The best 100 Decision-Making books

Decision-making is a vital aspect of everyday life, influencing our choices and shaping our outcomes. Our curated book list on Decision-Making offers valuable insights into the process, helping unravel the complexities of choices we face daily.

Delve into these enlightening reads to enhance your decision-making skills. Ready to make informed choices and navigate life's crossroads with confidence? Start exploring now!

The best 100 Decision-Making books
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Decision-Making Books: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink

Malcolm Gladwell
The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
4.0 (637 ratings)
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What's Blink about?

Blink examines the phenomenon of snap judgments, meaning the split-second decisions we make unconsciously. These snap judgments are important decision-making tools, but can also lead to bad choices and all manner of problems. Blink explains how we can best make use of them.

Who should read Blink?

  • Anyone interested in intuition and decision-making
  • Anyone interested in ridding themselves of their prejudices and stereotypes
  • Anyone who wants to know when to trust their intuition

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Decision-Making Books: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Predictably Irrational

Dan Ariely
The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
4.5 (416 ratings)
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What's Predictably Irrational about?

Predictably Irrational (2010) explains the fundamentally irrational ways we behave every day. Why do we decide to diet and then give it up as soon as we see a tasty dessert? Why would your mother be offended if you tried to pay her for a Sunday meal she lovingly prepared? Why is pain medication more effective when the patient thinks it is more expensive? The reasons and remedies for these and other irrationalities are explored and explained with studies and anecdotes.

Who should read Predictably Irrational?

  • Anyone who wants to understand why we indulge in irrational behaviors like procrastination, overeating and overpaying, and how we can avoid this
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to counter their innate irrationality and make better decisions
  • Anyone interested in social psychology and people’s decision-making behavior in general

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Decision-Making Books: Nudge by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

Nudge

Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness
4.1 (503 ratings)
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What's Nudge about?

The message of Nudge is to show us how we can be encouraged, with just a slight nudge or two, to make better decisions. The book starts by explaining the reasons for wrong decisions we make in everyday life.

Who should read Nudge?

  • Anyone who wants to live a healthier, more disciplined life
  • Anyone interested in how countries and companies can influence people’s decisions

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Decision-Making Books: Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath

Decisive

Chip and Dan Heath
How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
4.5 (268 ratings)
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What's Decisive about?

The book identifies the main issues that typically stand in the way of decision making: a narrow view on our problems, short-term emotions, and overconfidence when it comes to predicting the future. It gives knowledgeable insight into how our decisions are formed and how to avoid making bad ones.

Who should read Decisive?

  • Anyone interested in the process of decision making
  • Anyone that has to make reliable decisions everyday
  • Anyone who is repeatedly revisiting past decisions

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Decision-Making Books: The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

The Paradox of Choice

Barry Schwartz
Why More Is Less
4.6 (392 ratings)
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What's The Paradox of Choice about?

The abundance of choice that modern society presents us with is commonly believed to result in better options and greater satisfaction. However, author Barry Schwartz argues that too many choices can be detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. Through arguments based on current research in the social sciences, he demonstrates how more might actually be less.

Who should read The Paradox of Choice?

  • Anyone interested in why making decisions can be so difficult
  • Anyone who wants to learn about the consequences of being faced with many choices

 

 


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Decision-Making Books: Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan

Why We Make Mistakes

Joseph T. Hallinan
How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average
4.3 (65 ratings)
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What's Why We Make Mistakes about?

Why We Make Mistakes is about the kinds of mistakes we commonly make, and the reasons behind them. With a broad focus encompassing neuroscience, psychology and economics, the book provides convincing explanations for our often fallible perception, our inability to recall simple data and the many biases that direct our decision making without us being aware.

Who should read Why We Make Mistakes?

  • Anyone eager to understand the mechanisms behind human error
  • Anyone who always wonders why they never find mistakes in their own work
  • Anyone who wants to know why they can’t seem to remember names, PINs or their own password

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Decision-Making Books: First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill

First Things First

Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy
4.6 (769 ratings)
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What's First Things First about?

This title provides you with valuable insights and guidelines that will help you focus your life on the things that are truly the most meaningful. You’ll learn how to set your priorities, make the best decisions, and develop a keen vision for the future. If you’re looking to create positive change in your life, this book is a great place to start!

Who should read First Things First?

  • Anyone who feels a lack of inner peace, balance or meaning in life
  • Anyone who wants to use his or her time more effectively
  • Anyone who has a hard time making big decisions
  • Anyone who wants to improve the quality of his or her life

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Decision-Making Books: Risk Savvy by Gerd Gigerenzer

Risk Savvy

Gerd Gigerenzer
How To Make Good Decisions
3.7 (69 ratings)
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What's Risk Savvy about?

Risk Savvy is an exploration into the way we misunderstand risk and uncertainty, often at great expense to our health, finances and relationships. However, if we better understand risk, we can develop the tools necessary to navigate this highly complex world without having to become an “expert in everything.”

Who should read Risk Savvy?

  • Anyone whose decisions greatly affect others
  • People involved in the finance industry
  • Anyone who wants to make better decisions in their lives

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Decision-Making Books: The Hour Between Dog and Wolf by John Coates

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf

John Coates
How Risk-Taking Transforms Us, Body and Mind
4.2 (81 ratings)
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What's The Hour Between Dog and Wolf about?

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf is an illuminating look at the influence of human physiology on the thinking and behavior of stock market traders. The author, inspired by his experiences on the trading floor, investigates the hormonal basis of financial decision making, and demonstrates the way in which the body’s mechanisms can destabilize our financial markets. The book also explains what can be done to reduce the detrimental effects of our biology on the market, and even how we can use this knowledge to our financial advantage.

Who should read The Hour Between Dog and Wolf?

  • Anyone who is curious about the relationship between biology and stock trading
  • Anyone who is interested in how people think with their bodies
  • Anyone wondering how bubbles can form in the stock market

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Decision-Making Books: The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel

The Marshmallow Test

Walter Mischel
Mastering Self-Control
4.5 (81 ratings)
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What's The Marshmallow Test about?

The Marshmallow Test explains why being able to delay gratification and exercise our self-control is essential for living a successful life. Using insights gained from several psychological studies, it explains how exactly our self-control skills function, and what we can do to improve them.

Who should read The Marshmallow Test?

  • Anyone who wants to improve his or her self-control
  • Anyone interested in psychology
  • Anyone hoping to help children develop good self-control skills, especially parents

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Decision-Making Books: Super Crunchers by Ian Ayres

Super Crunchers

Ian Ayres
Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to be Smart
3.6 (26 ratings)
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What's Super Crunchers about?

From building a wine cellar to finding your happily ever after, modern life is increasingly ruled by number crunching and algorithms. Super Crunchers (2007) is about the sheer power of the large data sets that are fed into algorithms and the way they’re revolutionizing our businesses, medical treatment and even our governments.

Who should read Super Crunchers?

  • Anyone interested in the power of statistics
  • Computer and math nerds
  • Business owners, politicians and baseball coaches

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Decision-Making Books: The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

The Desire Map

Danielle LaPorte
A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul
3.8 (67 ratings)
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What's The Desire Map about?

The Desire Map (2014) is your guide to harnessing the positive power of desire. From fostering creativity to providing motivation for you to chase your goals, desire with a healthy dose of self-awareness can help you on your way to fulfillment.

Who should read The Desire Map?

  • Women and men who feel sad or unfulfilled in their lives
  • Teenagers or anyone trying to find his or her place in the universe

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Decision-Making Books: The Leading Brain by Friederike Fabritius & Hans W. Hagemann

The Leading Brain

Friederike Fabritius & Hans W. Hagemann
Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance
4.2 (94 ratings)
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What's The Leading Brain about?

The Leading Brain (2017) dismisses the trends and gimmicks surrounding productivity in favor of hard science about how the brain really works in the everyday stress of a nine-to-five job. There is plenty of research and scientific data on how to create productive habits, build the perfect team and keep staff working at their best.

Who should read The Leading Brain?

