The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking (The Tschapeller and Kyogenus Collection) Hardcover – 6 Jan 2011
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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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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.
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.
The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking
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
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.
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
definitely more for business people, as others have said, but still a nice quick read with some interesting topics and good use of diagrams. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent little book that describes in a really succint and practical way 50 models of strategic thinking presentend in 4 sections: how to improve myself and other and how to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Giuliano Gasparini
Nice little book. Most of the models are quite smartly presented and useful in real life.Published 7 months ago by o.p.