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The Art of Decisions: How to Manage in an Uncertain World (Financial Times Series) Paperback – 20 Nov 2007

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 01 edition (20 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273710990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273710998
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,086,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"log on to Amazon and buy this book. Blake puts his considerable experience to... skilfully dissext why we take decisions, the rules about making the best ones and why most people fail to  take logical ones... Be decisive, do not let this little gem pass you by." - Human Resources, March 2008

"Whatever books you decide to read, a good decision would be to read this one"            - Business Executive

“…an honest account of the role of luck and judgement in management decision-making. It is about the art rather than the science of decision-making; letting go of the fable of certainty and managing effectively in a profoundly uncertain future. This is the key management skills for the 21st century. The Art of Decisions is an invaluable, mind-stretching and entertaining read.”

 

Sidney Callis, Business Executive  

 

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"The book provides a broad spectrum look at how we make decisions, bringing to bear the internet bubble, poker, chess, neuroscience, game shows, and management theory to help illuminate the decision making process. A great tool for learning to make consistently better decisions."

Thomas Stubbs, Interactive Marketing IT Director, The Coca-Cola Company

“A strikingly honest account of the role of luck and judgement in management decision making – the art of knowing when to quit and when to raise the stakes.  The connection between poker and business decisions is compelling and exhilarating."

Richard Balkwill, International Copyright and I.P. Consultant and Trainer

 

The Art of Decisions challenges the traditional theories of decision making. Chris Blake skilfully blends together a mix of realism, business insight and poker theory in a way that even the most experienced manager in business will find beneficial. You will never make a decision in the same way again!”

Sue Stockdale, Founder of Mission Possible, author of Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneursand polar explorer

 

Why will most people decline a £10 bet but many will risk their life savings in starting up their own business?  How much information do you need to make a business decision?  Why is it so difficult to shut down a failing project?  Why is it often a mistake to assume past winners will be winners in the future too? Why were turtle burgers a flop? When should you fold your hand in poker? And what has poker got to do with business decision making anyway?

The Art of Decisionsis a fascinating investigation of the complex workings behind the decisions we all make. It is widely believed that, with enough knowledge, we can make a rational, objective decision, the ‘right’ decision, which will get us the results we want. But, as Chris Blake reveals, business, like life, and like poker, is uncertain and full of risk – the right action doesn’t always get you the results you expected.

So how should managers decide in an uncertain world? What are the biases and errors that we all make in our decision making? And how can we use this knowledge to become better decision makers? Drawing on the secrets of psychology, poker and probability, the answers to these thought-provoking questions, and more, can be found in this stylish overview of the real art of decisions.

 

THE REALITY OF DECISION MAKING – AND HOW TO GET BETTER AT IT

 

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This book has good pace, surprising insights and I found it held my interest. It presents interesting scenarios experienced by famous brands and people and successfully relates those to decision making conundrums I've faced. I gave it 5 stars.
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This is a bold, lively, refreshing book written with the voice of someone with a clear passion for the subject of creative decision making.
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This book is an entertaining read, packed with great insights into the real world of business. It shows how much of classic business management theory does not take into account that in the real world having all the information necessary to apply them with guaranteed success is unlikely. What's more, we humans often miss-lead ourselves and others due to prejudices, past experiences or by wanting to feel in control and drive positive outcomes. After reading this book, I am tempted to send several copies with highlighted sections to a number of people who seem to think they know what they have done to drive success but in reality may just have been lucky. I highly recommend this book to anyone who really wants to understand the things they need to keep in the back of their mind when fully engaging in real world, real time business decisions.
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