  • Psychology students
  • Managers and supervisors looking to improve their leadership skills
  • Readers interested in self-improvement

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Decision-Making Books: The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman

The Next Right Thing

Emily P. Freeman
A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions
4.1 (135 ratings)
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What's The Next Right Thing about?

The Next Right Thing (2019) takes a fresh look at common decision-making wisdom. Drawing upon personal anecdotes as well as stories from the Bible, these blinks offer soulful advice to guide you through decision fatigue or chronic hesitation so that you can find your next right thing.

Who should read The Next Right Thing?

  • Christians interested in finding spiritual guidance
  • Recent graduates or people going through a time of transition
  • Ditherers looking to become more decisive

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Decision-Making Books: The Great Mental Models by Shane Parrish and Rhiannon Beaubien

The Great Mental Models

Shane Parrish and Rhiannon Beaubien
General Thinking Concepts
4.4 (456 ratings)
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What's The Great Mental Models about?

The Great Mental Models (2019) provides a crash course on how to upgrade your thinking and decision making. Drawing from a wide variety of disciplines, it will equip you with nine of the most essential tools for understanding and navigating the complicated world around you.

Who should read The Great Mental Models?

  • Decision makers
  • Analysts
  • Anyone who wants to give their thinking an edge

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Decision-Making Books: How to Decide by Annie Duke

How to Decide

Annie Duke
Simple Tools for Making Better Choices
4.4 (334 ratings)
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What's How to Decide about?

How to Decide (2020) investigates the way we make decisions, as well as common types of bias and faulty techniques that afflict them. It teaches you how to identify different types of decisions, and then design practical processes to help slow down or speed up the deliberation process accordingly.

Who should read How to Decide?

  • Anyone interested in decision-making strategies
  • People who like psychology
  • Business managers who make big decisions regularly

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Decision-Making Books: Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley

Honeybee Democracy

Thomas D. Seeley
4.5 (63 ratings)
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What's Honeybee Democracy about?

Honeybee Democracy (2010) traces the fascinating story of how bees decide where to build their new hive. Using highly evolved skills, like independent research and community debate, the bees’ deeply democratic decision-making process is a model we can all learn from. 

Who should read Honeybee Democracy?

  • Popular science enthusiasts with a fondness for insects
  • Politics buffs who want to learn about democratic systems
  • Anyone and everyone who thinks bees are cool

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Decision-Making Books: The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson

The Self-Driven Child

William Stixrud and Ned Johnson
The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
4.4 (288 ratings)
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What's The Self-Driven Child about?

The Self-Driven Child (2018) shows us how our instinct to control our children’s lives can result in stressed-out, uncooperative, and poorly motivated kids. Instead, the book argues, we should try to help our children come to informed decisions themselves – and trust them to make the big calls. 

Who should read The Self-Driven Child?

  • Parents of stressed, overworked kids
  • Child psychologists and pediatricians
  • Anyone interested in the complex dynamics between parent and child

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Decision-Making Books: No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

No Rules Rules

Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer
Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention
4.6 (461 ratings)
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What's No Rules Rules about?

No Rules Rules (2020) sets out the principles of Netflix’s unique company culture, based on employee freedom and responsibility, and optimized for maximum innovation. In doing so, it charts the incredible journey of Netflix, a start-up fairytale.

Who should read No Rules Rules?

  • Anyone who works at a start-up
  • Fans of the film The Social Network
  • Those who are wary of Silicon Valley’s increasing dominance

 


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Decision-Making Books: One Decision by Mike Bayer

One Decision

Mike Bayer
The First Step to a Better Life
4.4 (248 ratings)
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What's One Decision about?

One Decision (2020) is a guide to understanding the various thinking patterns that determine whether we see obstacles or opportunities. It breaks down why we often base decisions on the bleak outlook created by rigidity and confusion and provides practical tools for fostering an opportunity mindset and making life-changing decisions.

Who should read One Decision?

  • People who feel overwhelmed by obstacles
  • Those who are stuck in a cycle of bad decisions
  • Anyone who wants to create a better life

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Decision-Making Books: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

The Slight Edge

Jeff Olson
Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
4.6 (353 ratings)
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What's The Slight Edge about?

What’s it about?

The Slight Edge (2005) explores the power of all the small choices we make every day. Far from being insignificant, they are a step in our journey toward success or failure.

Who should read The Slight Edge?

Who’s it for?

  • Individuals wanting to achieve success in life
  • People trying to develop new habits or stop bad ones
  • Entrepreneurs who want to build successful businesses

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Decision-Making Books: You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake!  by Olivier Sibony

You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake!

Olivier Sibony
How Biases Distort Decision-Making – and What You Can Do To Fight Them
4.2 (114 ratings)
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What's You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake! about?

You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake! (2020) deals with the negative but often predictable effects that cognitive biases have on high-stakes decisions. Far from claiming that biases can be eliminated altogether, it demonstrates how every decision is colored by bias and outlines specific techniques that’ll help you make more rational, fact-based business decisions.

Who should read You’re About to Make a Terrible Mistake! ?

  • Businesspeople who have to make frequent decisions
  • Anyone interested in business strategy and behavioral economics
  • Fans of Daniel Kahneman or Malcolm Gladwell

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Decision-Making Books: Wiser by Dilip Jeste with Scott LaFee

Wiser

Dilip Jeste with Scott LaFee
The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good
4.7 (100 ratings)
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What's Wiser about?

Wiser (2020) combines a scientific approach to wisdom with practical tips on how to grow wiser today. Drawing on decades of research and cutting-edge studies, it pairs explanation and advice in its investigation of compassion, aging, decision-making, and more.

Who should read Wiser?

  • Busy twenty-first-century folk hungry for old-fashioned wisdom
  • Amateur scientists interested in discovering more about the brain
  • People who want to get wise before they get old

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Decision-Making Books: Noise by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass R. Sunstein

Noise

Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass R. Sunstein
A Flaw in Human Judgment
4.4 (798 ratings)
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What's Noise about?

Noise (2021) is an exploration into the chaotic and costly role that randomness plays in human judgment. By uncovering the mechanisms behind how our minds and societies work, the authors show how noise – unwanted variability in decisions – is both inescapable and elusive. We can, however, with a few solid strategies, make our judgments less noisy and our world fairer.

Who should read Noise?

  • Behavioral economists, psychologists, CEOs, and students
  • Anyone interested in how we make judgments and how those judgments shape society
  • Anyone who cares about accuracy and fairness

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Decision-Making Books: The Scout Mindset by Julia Galef

The Scout Mindset

Julia Galef
Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't
4.6 (617 ratings)
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What's The Scout Mindset about?

The Scout Mindset (2021) explores two very different mindsets: that of the soldier and that of the scout. It explains that most of us have a soldier mindset – we cling to our beliefs and often ignore evidence that might prove us wrong. But we can all learn to be scouts, seeking out truth and improving our “map” of the world.

Who should read The Scout Mindset?

  • Anyone who wants to overcome their inherent biases
  • People who want to learn how to be wrong
  • Truth seekers

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Decision-Making Books: Rationality by Steven Pinker

Rationality

Steven Pinker
What It Is, Why It's Scarce, and How to Get More
4.2 (412 ratings)
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What's Rationality about?

Rationality (2021) explores the faculty that sets us apart from other species: reason. The ability to think rationally drives individual and social progress. It allows us to attain our goals and create a fairer world. But rationality isn’t just something we do as individuals – it also sustains our best institutions.

Who should read Rationality?

  • Would-be rationalists
  • Philosophical thinkers
  • Anyone who loves big ideas

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Decision-Making Books: You Are What You Risk by Michele Wucker

You Are What You Risk

Michele Wucker
The New Art and Science of Navigating an Uncertain World
3.9 (227 ratings)
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What's You Are What You Risk about?

You Are What You Risk (2021) explains how your relationship with risk defines your life in a unique way. Countless factors influence both how you perceive risk and how you respond to it.

Who should read You Are What You Risk?

