Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
- Publish Date: 2013-03-26
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Chip Heath;Dan Heath
Chip and Dan Heath, the bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick, tackle one of the most critical topics in our work and personal lives: how to make better decisions.
Â Â Â Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: Weâre overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesnât. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesnât fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better?
Â Â Â In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively readable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock starâs ingenious decision-making trick to a CEOâs disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.
Â Â Â Along the way, we learn the answers to critical questions like these: How can we stop the cycle of agonizing over our decisions? How can we make group decisions without destructive politics? And how can we ensure that we donât overlook precious opportunities to change our course?ã
Â Â Â Decisive is the Heath brothersâ most powerfulâand importantâbook yet, offering fresh strategies and practical tools enabling us to make better choices. Because the right decision, at the right moment, can make all the difference.