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Download the posted blogs to circulate at your company. View the overall decision-making process framework that can help you make better decisions. Find the worksheets needed to make your own decisions. Access presentations to learn more. (Updated 01/09/21)
I have read and done research on multiple books, papers, and articles for my book, Good Decisions, Better Outcomes. If you want to learn more about how we think and our decision-making process, check out some of the books I read that you might find helpful. In February I'll add other books that you could find useful in business and everyday life. (Updated 01/20/21)
Learn more about how to make decisions that are inclusive, efficient, and effective. Make decisions such that individuals and department leaders consider the ecosystem of the company. Watch this quick 85-second video that explains some of the problems companies may face and what my framework can do to you.
These are some highlights from the workshop conducted at Lux Medical Logistics in Dallas, Texas. Briefly, the workshop provided an overview of the Trifecta Influencers and Three-Tier Philosophy. Also covered was a brief discussion on the eight traps that influences businesses’ decision-making process. The presentation concluded with the P2MODE, summary and questions. Watch this 2-minute sanitized video for highlights of the workshop.
Learn about your needs, wants, and emotions, your Trifecta Influencers. Get a better understanding of Systems 2 Thinking, and systems and long-term thinking, which is your Three Tier Philosophy. This 30-minute presentation I did for the Texas Legends Owner’s Club will get you going in the right direction in your decision-making process to make better decisions.
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In a book filled with concepts from the priming effect and cognitive ease, to the science of availability and illusion of validity, Dr. Kahneman ties in how System 1 and System 2 Thinking affects the way we think and decide. His clever and succinct title of the book provides us with a glimpse definition of what the two types of systems are. System 1 is fast and intuitive thinking. We make decisions on the fly. System 2 is slow and methodical. We have to stop and think about the decision. The book has numerous examples, contains many references, and is quite interesting to read. One will walk away with a much better understanding of how we think, why we may think the way we do, and when we might use System 1 versus System 2 Thinking.
Thinking, Fast and Slow was an inspiration for me when I drafted my book. It provided me that missing gap on how people might make better decisions. I introduce the two systems and how to recognize them to help us with our decision-making process. I thank him for his contribution to science and more importantly to society.
I strongly recommend Thinking, Fast and Slow for those who like to know more about how we think. I also endorse it for those who want to learn more about some of the various concepts in psychology. The references alone are enough to keep one from ever running out of material to read.
What a fun book to read. Dr. Ariely’s introduction gets the reader prepared for what they may view as some fun and interesting facts. I certainly thought this as I had read the book. I couldn’t put it down when I started but had to as life called me to do other things.
The premise of Predictably Irrational, The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, is that our behaviors are not random, but systematic and predictable. If we can recognize these forces of how we think, we can make better decisions. His goal by the end of the book is to make us learn more about what makes us and people around us tick. We must train ourselves not to fall into the trap of making the same mistakes by knowing why we make them over and over, and from there how to obviate them in the future.
There are many interesting and funny stories to read. And the way he presents them gets you involved in the story such that you think about what he is conveying. It makes it easier for you to learn how you might change some of your behaviors for the betterment of you.
In my book, I talk about one of my concepts that focuses on emotions. Dr. Ariely’s book helps me make my point about this human element. Emotions tend to be irrational and if they are at the forefront of how we decide, we could make some, well, not so rational decisions. I recommend Predictably Irrational for the ease of read and the stories behind the concepts. You will learn how to shift the way you think and have fun at the same time learning about the shift.
Dr. Keeney and Dr. Raiffa are quite involved in the concept of decision-making. Both have authored multiple books, articles, and papers on this concept. They are well respected in the community and have contributed to the advancement of the theory.
There book Decisions with Multiple Objectives, Preferences and Value Tradeoffs, is a professionally written, comprehensive, and business and theoretical book. They present many examples where decision-makers must make some tough decisions between what seems like equal but opposing objectives. They cover topics such as structuring the objective, tradeoffs under certainty, and utility theory. They also dive into multiattributes preferences under uncertainty with two and more than two attributes. All the while throughout the book they give examples and show mathematically what they do as well. Not to leave out theorems, they also present these in their book.
It may seem funny, but I reference their book for the soft side of making decisions. Yes, this is our emotions involved and yes, I said that they could lead us down the wrong path in a previous book review I gave. However, we must consider this soft side when we make decisions, or we could end up with a narrowly interpreted decision. That is, we would fail to consider the entire implications of our decisions. That is why the book I authored considers your emotions, the soft side, when deciding. You need this to make better decisions.
If you are a decision maker, analysts, consultant, and the like, I suggest Decisions with Multiple Objectives will bring you value. If you are a businessperson and not much into analysis, then chapters 1 and 2 will broaden your scope on the decision-making process. If on the other hand you are completely involved in the theoretical and mathematical side of decision-making, this is a good book for you to refresh or learn more about utility theory and decision-making.
Harvard Business Review (HBR) took ten articles written by renowned professors and consultants in the field of decision-making. There you will find experts such as John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney, Howard Raiffa, and Daniel Kahneman to name a few, who contributed to the articles.
The articles are pithy and packed with a wealth of information. You can read one in about 20 to 30 or so minutes. You’ll learn about multiple concepts in how we think and the effects they have in our decision-making process. You’ll also learn about concepts on how to make better decisions that apply to the real world.
In addition, the book has many actual examples that shows some downfalls of decisions made by companies. They didn’t take into account the pit falls of bias thinking, nor did they consider best practices in the decision-making process where both could’ve helped them make better decisions. The authors however do show those solutions those companies could’ve used to have made better decisions. The book also contains examples of where companies recognized their shortcomings in the decision-making process, adjusted them, and then went on to succeed.
In short, the title says is all: HBR’s 10 Must Read. I find that this book is a must read for individuals in a decision-making role. You’ll learn about concepts and how they affect your decisions. More importantly, you’ll be able to apply those concepts to your own decisions and make better ones in the end. This is a book that I would use as a tool and keep it readily available as a quick reference.
The stories behind some of the negotiations and decisions Chris had to make as he describes them in his book, Never Split the Difference, were short of remarkable. For years he worked at the FBI where he learned and trained on how to conduct hostage negotiations and performed numerous successful ones. He was exceptional in what he did.
Since then, he has started up his own consulting firm that focuses on how to negotiate. He uses what he has learned in the field to help us with our negotiations with people, companies, and vendors – whenever we might need to use negotiations to put us in a better position. He provides us with nine principles that are effective and easy to use to get us what we want. He is to the point and believes compromise is not truly negotiating. You’ll have to read the book to understand what I mean.
I recommend this book for anyone who wishes to learn how to negotiate effectively. Chris does not waste any time getting you involved in some of his past negotiations so that he can teach you the dos and don’ts of being a better negotiator. You won’t be able to put the book down once you start