  • People searching for new ways to make decisions
  • Economists looking to better understand risk
  • Thrill-seekers and scaredy-cats wondering why they are how they are

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Decision-Making Books: Lessons from the Titans by Scott Davis

Lessons from the Titans

Scott Davis
What Companies in the New Economy Can Learn from the Great Industrial Giants to Drive Sustainable Success
4.2 (47 ratings)
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What's Lessons from the Titans about?

Lessons from the Titans (2020) tells the stories of ten industrial companies in the United States. From General Electric to Boeing, Honeywell to United Rentals, it looks at which strategic decisions led to success and which disastrous missteps created new obstacles. By analyzing the past performance of such legendary businesses, it offers greater insight into which companies today will stick around – and which won’t. 

Who should read Lessons from the Titans?

  • Business gurus fascinated by economic shifts
  • Entrepreneurs looking to future-proof their companies
  • Economists curious about market shifts

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Decision-Making Books: Framers by Kenneth Cukier, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Francis de Véricourt

Framers

Kenneth Cukier, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Francis de Véricourt
Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil
4.1 (65 ratings)
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What's Framers about?

Framers (2021) takes a bird’s eye view of the issues facing our world today, from pandemics to political polarization, and presents a visionary solution. That solution lies with framing –⁠ the conscious or unconscious act of viewing the world through a particular lens. By recognizing and rethinking the frames we use, we can optimize our attitudes toward the world and give ourselves a leg up in the face of major social, economic, and scientific challenges.

Who should read Framers?

  • Abstract thinkers concerned about global issues
  • Decision-makers who tend to over-rely on their gut instincts
  • Innovators struggling to bring their vision into reality

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Decision-Making Books: Dream Big by Bob Goff

Dream Big

Bob Goff
Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You're Going to Do About It
4.5 (260 ratings)
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What's Dream Big about?

Dream Big (2020) shows us how we can reconnect with our dreams and turn them into reality. Rather than a life half-lived, Dream Big encourages us to dig into our deepest motivations, face our obstacles, and make plans for our most cherished ambitions.

Who should read Dream Big?

  • Anyone looking to reconnect with their dreams
  • People in the wrong career, wrong relationship, or wrong life
  • Those in need of the courage to start again

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Decision-Making Books: Read the Face by Eric Standop with Elisa Petrini

Read the Face

Eric Standop with Elisa Petrini
Face Reading for Success in Your Career, Relationships, and Health
3.4 (187 ratings)
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What's Read the Face about?

Read the Face (2021) is a beginner’s guide to the millennia-old art and science of physiognomy, or face reading. It provides a brief history of the practice, outlines techniques and methods, and includes insightful case studies.

Who should read Read the Face?

  • Anyone curious about physiognomy
  • People eager to understand themselves and others better
  • Couples interested in finding out about love compatibility

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Decision-Making Books: Strategic Kaizen™ by Masaaki Imai

Strategic Kaizen™

Masaaki Imai
Using Flow, Synchronization, and Leveling Assessment to Measure and Strengthen Operational Performance
4.4 (89 ratings)
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What's Strategic Kaizen™ about?

Strategic Kaizen (2021) examines the principles and practices of corporations that have embraced lean thinking – a paired-down, customer-oriented production process pioneered in postwar Japan. Also known as the Toyota Production System, this managerial philosophy is all about maximizing efficiency and reducing waste by making many small changes. 

Who should read Strategic Kaizen™?

  • Managers and leaders
  • Technophiles and car lovers
  • Strategists and planners

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Decision-Making Books: Know Thyself by Stephen M. Fleming

Know Thyself

Stephen M. Fleming
The Science of Self-Awareness
4.4 (403 ratings)
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What's Know Thyself about?

In Know Thyself (2021) cognitive neuroscientist Stephen M. Fleming lays out the basic principles of metacognition – the way we think about what we think. This revealing book shows by understanding of our metacognitive processes, we can turn them to our advantage, to make accurate, informed judgments.

Who should read Know Thyself?

  • Psychology buffs 
  • People grappling with difficult decisions
  • Anyone who wants to know more about why they think what they think

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Decision-Making Books: The Power of Regret by Daniel Pink

The Power of Regret

Daniel Pink
How Looking Backward Moves us Forward
4.6 (770 ratings)
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What's The Power of Regret about?

The Power of Regret (2022) is a rebuttal of the “no regrets” worldview. Drawing from human psychology, it shares actionable steps for transforming emotion into action and using past disappointments to shape purposeful futures. 

Who should read The Power of Regret?

  • Anyone who’s ever had a regret, no matter how big or small
  • Followers of the “no regrets” lifestyle who are ready to hear a new perspective 
  • Psychology fans who want to explore the underpinnings of a popular phenomenon

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Decision-Making Books: Illogical by Emmanuel Acho

Illogical

Emmanuel Acho
Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits
3.8 (223 ratings)
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What's Illogical about?

Illogical (2022) is the story of how Emmanuel Acho, former pro football player turned media star, decided to take the illogical path to fulfill his potential and his dreams. Instead of following society’s rules, expectations, and constraints, he decided to break all of them –⁠ and in doing so, he became what he is today. And guess what? You can do the same.

Who should read Illogical?

  • Dreamers looking for advice on how to achieve their goals
  • People who want to change careers but feel nervous about taking the next step
  • Anyone feeling a little lost in life

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Decision-Making Books: Meetings That Get Results by Terrence Metz

Meetings That Get Results

Terrence Metz
A Facilitator's Guide to Building Better Meetings
4.2 (194 ratings)
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What's Meetings That Get Results about?

Meetings That Get Results (2021) is a practical guide to the art of running more effective and efficient meetings. Designed for leaders tasked with facilitating meetings and group discussions, it emphasizes collaborative approaches to decision-making and problem-solving. 

Who should read Meetings That Get Results?

  • Leaders and organizers 
  • Tinkerers and optimizers 
  • Team players

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Decision-Making Books: The Great Mental Models Volume 3 by Rhiannon Beaubien and Rosie Leizrowice

The Great Mental Models Volume 3

Rhiannon Beaubien and Rosie Leizrowice
Systems and Mathematics
4.3 (300 ratings)
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What's The Great Mental Models Volume 3 about?

The Great Mental Models Volume 3 (2021) is the third book in a series that shows how mental models from various disciplines can be applied to make positive changes to your life. This volume focuses on mental models from systems and mathematics. It demonstrates how you can use cognitive tools to improve everything from decision-making and relationships to healthy eating and personal productivity.

Who should read The Great Mental Models Volume 3?

  • Decision-makers
  • Problem-solvers
  • The intellectually curious

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Decision-Making Books: Wild Problems by Russ Roberts

Wild Problems

Russ Roberts
A Guide to the Decisions That Define Us
4.5 (320 ratings)
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What's Wild Problems about?

Wild Problems (2022) is an exploration of decision-making, particularly when it comes to the thornier issues of life that can have the deepest impact. Although the modern world offers algorithms and practical approaches to doing so, calculations are not always the best way to a life well lived.

Who should read Wild Problems?

  • Anyone interested in philosophy
  • People at the threshold of making major life decisions like marriage or a geographical move
  • Anyone struggling with becoming more decisive

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Decision-Making Books: Don’t Trust Your Gut by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Don’t Trust Your Gut

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Using Data to Get What You Really Want in Life
3.9 (239 ratings)
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What's Don’t Trust Your Gut about?

Don’t Trust Your Gut (2022) turns that tried-and-true wisdom about trusting your gut on its head. Not only does trusting your gut instinct often lead you to make the wrong decision, there’s a pretty foolproof method to ensure you make the right decision – analyzing the available data and acting on it.

Who should read Don’t Trust Your Gut?

  • Regretful impulsive decision-makers
  • Those so overwhelmed by decision-making that they rarely make any decisions
  • Anyone who’s ever resorted to a coin flip to make a particularly tricky decision

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Decision-Making Books: Provoke by Geoff Tuff and Steven Goldbach

Provoke

Geoff Tuff and Steven Goldbach
How Leaders Shape the Future by Overcoming Fatal Human Flaws
4.6 (26 ratings)
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What's Provoke about?

