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How to Make Better Decisions: 14 Smart Tactics for Curbing Your Biases, Managing Your Emotions, And Making Fearless Decisions in Every Area of Your Life! Hardcover – September 23, 2021
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Discover How to Finally Overcome Indecision and Make Smart, Effective, and CONFIDENT Choices Without Fear or Regret!Our decisions shape our lives.
Smart decisions lead to promising opportunities, greater happiness, and richer experiences. Poor decisions get us into trouble and often impose serious consequences.
That's why making decisions can be so difficult. There's a lot at stake.
HOW TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS shows you, step by step, how to choose wisely every time. You'll discover how to stop agonizing and make smart decisions quickly and confidently with zero regret. You'll also learn how to recognize influences, both internal and external, that threaten to sabotage your choices.
In HOW TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS, you'll discover:
- the top 6 reasons we make bad decisions
- 10 cognitive biases that sabotage us (and how to overcome each one!)
- a simple 6-step framework for making FAST decisions without fear
- an advanced strategy for creating pros-and-cons lists that actually work
- how to avoid information overload (and 4 types of filters that'll do the heavy lifting for you!)
- 7 ways to methodically challenge your assumptions in any situation
- how to perform a simple paired comparison analysis (it's easier than you might think!)
- the 10 questions you must ask yourself before making any important decision
- more than a dozen systems, methods, and hacks that will improve your decision-making skills
PLUS, YOU'LL RECEIVE 14 EXERCISES to help you apply the tactics you'll learn throughout this book!
If you're feeling overwhelmed, under pressure, and indecisive, HOW TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS offers a simple, practical solution. Here's how to make better personal and professional decisions to create a truly rewarding life.
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- ASIN : B09GZ7VD54
- Publisher : Independently published (September 23, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 246 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8483329169
- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,947,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This skill. Simple, straight forward and so useful.
Coach Manny Nowak
1. What are the intricacies and processes of decision-making?
2. How can we learn and avoid its pitfalls?
3. And how can we make decisions better?
If you are reading this review, you are likely thinking not only of the above questions—which Zahariades answers fully in his latest book—but also in terms of the practicality, brevity, and applicability of his advice. As with most self-improvement topics, the competing literature is stiff and abundant so why should you buy and read Zahariades when there are at least dozens of other books on decision-making, some written by authors with advanced degrees?
In sharp contrast to some other writers, Zahariades’ work (including his fourteen other books) appeals to the average reader who desires neither to be intimidated by sophisticated jargon nor spends too much time or money on an overly long tome padded with anecdotes, stories, or academic findings. Despite its relative compactness at 233 pages (with large type), Zahariades does not dump down the subject but distills the most relevant points from numerous literature (including academic works) and makes the topic highly readable—you can probably finish the book over a weekend including faithfully doing the exercises. This is what I believe, in a nutshell, separates Zahariades from the his competition: an accessible yet credible piece of writing that anyone can peruse and put into practice quickly. That said, there are a few weaknesses of this book which I will mention later, right after giving a brief introduction, highlighting one of its most powerful tactics mentioned, and explaining how reading it has fortuitously saved me precious time and money.
The book is divided into three parts: (1) Understanding Our Decision-making Process, (2) 14 Tactics for Making Better Decisions, and (3) How to Optimize Your Decision-making Results. Part I comprises introductory materials and lays out the rationale for adopting better methods in decision-making. Part II is the “meat” of the book consisting of fourteen techniques to improve the decision-making process. Part III can be considered the cheat sheet of the process and lists the most potent tactics to adopt and salient questions one should ask oneself before making decisions. As with books of this nature, some repetition is inevitable but the author takes extra care in explaining his reasons for reiterating certain points. Thankfully, these are rare lest the reader starts rolling his or her eyes.
To give you a glimpse of one of the tactics, consider his Tactic #13: Perform a Paired Comparison Analysis. While I am unsure of his source and was unfamiliar with it until now, the technique calls for us to rank a simple “For” or “Against” for each pair of options in a tabulated matrix when faced with more than two options, provided certain criteria has already been defined. The example and exercise in the book, complete with diagrams, illustrates the methodology pellucidly. After I read that chapter, I was indelibly impressed and it soon dawns on me what an eminently powerful yet simple and elegant solution it is.
