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Learn all you need to know about making effective decisions, from defining objectives to developing fail-safe strategies. Making Decisions shows you how to reassess your own decision-making skills and oversee the resolutions made by others, plus it provides practical techniques for you to try when making decisions. Power tips help you handle real-life situations and develop the ...
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Learn all you need to know about making effective decisions, from defining objectives to developing fail-safe strategies. Making Decisions shows you how to reassess your own decision-making skills and oversee the resolutions made by others, plus it provides practical techniques for you to try when making decisions. Power tips help you handle real-life situations and develop the first-class decision-making skills that are the key to a productive and informed workplace.
The Essential Manager have sold more than 1.9 million copies worldwide! Experienced and novice managers alike can benefit from these compact guides that slip easily into a briefcase or a portfolio. The topics are relevant to every work environment, from large corporations to small businesses. Concise treatments of dozens of business techniques, skills, methods, and problems are presented with hundreds of photos, charts, and diagrams. It is the most exciting and accessible approach to business and self-improvement available.
Advice that can be applied to just about any decision-making situation. (Los Angeles Daily News)
Author Biography: Robert Heller is a leading authority on management consulting. He was the founding editor of Management Today, and as editorial director of Haymarket Publishing Group, he supervised the launch of a number of highly successful magazines including Campaign and Computing. He is founder of the Working Words, a consulting firm specializing in business communications. He has been a contributor experienced and novice managers alike will be relevant to every work environment, from large corporations to small businesses.
Posted April 5, 2001
Decision making should vary enormously in how much time is invested in it, from issue to issue. Studies have shown that relatively few decisions account for almost all of the benefit that an organization gets from choosing better paths. In this brief guide, the issue of which decisions to focus on receives far too little attention. The template given is one that would be used for pretty heavy duty issues, but short of the most important ones. As a result, most people will not get the guidance they need to make the right kind of decisions for the day-to-day, less important matters. To its credit, the book emphasizes the benefits of keeping lots of people involved in examining problems, looking for solutions, and commenting on the decisions while they are in process. The book has a number of flaws that I found annoying. First, there are few examples. And the examples that are included are printed in small thin blue type on a yellow background. I practically needed a magnifying glass to read them. Second, the sequencing of the issues to address in a decision seemed to be out of order. For example, gathering information is mid process. For many decisions, gathering a little information will resolve the whole issue. You may only need to run a small experiment, or take a measurement to know the answer. Third, the text was confusing and apparently contradictory. In some places, top-down meant authoritarian and not delegating. In other places, top-down meant delegating. Fourth, although sophisticated techniques like scenario building are included, they are misdescribed. The purpose of multiple scenarios is to identify the paths that leave you better off regardless of the environment you encounter. See The Art of the Long View for more on that topic. Frankly, I was disappointed in this book. It is not up to the usual high DK standard. If you have had no introduction to how to structure decisions, you will definitely be helped by it. There is a shortage of simple decision-making books for business people, so I cannot suggest an alternative. After you finish this book, I suggest that you think about great business decisions that you have seen made. Can you identify the steps that preceded the decision? When would those steps be relevant in your work? If you want to read about better decision-making in your personal life, I strongly recommend Smart Choices. That is a remarkably goodWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.