Provoke (2021) draws lessons from provocative entrepreneurs who pinpointed key trends early and rode them to phenomenal success. What’s more, by outlining the key principles of future-oriented strategy, it shows how anyone can act to provoke the future outcomes they want for their business.

Who should read Provoke?

  • Anyone wondering how to future-proof their business
  • Entrepreneurs who’d like to turn their vision into reality
  • Managers who want to lead boldly and strategically

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Decision-Making Books: Thinking 101 by Woo-kyoung Ahn

Thinking 101

Woo-kyoung Ahn
How to Reason Better to Live Better
4.4 (427 ratings)
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What's Thinking 101 about?

Thinking 101 (2022) asserts that by understanding and overcoming thinking biases, we can better solve or even avoid most problems, from everyday conflicts to larger societal issues. 

Who should read Thinking 101?

  • Problem solvers interested in thinking differently
  • People who want to understand the actions and motivations of others
  • Students or other academics interested in cognitive psychology

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Decision-Making Books: Robert's Rules of Order by Henry M. Robert III, Daniel H. Honemann, Thomas J. Balch, Daniel E. Seabold, and Shmuel Gerber

Robert's Rules of Order

Henry M. Robert III, Daniel H. Honemann, Thomas J. Balch, Daniel E. Seabold, and Shmuel Gerber
4.2 (120 ratings)
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What's Robert's Rules of Order about?

Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (2020) is the 12th and only current authorized edition of the widely accepted standard reference for parliamentary procedure, replacing all previous editions that date to 1876. It outlines principles and guidelines that establish equal rights among members of deliberative and decision-making groups to improve the fairness and efficiency of meetings.

Who should read Robert's Rules of Order?

  • Anyone looking to lead better meetings
  • People who serve organizations that use Robert’s Rules of Order
  • People with an interest in procedures used by governing bodies

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Decision-Making Books: The Prepared Leader by Erika H. James and Lynn Perry Wooten

The Prepared Leader

Erika H. James and Lynn Perry Wooten
Emerge from Any Crisis More Resilient Than Before
4.4 (258 ratings)
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What's The Prepared Leader about?

The Prepared Leader (2022) is a guidebook for those seeking insights on how to manage and persevere through a crisis. One thing is certain: it won’t be long before another crisis hits. The Prepared Leader shows how you can be ready and successful in weathering the next storm.

Who should read The Prepared Leader?

  • Group leaders and executives
  • Business owners
  • HR professionals

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Decision-Making Books: Both/And Thinking by Wendy K. Smith, Marianne W. Lewis

Both/And Thinking

Wendy K. Smith, Marianne W. Lewis
Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems
3.7 (56 ratings)
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What's Both/And Thinking about?

Both/And Thinking (2022) offers a new framework for decision-making. With an either/or mindset, your world appears full of complex choices and difficult sacrifices. By adopting a both/and mindset, you can transform tough choices into fruitful opportunities – no sacrifices necessary.

Who should read Both/And Thinking?

  • Anyone who thinks sacrifice is the only path to finding success
  • Busy professionals struggling to prioritize professional and personal obligations
  • People whose lives are full of complications – but who want to thrive anyway!

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Decision-Making Books: Start, Stay, or Leave by Trey Gowdy

Start, Stay, or Leave

Trey Gowdy
The Art of Decision Making
4.2 (77 ratings)
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What's Start, Stay, or Leave about?

Start, Stay, or Leave (2023) provides practical advice for individuals at any stage of their career who are seeking guidance on how to make informed and fulfilling career decisions. Doing so relies on the importance of self-awareness, defining one's purpose and values, and creating a clear plan for achieving one's goals. 

Who should read Start, Stay, or Leave?

  • People looking to start a new career
  • Workaholics trying to adjust their priorities
  • Anyone looking for advice on how to make life’s big decisions

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Decision-Making Books: Why Managers Matter by Nicolai J. Foss & Peter G. Klein

Why Managers Matter

Nicolai J. Foss & Peter G. Klein
The Perils of the Bossless Company
3.5 (179 ratings)
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What's Why Managers Matter about?

Why Managers Matter (2022) outlines the benefits and drawbacks of different company organizational styles. It explains when and why a company might prefer hierarchies vs. a bossless environment depending on its workflows.

Who should read Why Managers Matter?

  • Business executives deciding on the best structure for their companies
  • Scholars and leaders comparing hierarchical structures and flat organizations
  • Anyone interested in organizational structure and managerial strategy

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Decision-Making Books: Decision Making and Problem Solving by John Adair

Decision Making and Problem Solving

John Adair
Break Through Barriers and Banish Uncertainty at Work
4.0 (93 ratings)
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What's Decision Making and Problem Solving about?

Decision Making and Problem Solving (2019) explains decision-making, problem-solving, and creative thinking. It provides instructions for building and improving these skills and explores the importance of these abilities enabling you to expand your practical thinking capacity.

Who should read Decision Making and Problem Solving?

  • Business leaders who want to improve their teams’ decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Employees seeking to polish their practical thinking skills
  • Anyone interested in elevating their capacity for creative and critical thinking

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Decision-Making Books: The Science of Happily Ever After by Ty Tashiro

The Science of Happily Ever After

Ty Tashiro
What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love
4.3 (50 ratings)
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What's The Science of Happily Ever After about?

The Science of Happily Ever After (2014) digs into the history of mating throughout the history of the human species and answers the question of why some couples live happily ever after and some don’t. Part history and anthropology lesson, part self-help, it offers explanations and advice for anyone seeking love.

Who should read The Science of Happily Ever After?

  • Love seekers
  • People wondering why it never works out
  • Couples in relationships who want to live happily ever after

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Decision-Making Books: Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins

Power vs. Force

David R. Hawkins
The Hidden Determinants of Human Behaviour
4.2 (437 ratings)
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What's Power vs. Force about?

Power vs. Force (2014) explains how anyone can tap into their inner power to change their lives and the lives of those around them. It demonstrates that with consciousness, intention and discernment, anyone can find their truth and follow it toward a more fulfilled and impactful life. 

Who should read Power vs. Force?

  • People interested in alternative theories about science and humanity
  • Anyone who faces major doubts in their lives
  • Humanity nerds

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Decision-Making Books: Mixed Signals by Uri Gneezy

Mixed Signals

Uri Gneezy
How Incentives Really Work
4.4 (253 ratings)
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What's Mixed Signals about?

Mixed Signals (2023) sheds light on the power of incentives, drawing on behavioral economics research to explore how various factors like money, social status, and external nudges can influence our choices. It explores how incentives often have complex and counterintuitive effects, offering an understanding of these dynamics to improve decision-making and outcomes.

Who should read Mixed Signals?

  • People interested in improving their decision-making
  • Business leaders who want to manage people more effectively
  • Anyone looking to better persuade people to take action

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Decision-Making Books: Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell

Basic Economics

Thomas Sowell
A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
4.4 (615 ratings)
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What's Basic Economics about?

Basic Economics (2000) provides a broad yet comprehensive introduction to economic principles, without requiring a background in the subject. Avoiding complicated jargon, it explains core economic concepts in plain English, with the help of real-life examples. 

Who should read Basic Economics?

  • Those looking for an introduction to key economic topics
  • Savers wondering what banks do with their money
  • Anyone who’s asked themselves how dams and highways get built

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Decision-Making Books: Fool Proof by Tess Wilkinson-Ryan

Fool Proof

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan
How Fear of Playing the Sucker Shapes Our Selves and the Social Order — And What We Can Do About It
4.3 (27 ratings)
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What's Fool Proof about?

Fool Proof (2023) explores how the universal human fear of being a sucker contributes to the social order and drives our actions and behaviors. By explaining how the “sucker’s game” permeates so many aspects of our lives, it shows us how we can recognize our fears and keep them from influencing our values and beliefs.

