Art of Being Well Informed: What You Need to Know to Gain the Winning Edge in Business

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Too many times, key business decisions are based on insufficient facts, inaccurate data, or just plain guesswork. In today's competitive world, how many wrong decisions can you afford to make? Getting the right information when you need it can literally make the difference between success and failure. In this updated edition of his landmark book, information expert Andrew Garvin reveals the secrets to becoming the kind of person who can acquire valuable information quickly, easily, and economically. He tells you ...
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Overview

Too many times, key business decisions are based on insufficient facts, inaccurate data, or just plain guesswork. In today's competitive world, how many wrong decisions can you afford to make? Getting the right information when you need it can literally make the difference between success and failure. In this updated edition of his landmark book, information expert Andrew Garvin reveals the secrets to becoming the kind of person who can acquire valuable information quickly, easily, and economically. He tells you how to raise your "information consciousness" so you can ask the right answers. He provides all the "how-to" basics to help you identify the most useful data within the multitude of sources available today - including the Internet - and then to manage it in an organized, focused manner. In clear, straightforward language, Garvin explains how to put the most powerful tool available - information - to work for you in your business and career. The next time you have to make a decision, develop a strategy, or write a report, don't rely on assumptions. Use the power of knowledge to give yourself the winning edge. Let The Art of Being Well Informed be your guide to success.
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``Information consciousness,'' according to Garvin, is realizing what information you need to make effective business decisions and knowing where to find it. President of a consulting firm, Garvin provides cogent reasons for gathering current, accurate information, including examples of real-life situations in which such information made the difference between success and failure. Garvin describes the sources of information available, such as online databases, CD-ROMs, books, and specialists. He also assesses the quality as well as the approximate cost of each type of service. Appendixes offer additional lists of resources. This how-to book is well organized and complete and would be of interest to anyone in business whose information needs dictate having an in-house service.-- Nancy Myers, Univ. of South Dakota Lib., Vermillion
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  • ISBN-13: 9780895295767
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/1993
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction 1
1 The New Key to Success 9
2 Never Assume Anything 15
3 Translating Your Problems Into Questions 23
4 The Price and Value of Information 37
5 How to Judge the Quality of the Information You Get 49
6 Welcome to the Age of Information 63
7 What Computer Databases Can Do For You 77
8 The Internet 125
9 A Prescription for Information Paralysis 147
10 Creating Your Own Information-Finding System 171
11 Putting It All Together 181
Conclusion 195
Appendix I Key "Sources of Sources" 197
Appendix II Directories of Databases and Online Services 203
Appendix III The Best Business Research Web Sites 211
Appendix IV Information-Finding Companies 217
Appendix V How-To Books and Guides 219
Appendix VI Guides to Organizing an Information-Finding System 223
Appendix VII A Generalist's Source List 225
About the Authors 231
Index 233
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