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The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking [Kindle Edition]

Roman Tschäppeler , Mikael Krogerus , Jenny Piening
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Book Description

Most of us face the same questions every day: What do I want? And how can I get it? How can I live more happily and work more efficiently?

A worldwide bestseller, The Decision Book distils into a single volume the fifty best decision-making models used on MBA courses and elsewhere that will help you tackle these important questions - from the well known (the Eisenhower matrix for time management) to the less familiar but equally useful (the Swiss Cheese model). It will even show you how to remember everything you will have learned by the end of it.

Stylish and compact, this little black book is a powerful asset. Whether you need to plot a presentation, assess someone's business idea or get to know yourself better, this unique guide will help you simplify any problem and take steps towards the right decision.

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A handy primer for anyone keen to tackle problems in a different way (Director magazine)

Book Description

A smart, fun, bestselling guide to making the right choices

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1761 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (6 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HZYBB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Source Material 19 Jun. 2011
This book will be extremely useful for people giving presentations (managers, consultants, teachers, lecturers etc.). The book is a one page description of a model and one page of an example of the model. The models are arranged in 4 larger categories How to Improve Yourself, Understand Yourself Better, Understand Others, Improve Others. Each category has a handful of relevant models.

This is not a life changing self-help book and doesn't offer anything that you could not find in loads of other self-help books that are focused on a specific concept. What the book does offer is a simple and quick reference for those who need to pop a model into a presentation.

If you give a lot of presentation and like to use models to illustrate your points this is excellent source material.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to thinking 21 April 2011
By Adam Smith VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you are like me, you find yourself very pressed for time, and books like this with lots of condensed ideas and explanations greatly appeal to me. I love books like this, which simply lay out, in diagramatic form, lots of great ideas. Then you can choose which to explore at greater length, either by further reading or simply by letting them percolate over a period of time. And they are handy as a bluffers guide to great ideas! Not that any of us would do that sort of thing. I was very satisfied with this book, I need to think very critically in a number of areas, and am always looking for ways and methods that help me do this. Unhesitatingly recommended.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good decision 13 Jan. 2011
By jimmykp
I don't really do books, and especially not business books. I am a slow reader and getting common sense lectures from people that are better at writing books than running businesses does not seem like a good use of my time - until I came across The Decision Book. It is short, clever and full of pictures for slow readers like me!
The book is pocket sized and hard backed so easy to keep beside you for the short time it takes to digest. It includes a wide range of decision making models that will suit all types of people and help them to improve both their business and personal effectiveness. It does not tell you what to do, it simply gives you a number of ways to approach different tasks. Simples.
Written by a Swede and a Swiss it has only recently become accessible to mere mortals like me with the first English print run in Jan 2011. I can't promise it will change your life but you should feel more comfortable with the way you approach life.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to......models 27 May 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This small sized book (173 pages) covers a set of models that could fall under decision making tools (if you use a broad spectrum for that definition that is).

The models get placed under 4 basic questions:
1) How to improve yourself
2) How to understand yourself
3) How to understand others better
4) How to improve others

Some models are well known and broadly used, some are lesser known, some disappoint and some are nice surprises.

This book is a very fast read and really stripped down to the basics. The models are explained in single page format, followed up with an illustration. So as long as you don't expect detailed explanations on the models, you will love this one.



Instruction for use

How to improve yourself
- The Eisenhower matrix: How to work more efficiently
- The SWOT analysis: How to find the right solution
- The BCG box: How to evaluate costs and benefits
- The project portfolio matrix: How to maintain an overview
- The John Whitmore model: Am I pursuing the right goal?
- The rubber band model: How to deal with a dilemma
- The feedback model: Dealing with other's people's compliments and criticism
- The family tree model: The contacts you should maintain
- The morphological box and SCAMPER: Why you have to be structured to be creative
- The Esquire gift model: How much to spend on gifts
- The consequences model: Why it is important to make decisions promptly
- The conflict resolution model: How to resolve a conflict elegantly
- The crossroads model: So what next?

How to understand yourself
- The flow model: What makes you happy?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrendous explanations for models 17 Dec. 2013
At their best, the explanations of the models "covered" in this book at too facile to allow someone to use them correctly. At worst, the narrative is completely misguided about how these models are applied correctly. This book will not teach you how to correctly apply a tool that you haven't already got familiarity with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good.. but could do better 8 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the type of book that makes me think "hey I could be an author" in the same way that George Bush made American think they also could be the top dog.

It is indeed filled with 50 models for strategic thinking... but the book is physically quite small. I understand the desire to create a pocket reference book but this could have been so much more.

There was an optortunity for the author to move past a revamped wikipedia book with lots of child like diagrams and move to adding some short but very helpful case studies that would show how people and companies have used these models to improve themselves or situations.

On the plus side the book is well made with illustrations simple and easy to follow with the book laid out in 4 categories:
How to Improve Yourself
Understand Yourself Better
Understand Others
Improve Others

This book has its uses and you wont be left thinking you have wasted you money but it really does feal like a half finished job.
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