Who should read Fool Proof?

  • Anyone interested in the psychology behind the fear of being a sucker
  • People who want to learn more about how scams affect our lives
  • Fans of psychology and sociology books

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Decision-Making Books: I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was by Barbara Sher with Barbara Smith

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was

Barbara Sher with Barbara Smith
How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It
4.4 (430 ratings)
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What's I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was about?

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was (1994) offers practical guidance to help people figure out what they want in life and how to use that knowledge to go after it. It tackles the most common obstacles to goal-setting with exercises and tactics that help people customize an approach that works best for them.

Who should read I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was?

  • People who do not know what they want in life
  • High achievers who feel like something is missing
  • Anyone struggling with figuring out their next steps

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Decision-Making Books: The JOLT Effect by Matthew Dixon and Ted McKenna

The JOLT Effect

Matthew Dixon and Ted McKenna
How High Performers Overcome Customer Indecision
4.6 (56 ratings)
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What's The JOLT Effect about?

The JOLT Effect (2022) promises to shatter your understanding of sales techniques. Grounded in decades of research, this enlightening guide reveals how tackling customer indecision, not status quo bias, holds the key to sales success.

Who should read The JOLT Effect?

  • Anyone working in sales
  • Small business owners or entrepreneurs
  • Consumers interested in sales techniques

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Decision-Making Books: Smart Leadership by Mark Miller

Smart Leadership

Mark Miller
Four Simple Choices to Scale Your Impact
4.3 (282 ratings)
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What's Smart Leadership about?

Smart Leadership (2022) is your guide to making informed decisions that will shape your journey as a high-impact effective leader. It introduces the concept of "Smart Choices," which emphasizes how your decision-making abilities can boost your potential to lead. It provides insights that will not only improve your strategic thinking, but also enable you to create a positive influence, enhance the health of your organization, and contribute to shaping a remarkable personal legacy.

Who should read Smart Leadership?

  • Rookie leaders looking for guidance on how to boost effectiveness and impact
  • Established leaders who want to breathe new life into their leadership approach 
  • Leadership development professionals seeking ideas to help improve their clients’ leadership skills

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Decision-Making Books: How to Measure Anything by Douglas W. Hubbard

How to Measure Anything

Douglas W. Hubbard
Finding the Value of "Intangibles" in Business
4.1 (41 ratings)
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What's How to Measure Anything about?

How to Measure Anything (2007) challenges the notion that certain things can’t be measured, arguing instead that with the right tools and perspectives, everything is quantifiable. It provides insightful methodologies and real-world examples to guide readers on how to turn seemingly immeasurable concepts into tangible data, ultimately helping to make more informed decisions.

Who should read How to Measure Anything?

  • Business executives and entrepreneurs looking to better quantify their company’s intangibles
  • Students studying business or economics
  • Anyone searching for insights on how to enhance their risk assessment techniques

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Decision-Making Books: Your Future Self by Hal Hershfield

Your Future Self

Hal Hershfield
How to Make Tomorrow Better Today
4.3 (504 ratings)
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What's Your Future Self about?

Your Future Self (2023) is an illuminating journey through the complex world of decision-making, blending the powerful elements of psychology and economics. Offering a unique lens with which to view our long-term choices, it uncovers how the decisions we make today directly shape our future selves.

Who should read Your Future Self?

  • Self-improvement enthusiasts seeking ways to better themselves 
  • Armchair psychologists intrigued by the process of long-term decision-making
  • Philosophers interested in the nature of self, personal identity, and consciousness

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Decision-Making Books: Sully by Chesley B. Sullenberger III & Jeffrey Zaslow

Sully

Chesley B. Sullenberger III & Jeffrey Zaslow
My Search for What Really Matters
4.5 (149 ratings)
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What's Sully about?

Sully (2009) chronicles the remarkable life journey of the pilot who landed US Airways Flight 1549 on New York's Hudson River, ensuring the safety of all on board. The memoir sheds light on his unwavering dedication, the significance of readiness, and the profound lessons from his military and aviation careers. Through his experiences, the book emphasizes the enduring values that can guide individuals through times of adversity and uncertainty.

Who should read Sully?

  • Fans of aviation and heroic true stories
  • Autobiography enthusiasts
  • Readers seeking inspiration in challenging times

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Decision-Making Books: Trading in the Zone by Mark Douglas

Trading in the Zone

Mark Douglas
Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline, and a Winning Attitude
3.9 (221 ratings)
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What's Trading in the Zone about?

Trading in the Zone (2001) is a deep dive into the psychological aspects of stock trading. It presents a view into a trader's mind, identifying how fear and overconfidence often lead to financial downfall. It also offers a practical framework to manage risk, navigate uncertainties, and develop a winning mindset – enabling anyone to overcome emotional barriers and make more consistent and profitable trades.

Who should read Trading in the Zone?

  • Aspiring traders eager to learn psychological stock market strategies
  • Financial professionals seeking to refine their decision-making skills
  • Psychology enthusiasts curious about the intersection of psychology and finance

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Decision-Making Books: The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

The Undoing Project

Michael Lewis
A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
4.0 (229 ratings)
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What's The Undoing Project about?

The Undoing Project (2016) transports you into the intriguing minds of two revolutionary psychologists: Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. This gripping narrative reveals their journey to reshape our understanding of human decision-making and how unseen biases are influencing us at every turn.

Who should read The Undoing Project?

  • Psychology enthusiasts fascinated by human decision-making
  • Fans of biographies that explore notable collaborations
  • Students of behavioral economics and cognitive sciences

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Decision-Making Books: It Takes What It Takes by Trevor Moawad with Andy Staples

It Takes What It Takes

Trevor Moawad with Andy Staples
How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life
4.2 (292 ratings)
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What's It Takes What It Takes about?

It Takes What It Takes (2020) unveils the transformative power of neutral thinking. Dive into real-world examples and practical strategies that teach you to navigate life’s challenges with clarity. Gain control, harness your mindset – and watch your world shift.

Who should read It Takes What It Takes?

  • Elite athletes seeking mental resilience and performance enhancement
  • Professionals pursuing clarity, focus, and decision-making skills
  • Self-help enthusiasts exploring transformative mindset shifts

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Decision-Making Books: Bank Investing by Suhail Chandy, Weison Ding

Bank Investing

Suhail Chandy, Weison Ding
A Practitioner's Field Guide
4.3 (64 ratings)
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What's Bank Investing about?

Bank Investing (2021) helps you navigate the intricate maze of bank financial statements with ease. Dive deep into credit analysis, master the dance of regulations and interest rates, and get a front-row seat to the dynamic world of banking mergers and acquisitions. You'll not only be able to decipher bank metrics with flair but harness them to guide your investment choices like a seasoned pro.

Who should read Bank Investing?

  • Aspiring finance students seeking practical insights
  • New investors exploring bank stocks
  • Financial professionals upskilling on banking

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Decision-Making Books: Cracked it! by Bernard Garrette, Corey Phelps & Olivier Sibony

Cracked it!

Bernard Garrette, Corey Phelps & Olivier Sibony
How to solve big problems and sell solutions like top strategy consultants
3.9 (69 ratings)
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What's Cracked it! about?

Cracked it! (2018) offers you a toolbox for solving complex problems with speed and precision. Uncover how to apply methods from hypothesis-driven thinking to the Pyramid Principle, ensuring you tackle challenges effectively. Elevate your decision-making skills and become the go-to problem solver in your organization.

Who should read Cracked it!?

  • MBA students learning problem-solving techniques
  • Business executives seeking actionable strategies
  • Consultants looking to sharpen skills

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Decision-Making Books: Analysis Without Paralysis by Babette E. Bensoussan

Analysis Without Paralysis

Babette E. Bensoussan
10 Tools to Make Better Strategic Decisions
4.1 (196 ratings)
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What's Analysis Without Paralysis about?

Analysis Without Paralysis is a practical guide to the ten most powerful strategic analysis tools that will help you make better and faster business decisions. It is a simple and straightforward tour through models such as Porter’s Five Forces, PEST, and SWOT, teaching you when and how to utilize these powerful techniques.

