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4.0 von 5 Sternen An accessible and practical guide to making smart decisions.
When I saw this book advertised I was stuck wrestling with a major career change decision. I had been worrying about making the right decision literally for months, as my whole future seemed to be at stake. I worked right through the book in a few days and came out with a range of options with which I am happy. Most importantly, I have greatly increased my confidence...
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Typical-american guide. As for me (not american): too many repetitions. I've bought it only because of the famous names on the cover, but it appeared a bad hit.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An accessible and practical guide to making smart decisions., 11. November 1998
Von Ein Kunde
When I saw this book advertised I was stuck wrestling with a major career change decision. I had been worrying about making the right decision literally for months, as my whole future seemed to be at stake. I worked right through the book in a few days and came out with a range of options with which I am happy. Most importantly, I have greatly increased my confidence in my decision and am better able to articulate my reasoning. This confidence will help me come across well in interviews and improve my chances of getting the right job. I feel relaxed about moving to the next set of decisions- which company to work for.
I found this book accessible, practical and useful. Most impressive was its holistic approach to decision-making, ranging from solid theory (clearly presented with realistic examples you can relate to), through practical tips (like "remember that your decision cannot be better than your best alternative") to a well-presented chapter on psychological traps to which people often fall victim. You will recognize many of these from your experience at work.
The first five chapters should be readily understandable by anyone. The next four ("Tradeoffs", "Uncertainty", "Risk Tolerance" and "Linked Decisions") are more complex. Although the topics are explained in a prose style (with realistic examples) the material is unquestionably heavier going and requires careful study, particularly for someone who hasn't been exposed to decision trees and probability and statistics. I believe that anyone with some high school math will be OK- just be prepared to put your thinking hat on. It's worth the effort.
After reading this book you will have a toolkit that you can carry around with you to improve my decision-making. In the office, these techniques should help you work with your bosses and colleagues to reach better decisions and avoid some mistakes. In your life as a whole, you should make smarter decisions and be happier as a result.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Invaluable Tool In This Age of Information, 19. Mai 2000
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As valuable as information is, it is surprising that so little thought goes into the application of information. The authors of this book delve into the science of decision making to offer several comprehensive models with helpful explanations and illustrations. It reads very simply, which was a turnoff for some of my friends, but the end result is a valuable education in one of the most important aspects of our lives. The material in here will be original unless you've already studied the art/science of decision making, and it is not material that is intuitive, or 'common sense'. Following the advice in this book, I quit my job with nothing lined up one year ago, and it was one of the better career moves I've made.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Practices for Personal Decision Making, 12. April 2000
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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I was taught all of the techniques described in this book in their most complex form. I loved the ideas when I first learned them, and have used them with great success for the last 30 years. Professor Raiffa is someone I admire greatly, as a result. I was delighted to find that this book addresses these complex tools in their simplest possible form, and applies the lessons to everyday living (especially the most important financial decisions that most people have to make like buying a home). A strength of this book is in the many detailed examples of personal decisions that are used to explain the authors' concepts. I immediately bought copies for everyone in my family as a way to help coach them in how to have more effective lives. You should do the same. I also suggest that you use the book as a model the next time that an important decision comes up that your whole family should participate in, such as whether to take a new job in a different state. This will not only help you develop better choices, but it will greatly improve the communications in your family about the decision, overcoming stalled thinking that could otherwise harm your family. I strongly hope that the authors will write a similarly simple version for business people, that applies these concepts to important business decisions. I know a few hundred people to whom I would like to give such a book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen SUPERB BOOK FOR PERSONAL (NOT BUSINESS) DECISION-MAKING, 15. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I think this is a great book, but I disagree that it is a primary tool for executives as the last reviewer suggests. The examples deal very well with the personal parts of an executive's life, such as buying a home, allocating family resources, and so forth. Although the concepts in this book could be applied to business situations, I think most readers would have a terrible problem doing so in the absence of business examples. My experience has been that people need to see examples and problems to work through that are closely related to their own situation before they can easily get the message. I hope the authors do decide to write another book on the same subject that is filled with business examples. In the meantime, this one is great for your family and your personal life. Better questions with pertinent business examples can be used to make people consider their assumptions and ordinary thinking habits. I try to always use that approach in my writing and consulting. Otherwise, your progress will "stall" as you are held back by bad thinking habits that keep you from seeing the full potential of the circumstances of your business life. I hope you will read this book, and carry away from it the imporance of improving your thinking.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Simple Explanation of Good Decision-Making Processes, 27. Januar 1999
