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The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking [Hardcover]

Roman Tschäppeler , Mikael Krogerus , Jenny Piening
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Book Description

6 Jan 2011

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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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1846683955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846683954
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New-year stimuli to anyone who manages anything - even just their desk. (Independent)

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

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The 6th bestselling business book of 2011 - a smart, fun, bestselling guide to making the right choices

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26 of 26 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to thinking 21 April 2011
By Adam Smith VINE VOICE
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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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38 of 42 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to......models 27 May 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wikipedia is better 6 Feb 2013
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I bought this thinking it might provide greater insight and show the relationship between some of the models in more depth. All it is is a very concise overview of what the model is about. There is no real application of the model, the book is about as basic as it gets. Wikipedia offers a far more indepth overview of these models and links to other sources.

To be frank, i found the book nicely put together but a waste of money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Limited Value 14 July 2011
Beautifully produced and excellently researched this is a handy portable pocket book of strategic ideas used over the past 70 years by strategic planners in industry and politics. It is not a book to read from cover to cover as with all reference books this would become tedious after awhile, but it serves its purpose very well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bite size wisdom 24 Nov 2011
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Full of things you may already know but enjoy being reminded of, techniques you didn't know which make you go 'hmm, interesting...', and some ideas that make you think 'I want to try that one right now...'
Presented in a very easily digestible format of one or two pages per idea, great for reading on the train or airport, and with content most likely applicable to something that you're thinking of right now...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book!
Everyone in our house has thoroughly enjoyed this book. Each model is described briefly and in simple language, and most have pictures or diagrams too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
must recommend for everyone, this book is the best decision book ever read! even my CEO loves it! buy it now it will worth it!
Published 7 months ago by Teresa Kang
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book! Not the best condition.
Its great and funny, quick delivery but the book could have been in a better condition as a gift as it was dinted and scratched.
Published 7 months ago by jasmine baker
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrendous explanations for models
At their best, the explanations of the models "covered" in this book at too facile to allow someone to use them correctly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Akshay A. Rangnekar
3.0 out of 5 stars good collection
This is a good collection of various frameworks from as far as Esquire magazine to Strategy consulting. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Faisal Zanjani
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful little book
Essentially a summary of fifty analysis and decisions techniques, there is nothing new in this book, but for me it's very useful having them all in a handy book form where they are... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
Great when bought with The Question Book and The Change book.
review, consolidate and change for the better.
A good read
Published 11 months ago by angela jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Good.. but could do better
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. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. A. Officer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
A very useful book! First spotted on a shelf in W H Smiths at Southampton Airport; I vowed to buy a Kindle version later when I had a better wifi connection. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dr. J. R.
5.0 out of 5 stars All ideas in one place
Whilst not ground breaking in the content, it does give a good view of many of the common decision making processes out there. So for that point alone it is worth getting. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Country boy
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