Who should read Analysis Without Paralysis?

  • Managers who want to build a competitive strategy
  • All types of entrepreneurs
  • Business Owners wanting to turn data into information

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Decision-Making Books: The Practice of Adaptive Leadership by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow & Marty Linsky

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership

Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow & Marty Linsky
Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World
3.2 (214 ratings)
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What's The Practice of Adaptive Leadership about?

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership (2009) demonstrates how leaders can mobilize people to tackle tough challenges and thrive in the face of harsh realities that demand new skills and responses. It provides a practical framework for diagnosing situations, distinguishing between technical problems and adaptive challenges, and avoiding common leadership pitfalls that come with over-dependence on authority.

Who should read The Practice of Adaptive Leadership?

  • Developing Leaders
  • Managers interested in mobilizing people 
  • People facing new challenges

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Decision-Making Books: Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs by Karen Berman & Joe Knight with John Case

Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs

Karen Berman & Joe Knight with John Case
What You Really Need to Know about the Numbers
3.1 (300 ratings)
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What's Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs about?

Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs (2008) provides a comprehensive guide to understanding and utilizing financial information effectively, specifically tailored for entrepreneurs, business owners, and managers without a financial background. Through practical insights and real-world examples, it demystifies complex financial terms and empowers nonfinancial professionals to leverage financial intelligence for business success.

Who should read Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs?

  • Entrepreneurs seeking to navigate the financial landscape of business 
  • Small business owners looking to optimize financial performance and management
  • Investors wanting to understand the ins and outs of financial health

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Decision-Making Books: Ideaflow by Jeremy Utley & Perry Klebahn

Ideaflow

Jeremy Utley & Perry Klebahn
The Only Business Metric That Matters
4.1 (71 ratings)
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What's Ideaflow about?

Ideaflow (2022) introduces the concept of ideaflow – the rate at which original ideas can be generated – as a key business metric. It also shares practical strategies for optimizing ideaflow at the personal and professional level.

Who should read Ideaflow?

  • Frustrated creatives who can’t seem to get their ideas flowing
  • Busy professionals who just don’t have time to be creative
  • Founders and CEOs seeking tools to drive corporate innovation

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Decision-Making Books: Clear Thinking by Shane Parrish

Clear Thinking

Shane Parrish
Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Results
4.0 (286 ratings)
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What's Clear Thinking about?

Clear Thinking (2023) presents a strategy and tactics to improve your quality of reasoning using a concise synthesis of the insights from thought leaders in business, psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy. It begins with teaching how to discern when critical thought is most important and then to manage the factors that most commonly obscure real problems. It then shares tactics to optimally develop and evaluate possible solutions, choose the best one, and take action.

Who should read Clear Thinking?

  • Anyone who wants to improve their quality of thinking for better outcomes in life
  • Business leaders seeking effective decision-making strategies
  • People who want to establish better habits

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Decision-Making Books: The Outsiders by William Thorndike

The Outsiders

William Thorndike
Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success
3.5 (70 ratings)
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What's The Outsiders about?

The Outsiders (2012) upends conventional notions of what makes a successful CEO. It offers detailed profiles of eight out-of-left-field business leaders and shares key learnings from their groundbreaking, original, and surprising strategies.

Who should read The Outsiders?

  • Managers and executives looking beyond conventional business wisdom
  • Early career employees with CEO-sized ambitions
  • Anyone looking to inject creativity into their leadership style

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Decision-Making Books: Superforecasting by Philip E. Tetlock & Dan Gardner

Superforecasting

Philip E. Tetlock & Dan Gardner
The Art and Science of Prediction
3.8 (110 ratings)
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What's Superforecasting about?

Superforecasting (2015) delves into the art and science of predicting the future, highlighting how most individuals, even experts, often falter in their forecasting abilities. Through captivating stories of successes and failures, as well as interviews with high-profile decision-makers, it unveils the secrets behind effective forecasting: a combination of evidence-based thinking, probabilistic reasoning, accountability, and adaptability.

Who should read Superforecasting?

  • Aspiring decision-makers seeking insight into forecasting techniques
  • Science enthusiasts interested in probability and prediction
  • Amateur forecasters and wannabe superforecasters looking to hone their skills

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Decision-Making Books: Don't Overthink It by Anne Bogel

Don't Overthink It

Anne Bogel
Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life
4.5 (814 ratings)
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What's Don't Overthink It about?

Don't Overthink It (2020) unveils the mental entanglements that come with constant rumination, highlighting how overthinking can rob us of time and precious moments. Drawing on her own experience as an overthinker, Anne Bogel provides readers with tangible solutions to break free from the chains of repetitive, negative thought patterns. 

Who should read Don't Overthink It?

  • Individuals seeking personal growth
  • Avid readers of self-help and personal development
  • Admirers of Anne Bogel's work

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Decision-Making Books: Transitions by William Bridges

Transitions

William Bridges
Making Sense of Life's Changes
4.3 (62 ratings)
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What's Transitions about?

Transitions (1980) serves as a comprehensive roadmap for managing life's changes, breaking down the process into three pivotal phases: the ending, the neutral zone, and the new beginning. It offers simple yet impactful strategies for navigating each phase effectively.

Who should read Transitions?

  • Anyone who’s about to initiate a major change in their life
  • Anyone who’s been shaken by a change they didn’t see coming
  • Anyone who wants to support a friend going through major life changes

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Decision-Making Books: Playing to Win by A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin

Playing to Win

A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin
How Strategy Really Works
3.6 (332 ratings)
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What's Playing to Win about?

Playing to Win (2013) introduces a strategic framework that illustrates how companies can achieve success by making deliberate and well-considered choices. It delves into the "Five Choices Framework," detailing essential decisions that leaders must make to develop winning strategies. Using real-world examples, it emphasizes that a disciplined approach to strategy can create sustainable competitive advantage and turn companies into industry leaders.

Who should read Playing to Win?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to refine their business strategy for market dominance
  • Business students curious about practical strategic frameworks used by leading corporations
  • Start-up founders looking to position their ventures for success in competitive markets

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Decision-Making Books: Leadership on the Line by Ronald A. Heifetz & Marty Linsky

Leadership on the Line

Ronald A. Heifetz & Marty Linsky
Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Change
3.5 (23 ratings)
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What's Leadership on the Line about?

Leadership on the Line (2002) explores the challenges and risks inherent in leadership roles, with a focus on leading through significant and often contentious change. Through numerous examples and metaphors, it offers strategies for leaders to enact meaningful change, practice adaptive leadership, and maintain resilience in any scenario.

Who should read Leadership on the Line?

  • Managers seeking to implement transformative change within their teams 
  • Emerging leaders looking to develop strategic insights into handling new leadership roles
  • Educators aspiring to instill leadership principles and adaptive problem-solving skills in their students

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Decision-Making Books: Optimal Illusions by Coco Krumme

Optimal Illusions

Coco Krumme
The False Promise of Optimization
3.2 (62 ratings)
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What's Optimal Illusions about?

Optimal Illusions (2023) explores the potential pitfalls of over-optimization. Unpacking the consequences of a world obsessed with efficiency, it sheds light on social imbalances, environmental damage, and the unyielding grip of rigid systems. Brace yourself for a paradigm shift as it unveils a new way to optimize – one that balances efficiency with resilience, diversity, and inclusion.

Who should read Optimal Illusions?

  • Strategists seeking resilience
  • Innovators embracing complexity
  • Leaders prioritizing humanity

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Decision-Making Books: Financial Intelligence by Karen Berman & Joe Knigh with John Case

Financial Intelligence

Karen Berman & Joe Knigh with John Case
A Manager's Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean
3.7 (240 ratings)
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What's Financial Intelligence about?

Financial Intelligence (2006) is an indispensable guide for managers seeking to interpret financial data. It’s known to be one of the clearest and most practical resources for decision makers without a background in finance.

Who should read Financial Intelligence?