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I am a corporate strategy consultant and an author of business books and articles. As a young man, I was taught all of the techniques described in this book in their most complex form. I loved the ideas, and have used them with great success for the last 30 years. Professor Raiffa is someone I admire greatly, as a result. I was delighted to find that this book addresses these complex tools in their simplest possible form, and applies the lessons to everyday living (especially the most important decisions that most people have to make). I immediately bought copies for everyone in my family as a way to help coach them in how to have more effective lives. You should do the same. I also suggest that you use the book as a model the next time that an important decision comes up that your whole family should participate in. This will not only help you develop better choices, but it will greatly improve the communications in your family about the decision. I strongly hope that the authors will write a similarly simple version for business people. I know a few hundred people to whom I would like to give such a book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE guide to decision-making, 12. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
When I started reading this book, I was bored and disappointed with the examples. The process of decision making -- problem, objectives, alternatives, consequences, and tradeoffs -- seemed obvious. And the examples were silly: Should John and Jane Doe buy a house? I wasn't interested, but when I continued reading, some parts, such as the chapters about risk and uncertainty, grasped me. I also found that just enumerating the decision making process made it a lot easier. The PrOACT solution is very intelligent. Even if you've never heard of decision theory, you use the system. By quantifying it and understanding how you make decisions, you'll naturally become a better decision maker. You'll know that there are alternatives to eating the whole cheesecake, or what the real reason you're putting off that assignment is. I run a website, called the Wall Street Wizard, [...] and it's helped me craft a better, more perceptive site because of my decisions on a daily basis. And it can help you. One of the best decisions you'll make is to buy this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A useful guide for systematic decision-making, 29. Januar 2000
Von Ein Kunde
This is an excellent book. The title may make this appear to be one of the too-numerous mass-market books which claim to offer advice on business and personal decision-making but actually offer lots of specific admonitions which are based on values which the reader may not share (example: anything by Steven Covey). This book, however, doesn't try to sell you any of the the authors' values; instead it teaches you an effective process that you can use to analyze any decision-making situation and make the choices which are most effective for achieving your objectives, whatever they may be. The book treats the subject in the same systematic way that it might be treated in an academic decision theory text, only it is written in plain language which can be read quickly and easily comprehended by the general reader. It finishes with a summary outline (they call it a "roadmap") which is a useful quick reference.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great guide to making better decisions., 19. Oktober 1998
What an exciting surprise. Three renowned leaders in Decision Analysis have offered up decision-making that works everyday for everybody. Smart Choices is so much more than I expected because it is so much less. Not only have Hammond, Keeney, and Raiffa have removed the complex mathematics, but they have also excised the academic prose. Unfortunately, in the process they have removed most of the footnotes and references, and curiously have replaced the index with an outline called "A Roadmap to Smart Choices". I'd like the index back, if you please. Nevertheless, this book is first-rate. The chapter entitled "Tradeoffs", which appeared earlier in The Harvard Business Review, is destined to become a classic. Also, the chapter on risk tolerance is superb. Buy this book. Then use it. You'll be pleased with your newfound ability to tackle tough problems.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's easy to make good decisions, 26. Dezember 1998
Von Ein Kunde
A good decision I made in the last weeks? I think to buy this book was a good choice. It offers of course not the answers to all your questions in life but a good and systematical way to make decisions. There's a special approach in this book called "PROACT" and this means that you have to define your problem and objectives, look for alternatives, describe the consequences and deal with tradeoffs. All this is written in a clearly language and easy to read but with academic background. After all the logical things about decisions the authors show you all the psychological traps when you make a choice. Sometimes your brain is looking for easy and quick solutions. But that's not always the best alternative. So read this book and be surprised how easy it is to make good decisions.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly recommend this book for executives, 11. Februar 1999
As an executive I am faced with making key decisions almost every day. In many complex decisions there is almost always conflict between logical analysis vs. intuitive processing while there is a shortage of perfect information and time. Smart Decisions lays out a simple, clear and practical framework and process for decision making. Although many of the concepts are not novel, the power is that the book links various tools and technigues as discrete decision making steps. Each step builds on the next. They greatly enhance the concepts through many practical examples for making business and personal decisions. I highly recommend this book!
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