Just before I started reading the book, I was struggling with a decision which at first glance seems straightforward and should be followed through. Without going into too much details, the decision involves acquiring a skill which may be beneficial but has no application in the short to medium term. Emotionally, intuitively, and influenced partly by peer pressure, I was inclined to spend the time and money pursuing it despite being short of both. Midway through the book, I performed a simple back-of-the-napkin cost-benefit analysis while reflecting on my current primary goals (drawing on Tactics #1, 3, 7, and #14 of the book) and in the end decided against making the commitment. Why? Not counting the initial outlay, to properly put the skill into practice I will have to make even more commitment, making the whole endeavor nothing less than a nasty sinkhole draining my energy, time, and money. In short, this book has already paid for itself many times over for me and I intend to consult it whenever I find myself at a decision-making crossroad again.
There are unfortunately some minor shortcomings for which I am noting below not as criticism but as part of a balanced review so that potential purchasers of this book on decision-making can make their well-informed decision (pun intended).
First, the use of investing as an example repeatedly may come across for some readers as excessive. Granted, this fault is abated whenever Zahariades suggests using other scenarios for the exercises. Second, in chapter three on cognitive biases, the author claims that Bias #9 (“Self-serving Bias”) “derails the decision-making process” but on my close reading, this bias appears to be only a different phrasing of the “Optimism” and “Dunning-Kruger” biases (Biases #4 and #5). It is unclear how our tendency to blame others after the fact—part of Bias #9—can influence us into making wrong choices since before making any crucial decision, the onus is on us to weigh factors influencing its success or failure, including those coming from parties. Third, in at least one instance, Zahariades does not distinguish between decisions and tasks. An example is Tactic #3 where he introduces the Eisenhower Matrix. This is a time-honored method for prioritizing tasks after one has already decided (!) on them. While it can be repurposed to eliminate decisions that are unimportant as well as not urgent in hindsight, its role in the decision-making process itself, that is, before any decision has been made, is not unclear. The aforementioned two points could be rewritten to illustrate their relevance to the subject but, as they stand, may be unfortunate cases of putting the cart before the horse. At this point, I would suggest to the author to engage an editor to read closely his future manuscripts (if he does not do this already) so that these mistakes might be caught and rectified before publication.
I should conclude by saying that the above are minuscule errors in an otherwise well-researched, succinct, and easily appreciated manual on making decisions. No books—even peer-reviewed scientific works—are free of mistakes and by devoting a passage to them, I risk detracting the reader from its excellence. Even the Eisenhower Matrix noted above is an efficient method for setting priorities for decisions or to-do tasks. Nonetheless, if you are still undecided, consider the powerful Tip #4 “Design for Default” in Part III. It espouses that we design our environment and lifestyle around so-called default choices, thereby ensuring that our limited daily mental energy is not depleted in prosaic matters. Here, I am surprised that the author does not mention any prominent persons (Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, et cetera) who have obviously embraced this tool by, for example, whittling down their wardrobe options. There is undoubtedly much we can learn from these overachievers and Zahariades should be commended for deftly including them in this volume. While a book like this almost certainly will not elevate you instantaneously to their level, even adopting one or two of its suggestions should go a long way in bringing you closer and for that, I enthusiastically and unreservedly recommend “How To Make Better Decisions: 14 Smart Tactics for Curbing Your Biases, Managing Your Emotions, and Making Fearless Decisions in Every Area of Your Life!”
This book simply and easily addresses the question: how can you make better decisions. While touching on the psychology, it is very much a user's manual. Quite a number of exercises for the reader to get a sense for how to implement the techniques and, above all, approachable for pretty much anyone. The ideas here are applicable if you run a company, or just want to be more effective in manage the silly, incidental decisions in life.
sure I could be objective to readers. Why? I have read so many
similar books in the past, that the books are more of a review
This time, I am not sure that I have ever read a book that covers
all of the info in this book. What I can say, is that all of this
author's books are truly easy to read and to digest, so that you
can put things into practice..
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They should teach this stuff in school. I wish I'd read a book like this years ago. Love it.