  • Managers who need to make numbers-based decisions
  • Entrepreneurs who want to make the numbers work for them
  • Anyone who’s ever stared in confusion at an income statement

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Decision-Making Books: 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times by Tom Ziglar

10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times

Tom Ziglar
Coaching Your Team Through Immense Change and Challenge
4.5 (14 ratings)
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What's 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times about?

10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times (2021) provides a framework for leaders navigating major change, concentrating on core virtues such as kindness, humility, and respect. Ziglar’s insights advocate for a Coach Leadership style that cultivates each team member’s unique dreams and abilities, ensuring that businesses thrive even in difficult times.

Who should read 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times?

  • Modern motivators
  • Team-centric visionaries
  • Digital desk directors

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Decision-Making Books: Think Twice by Michael J. Mauboussin

Think Twice

Michael J. Mauboussin
Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition
3.8 (182 ratings)
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What's Think Twice about?

Think Twice (2012) examines the hidden cognitive biases and mental shortcuts that routinely impair our judgment. It also provides concrete steps to counteract ingrained thinking and adopt a clear-eyed approach to making choices.

Who should read Think Twice?

  • Investors looking to avoid costly cognitive biases
  • Professionals who want to improve their decision-making
  • Students of psychology, economics, and human behavior

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Decision-Making Books: Relational Intelligence by Dharius Daniels

Relational Intelligence

Dharius Daniels
The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want
3.5 (111 ratings)
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What's Relational Intelligence about?

Relational Intelligence (2020) is a roadmap to help you navigate the intricacies of human relationships with wisdom. It delves into the art of categorizing, evaluating, and realigning relationships, offering tools and insights for fostering connections that are both meaningful and beneficial. With a touch of humor and a plethora of practical advice, it turns the often daunting task of relationship management into an achievable and even enjoyable endeavor.

Who should read Relational Intelligence?

  • Individuals who desire deeper relationships
  • Spiritual seekers looking for social harmony
  • Leaders navigating team dynamics

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Decision-Making Books: The Art of Clear Thinking by Hasard Lee

The Art of Clear Thinking

Hasard Lee
A Stealth Fighter Pilot's Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions
3.8 (439 ratings)
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What's The Art of Clear Thinking about?

The Art of Clear Thinking (2023) is a practical guide to decision-making as seen through the lens of a US fighter pilot. It introduces readers to the ACE Helix framework employed by those engaged in air combat while prompting you to consider how the underlying principles could be of benefit in your own life. 

Who should read The Art of Clear Thinking?

  • Key decision-makers in any field
  • Individuals keen to improve their ability to think clearly and critically 
  • People interested in military operations

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Decision-Making Books: Narrative and Numbers by Aswath Damodaran

Narrative and Numbers

Aswath Damodaran
The Value of Stories in Business
3.7 (26 ratings)
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What's Narrative and Numbers about?

Narrative and Numbers (2017) explores the role of storytelling and quantitative analysis in determining corporate valuations. It reveals how narratives may greatly influence financial models and projections, using real-world examples ranging from Uber to Vale, and including Twitter and Facebook's diverging paths.

Who should read Narrative and Numbers?

  • Savvy market strategists
  • Story-driven executives
  • Pragmatic finance scholars

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Decision-Making Books: The Upside of Uncertainty by Nathan Furr & Susannah Harmon Furr

The Upside of Uncertainty

Nathan Furr & Susannah Harmon Furr
A Guide to Finding Possibility in the Unknown
3.7 (121 ratings)
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What's The Upside of Uncertainty about?

The Upside of Uncertainty (2022) challenges you to transform your approach to the unknown. You're invited to shift from dread to discovery, learning to harness the potential within uncertainty to forge a path rich with innovation and personal growth. You'll emerge more resilient, creative, and ready to turn the unforeseen into opportunity.

Who should read The Upside of Uncertainty?

  • Entrepreneurs facing the challenges of new ventures
  • Corporate leaders seeking innovative approaches to change management
  • Personal development enthusiasts embracing growth through life transitions

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Decision-Making Books: Leadership Two Words at a Time by Bill Treasurer

Leadership Two Words at a Time

Bill Treasurer
Simple Truths for Leading Complicated People
4.1 (226 ratings)
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What's Leadership Two Words at a Time about?

Leadership Two Words at a Time (2022) is a simple, practical guide to leadership. Following two-word instructions such as “create trust,” you can become a better leader – inspiring others and improving your work environment.

Who should read Leadership Two Words at a Time?

  • New leaders
  • Experienced leaders who want to learn something new
  • Anyone who wants to make their workplace a better place

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Decision-Making Books: Decisions about Decisions by Cass R. Sunstein

Decisions about Decisions

Cass R. Sunstein
Practical Reason in Ordinary Life
3.9 (285 ratings)
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What's Decisions about Decisions about?

Decisions About Decisions (2023) digs into the delicate process of how people make decisions big and small. It reveals the emotional and cognitive mechanisms hidden beneath decision-making methods and the effects of various strategies, showing how our judgments impact our ideas, values, and behaviors.

Who should read Decisions about Decisions?

  • Strategic leaders
  • Curious self-improvers
  • People interested in behavioral economics

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Decision-Making Books: Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense by Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense

Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert I. Sutton
Profiting from Evidence-based Management
3.5 (132 ratings)
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What's Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense about?

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense (2006) is a critical examination of how business decisions are often made based on flawed reasoning and unsupported beliefs. It advocates for evidence-based management, emphasizing the importance of relying on facts and rigorous analysis rather than popular yet unsubstantiated management practices. 

Who should read Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense?

  • Business leaders seeking data-driven decision-making methods
  • Managers challenging conventional wisdom in business
  • Professionals interested in evidence-based management practices

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Decision-Making Books: How to Win at Chess by Levy Rozman

How to Win at Chess

Levy Rozman
The Ultimate Guide for Beginners and Beyond
3.7 (46 ratings)
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What's How to Win at Chess about?

How to Win at Chess (2021) is a comprehensive beginner-oriented guide to the ancient game of chess. Packed with insights into openings, endings, tactics, and strategy, it provides a clear, structured path for players to get to grips with the fundamentals of the game, and build on their skills.

Who should read How to Win at Chess?

  • Beginners wanting to learn fundamental chess strategies
  • Chess players aiming to improve their tactics and gameplay
  • Fans of GothamChess’s YouTube channel

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Decision-Making Books: The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook by Charles H. Green & Andrea P. Howe

The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook

Charles H. Green & Andrea P. Howe
A Comprehensive Toolkit for Leading with Trust
4.1 (26 ratings)
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What's The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook about?

The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook (2011) is a guide to building and maintaining robust professional relationships. Filled with actionable insights and real-world examples, it equips you with strategies to enhance your credibility, deepen trust with clients and colleagues, and master the art of empathetic communication. Whether you're navigating complex partnerships or seeking to build rapport quickly, this resource is your roadmap to becoming an indispensable advisor in your field.

Who should read The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook?

  • Business consultants seeking enhanced client relationship strategies
  • Sales professionals aiming to build deeper trust with clients
  • Corporate leaders focused on fostering a culture of trust

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Decision-Making Books: Managing Transitions by William Bridges & Susan Bridges

Managing Transitions

William Bridges & Susan Bridges
Making the Most of Change
3.8 (109 ratings)
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What's Managing Transitions about?

Managing Transitions (1991) delves into the critical difference between change and transition, emphasizing that successful change hinges on managing the psychological transitions of those involved. It offers practical strategies for helping people adapt to change, underscoring the importance of understanding and addressing the human side of transition to ensure organizational success.

Who should read Managing Transitions?

  • Business owners and managers preparing for a change
  • Business leaders with a big plan for the future 
  • Anyone facing resistance to organizational change

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Decision-Making Books: The Complete Eldercare Planner by Joy Loverde

The Complete Eldercare Planner

Joy Loverde
Where to Start, Which Questions to Ask, and How to Find Help
4.0 (3 ratings)
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What's The Complete Eldercare Planner about?

