Decisive: How To Make Better Choices In Life and Work by brothers Chip Heath and Dan Heath is an interesting book.
It breaks down the decision process into four areas where it can be less than ideal. Chip and Dan first introduce the reader to ‘the four villains of decision making’ in the introduction. Then in take two or three chapters to elaborate on each villain and how to overcome each one.
The villains are ‘narrow framing’, ‘self-serving information’ or ‘confirmation bias’, ‘short-term emotion’, and ‘overconfident’.
With each ‘villain’ they give examples of people/companies that have dealt with that particular one and they give ways to overcome it. Some of the information was familiar to me already, but much of it was presented in a way that even if I already knew the concept it seemed fresh and unique.
At the end of each chapter they made sure the main points were highlighted so that the reader would not miss any of them.
I enjoyed reading the book, found myself looking at decision-making with fresh insights and even found myself wanting to help others see how they could enjoy making better decisions too.
If you find yourself having to make numerous decisions for yourself, your family, or professionally this might be just the book to help you find the right ones. Even if you only have to make the occasional decision, this book is still very interesting and I recommend reading it.
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