته
حيث لخّص ميكائيل كروجيروس

٥٠ استراتيجية ضمن ١٧٨ صفحة مع الغلاف الداخلي
مقسمة على ٤ فصول أو أقسام

١- كيف أعرف نفسي أفضل
٢- كيف أحسّن من أدائي
٣- كيف أعرف الآخرين
٤- كيف أحسّن أداء الآخرين

ومن خلال ال ٥٠ استراتيجية يستطيع القارئ
أن يحدّد النموذج الذي يجد نفسه فيه أو قريب
لفهمه وقبوله
ثمّ يتخذ منها نهج لتحليل أموره
واتّباع الأنموذج منها ضمن تداعيات إحتياجاته
رغم أنني تعمقت في كتب سابقة
ودراستي في الدب
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
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 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un pequeño libro que tenía muchas ganas de leer. Ofrece modelos gráficos que ayudan en la toma de decisiones y a comprenderse a uno mismo.

Requiere un análisis bastante completo. Para empezar, yo lo titularía de otra forma, porque una parte de él está dedicado a decisiones económicas o de management que difícilmente pueden extrapolarse. No obstante, hay muchas otras cosas en este libro.

Es un volumen que puede no ser del gusto de muchos. Con algunas me he quedado muy sorprendido. Hay esquemas para
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
Alexander Koro
Чем мне была интересна эта книга? В ней собраны 50 моделей, которые можно использовать для анализа проблем и поиска решений этих проблем. Ценность книги в том, что это краткий справочник!
Речь в книге идет об общеизвестных моделях, которые используются в различных сферах: менеджмент, личностный рост, и пр. Фактически это - аннотации к известным моделям. Использовать информацию из книги, если вы не знакомы с этими моделями, практически невозможно. Но, вспомнить о существовании подходящей модели ил
Khalid Almoghrabi
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
كتاب مبسط جدا جدا بشكل جميل لاهم الأفكار في مجال التفكير الاستراتيجي موزعة على اربعة نطاقات:
١- كيف تطور نفسك
٢- كيف تفهم نفسك على نحو افضل
٣- كيف نفهم الآخرين بشكل افضل
٤- كيف تطور الآخرين

حذفت نجمة كون الكتاب لم يعمد على وضع هوامش من مصدر كل فكرة فكثير من الأفكار احببت ان ارجع لمصادرها الأصلية لافهمها بشكل افضل
Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it
كتاب جيد يضع مجموعة كبيرة جدا من النظريات والأنظمة في التعرف على النفس وتحسينها واكتشاف الاخرين وتطوير علاقتنا بهم، الإخراج الفني جميل وجذاب ، غير ان المحتوى بالنسبة لي لا جديد فيه ، واسع جدا لكنه غير عميق .. وبالتالي غير نافع .
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.
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Good for thinking upgrade. Recommended for employed in consulting, consulting wannabes and prior consultants.

Как себя усовершенствовать
-> Матрица Эйзенхауэра
-> SWOT-анализ
-> Матрица BCG
-> Матрица управления портфелем проектов
-> Модель Джона Уитмора
-> Модель «Резинка»
-> Модель «Обратная связь»
-> Модель «Генеалогическое древо»
-> Морфологический анализ и SCAMPER
• Substitute? – заменить людей, компоненты, материалы.
• Combine? – скомбинировать с другими функциями или веща
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 ca
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.
Tariq Fatafta
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب ممتاز .... يقدم للقارئين نماذج في الادارة ... لكنه يعطي افكار مبسطه ...اذا اردت التعمق فعليك ان تبحث في مصادر اخرى... قراءه ممتعه
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...
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
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pieni suuri päätösten kirja esittelee 50 toimivaa (tai vähemmän toimivaa) ratkaisumallia. Malleja löytyy niin itsetutkiskeluun kuin työelämän päätöksenteon helpottajiksi. Kun kirjan nappaisee tuttavansa kirjahyllystä juhlissa, sopii se oivallisesti hieman hitaasti lämpiävien juhlien ensimmäiseksi puheenaiheeksi. Kirjasta voi bongata klassisia malleja, kuten Maslow:n tarvehierarkiamallin tai sitten tutustua Mustan Joutsenen käsitteeseen, jolla voi johdattaa kepeästi pulppuilevan keskustelun vaikk ...more
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
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
Estevo Raposo
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cincuenta modelos en un pequeño libro de poco más de 100 páginas, son muchos modelos para profundizar en todos y cada uno de ellos; para utilizarlos de modo consistente, el lector tendría que profundizar en los modelos que leinteresen buscando información en otro sitio, no obstante, merece la pena leerse el libro, precisamente (y esa es la otra cara de la moneda) por la varidad de modelos propuestos. Algunos no merecen la pena, pero otros son imprescindibles. Los modelos están agrupados en cuatr ...more
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
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