The Complete Eldercare Planner (2009) is a widely trusted guide that offers extensive information and advice for family caregivers and professionals involved in eldercare. It covers essential topics such as prioritizing and organizing caregiving tasks, balancing work and family responsibilities, and navigating the complex maze of eldercare services. The guide is known for its comprehensive, sensitive, and practical approach to managing the challenges of caring for elderly individuals.

Who should read The Complete Eldercare Planner?

  • Family caregivers of elderly relatives
  • Healthcare professionals specializing in geriatric care
  • Adults planning for their own aging

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Decision-Making Books: Don't Believe Everything You Think by Joseph Nguyen

Don't Believe Everything You Think

Joseph Nguyen
Why Your Thinking is the Beginning & End of Suffering
4.5 (260 ratings)
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What's Don't Believe Everything You Think about?

Don’t Believe Everything You Think (2022) is a guide to overcoming anxiety, self-doubt, and self-sabotage. Rejecting feel-good clichés about motivation and willpower, it draws on timeless Buddhist wisdom to demonstrate how thinking entangles us in a life of suffering – and how we can free ourselves from that trap. 

Who should read Don't Believe Everything You Think?

  • Overthinkers and self-sabotagers
  • Anyone interested in Buddhist perspectives on pain and suffering
  • Spiritual seekers and explorers  

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Decision-Making Books: The Intelligence Trap by David Robson

The Intelligence Trap

David Robson
Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes
3.7 (193 ratings)
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What's The Intelligence Trap about?

The Intelligence Trap (2019) presents a compelling argument that high intelligence does not always equate to good thinking. In fact, intelligence can lead to significant mistakes, and intelligent people can fall into the trap of simplistic reasoning. As a solution, it offers strategies to cultivate wisdom and make better decisions, stressing the importance of intellectual humility, critical thinking, and the ability to learn from mistakes. 

Who should read The Intelligence Trap?

  • Educators and academics
  • Students and lifelong learners
  • Anyone interested in self-improvement

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Decision-Making Books: Leading Through Inflation by Ram Charan & Geri Willigan

Leading Through Inflation

Ram Charan & Geri Willigan
And Recession and Stagflation
3.9 (98 ratings)
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What's Leading Through Inflation about?

Leading Through Inflation (2022) explores the significant impact of inflation on businesses, emphasizing its role in consuming cash, squeezing margins, and disrupting forecasts and plans. It provides practical guidance and strategies for CEOs and executives to navigate these challenges, offering advice on how to thrive in an inflationary business environment.

Who should read Leading Through Inflation?

  • CEOs and senior business executives
  • Small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Business School Students and Professors

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Decision-Making Books: Positive Chaos by Dan Thurmon

Positive Chaos

Dan Thurmon
Transform Crisis Into Clarity and Advantage
3.9 (61 ratings)
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What's Positive Chaos about?

Positive Chaos (2023) delves into the complexities and paradoxical benefits of chaos. Drawing on groundbreaking research, it shows how to transform chaos from a disruptive force into a catalyst for personal development.

Who should read Positive Chaos?

  • Individuals seeking strategies to thrive in chaotic environments
  • Leaders aiming to enhance their skills in unpredictable times
  • Professionals interested in personal and workplace growth

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Decision-Making Books: The Courageous Follower by Ira Chaleff

The Courageous Follower

Ira Chaleff
Standing Up to & for Our Leaders
4.2 (6 ratings)
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What's The Courageous Follower about?

The Courageous Follower (2009) is a guide on the role of followers in their relationships with leaders, which emphasizes the importance of mutual respect and the courage to stand for the greater good. It presents a model for followership that includes taking responsibility, challenging authority constructively, and participating actively in the success of the organization – transforming traditional perceptions of followership. 

Who should read The Courageous Follower?

  • Individuals interested in leadership and organizational behavior dynamics
  • Followers looking to increase their influence and constructive engagement
  • Leaders seeking to foster a culture of mutual respect

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Decision-Making Books: A New Way To Think by Roger L. Martin

A New Way To Think

Roger L. Martin
Your Guide to Superior Management Effectiveness
3.3 (29 ratings)
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What's A New Way To Think about?

A New Way To Think (2011) presents a paradigm shift, arguing that companies could achieve sustainable success and shareholder returns by prioritizing customer satisfaction over the traditional focus on maximizing shareholder value.

Who should read A New Way To Think?

  • Business leaders
  • Shareholders
  • Customer experience advocates

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Decision-Making Books: Real-Time Leadership by David Noble & Carol Kauffman

Real-Time Leadership

David Noble & Carol Kauffman
Find Your Winning Moves When the Stakes Are High
3.6 (21 ratings)
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What's Real-Time Leadership about?

Real-Time Leadership (2021) dives into how leaders can make quick and strategic decisions during high stakes situations using the practical M-O-V-E framework.

Who should read Real-Time Leadership?

  • Emerging leaders
  • Experienced decision-makers
  • Individuals in high-stakes roles

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Decision-Making Books: Effective Decision-Making by Edoardo Binda Zane

Effective Decision-Making

Edoardo Binda Zane
How to Make Better Decisions Under Uncertainty and Pressure
3.4 (42 ratings)
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What's Effective Decision-Making about?

Effective Decision-Making (2016) explores the art and science of making better decisions amidst the challenges of uncertainty and pressure. It provides you with a comprehensive toolkit for improving decision-making processes, focusing on techniques that foster critical thinking, strategic analysis, and collaborative problem-solving.

Who should read Effective Decision-Making?

  • Managers and executives who need to make the big calls
  • Entrepreneurs who want to make quick and effective decisions 
  • Brainstormers looking to up their game

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Decision-Making Books: Mastering Executive Transitions by Navid Nazemian

Mastering Executive Transitions

Navid Nazemian
The Definitive Guide
3.3 (13 ratings)
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What's Mastering Executive Transitions about?

Mastering Executive Transitions (2021) explores the critical challenges and opportunities executives face during career transitions. It delves into the realities versus the research on executive transitions, highlighting the complexities, shorter tenures, and overwhelming demands leaders face in today’s world.

Who should read Mastering Executive Transitions?

  • Senior executives facing career transition challenges
  • Emerging leaders aspiring to executive roles
  • Business students studying leadership and management

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Decision-Making Books: Tell Me My Story by Dimple D Dhabalia

Tell Me My Story

Dimple D Dhabalia
Challenging the Narrative of Service Before Self
4.3 (4 ratings)
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What's Tell Me My Story about?

Tell Me My Story (2024) is a blend of personal reflection and a rallying cry, presenting a vision of hope and a path to recovery for individuals engaged in humanitarian efforts. Underscoring the importance of supporting those who dedicate themselves to service, it advocates for a balance that allows them to thrive personally while making a meaningful impact on the world.

Who should read Tell Me My Story?

  • Humanitarian workers and volunteers
  • Mental health advocates
  • Readers interested in social change

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Decision-Making Books: Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz

Being Wrong

Kathryn Schulz

What's Being Wrong about?

Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz delves into the concept of error and why we as humans are so averse to being wrong. Through engaging storytelling and thought-provoking analysis, Schulz challenges our deep-seated beliefs about right and wrong, and ultimately encourages us to embrace our fallibility as an essential part of being human.

Who should read Being Wrong?

  • Curious individuals who want to understand the nature of human error
  • People who are open-minded and willing to challenge their own beliefs
  • Those interested in psychology, philosophy, and the complexities of the human mind

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 FAQs 

What's the best Decision-Making book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Blink as the ultimate read on Decision-Making.

What are the Top 10 Decision-Making books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  • Nudge by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
  • Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath
  • The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
  • Why We Make Mistakes by Joseph T. Hallinan
  • First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
  • Risk Savvy by Gerd Gigerenzer
  • The Hour Between Dog and Wolf by John Coates
  • The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel

Who are the top Decision-Making book authors?

When it comes to Decision-Making, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Dan Ariely
  • Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
  • Chip and Dan Heath
  • Barry Schwartz