Decide Better! For a Better Life [NOOK Book]

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The decisions you make shape your life. Decide Better! For a Better Life is a nationally acclaimed book developed to help everyone improve their decision-making skills. Written by bestselling author and decision guru Michael McGrath, each entertaining chapter is filled with inspiring words of wisdom and proven techniques that can be used immediately to improve decisions in all aspects of life.

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Overview

The decisions you make shape your life. Decide Better! For a Better Life is a nationally acclaimed book developed to help everyone improve their decision-making skills. Written by bestselling author and decision guru Michael McGrath, each entertaining chapter is filled with inspiring words of wisdom and proven techniques that can be used immediately to improve decisions in all aspects of life.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000886205
  • Publisher: Michael E. McGrath
  • Publication date: 5/17/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 61,542
  • File size: 1,024 KB

Meet the Author

Michael E. McGrath, referred to by many as America’s Decision Guru, is the author of recently released Business Decisions! - How to Be More Decisive in Today’s Economy, which has received much acclaim. Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo said, “I’ve learned a lot of new lessons from Business Decisions!, and I’m sure everyone else will too.”


Michael is also the bestselling author of Product Strategy for High-Technology Companies and creator of the popular Decide Better! decision-making series which offers numerous resources including two other books to help people make better decisions. Decide Better! For a Better Life (2008) helps individuals and families with daily, short-term, and long-term decisions. Decide Better! For College (2009) won the prestigious Disney iParenting Award for its practical advice to high school and college students.


He is an experienced consultant, executive, entrepreneur, author and father who has studied and applied decision-making for more than 25 years. With Decide Better!, he brings that experience to others through books, seminars, trainings, web-based lessons and other media. Michael has been a well-known business consultant for 25 years, teaching decision-making techniques and processes to executives in some of the world’s largest companies.


Michael is currently the executive chairman of Thomas Group (TGI). As CEO he led the turnaround at i2 Technologies (ITWO) from 2005-2007, and he was formally chairman of the board of Entrust (ENTU). Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of PRTM, one of the most successful consulting firms in the world. He also serves on the boards of a hospital, a college, and Aidmatrix (disaster relief in Haiti).


With his top reputation and track record for being able to make tough, strategic decisions in the corporate world, Michael is highly sought after for his insight and opinions. He is frequently featured on television (CNBC, FOX Business, ABC, and CNN) and has done more than 100 interviews as an expert in business and decision making. His advice has appeared in many publications, including The Washington Times-Tribune, Bloomberg, Investors’ Business Daily, Industry Week, and more.


Michael has a B.S. in computer science from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xii
Frog in Boiling Water     1
Decision-Maker in Your Pocket     5
At Knifepoint     8
Yankee Gift Swap     11
Decision Deadlines     15
I've Been Framed     18
Experience Counts     22
Of Two Minds     25
Hobson's Choice     28
Personality Type     32
The Two-Step     36
Batting Average     40
Changing Lanes     44
Checkmate     48
See If It Fits     52
Against All Odds     56
Lost at Sea     59
When Consensus Works     63
Indecision Married with a Lack of Vision     67
Unintended Consequences     71
Good Money After Bad     75
Nowor Never     78
Ucant Havit     81
Executing Socrates     84
Community Decisions     87
Don't Listen     90
Throwing Caution to the Wind     94
Crossing My Path     97
When You Get to a Fork in the Road, Take It!     101
Decision-Proof     104
Que Sera Sera     107
Closed-Minded People     110
Finding a Labradoodle     113
Does Your Vote Count as Much as Others?     116
The Grass Isn't Greener     119
Deceptively Simple     122
Stand or Sit     126
Split-Second Decisions     130
Stuck in a Rut     135
Long and Hard     140
Procrastination     143
Indecision     147
Deal or No Deal     152
Frontal Lobes     157
Prisoner's Dilemma     160
Don't Count Your Chickens     164
Conundrum     167
Buyer's Remorse     171
Hedging Your Bet     175
Milk or Cream     178
The Getaway     182
Ben Franklin's Letter     184
Here's How     189
Clear Objectives     194
Generating Alternatives     199
Evaluating Alternatives     204
Weighing Your Options     209
Stick to It     214
Decision Autopsy     217
The Dog Ate My Homework     221
The Decider     225
The Lady or the Tiger?      229
Catch-22     232
Double Black Diamond     235
The Chicken or the Egg     239
It's Personal, Not Rational     243
Once in a Blue Moon     247
Rube Goldberg Decisions     251
Matters of Principle     255
The Butterfly Effect     258
Achilles' Heel     261
Strategic Decisions     265
The White Elephant     269
Don't Push Me     273
Provoke Decisions     277
Size Matters     281
Flying by the Seat of Your Pants     285
Step by Step     290
Chain Reaction     294
Intuition     297
The Duel     301
Somebody's Got to Do Something     304
Timing Is Everything     307
Running with Lemmings     311
The Challenger     315
Assumptions     319
Bold Moves     324
Forest for the Trees     328
Just Do It     332
DecideBetter!     336
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2010

    What a great surprise

    This book is a gem of helpful info in the most organized style. Pick any chapter, and it can stand alone. I did this, and then read the whole thing. If you are facing any decision, there is a method out of the quandry. Thanks, McGrath, a former librarian.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Excellent and Worthwhile Read

    Often we believe we know how to make decisions. McGrath presents awesome guidance applicable to personal and business life. It is a big read but absolutely worthwhile and life altering. Dedicate yourself, time and energy to decide better...to live better.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    4.5 stars...

    I have only read part of this book, as I am reading straight through in order; I am throughly enjoying DecideBetter! The overall language and tone is relaxed and down to Earth. I am certain these lessons will come in handy. Certainly reccommend. -Steph

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Better Decisions

    If anyone needs help as to the BEST way to come to a decission on any situation in their lives ......You will find this book full of helpful ways to achieve your goal. GREAT READ!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Nice.

    Awesome. I cannot tell you how much it has helped me.

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