What if you get improve your percentages of making better choices? What if you could read a great book in doing so? That’s the beauty of Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath. It does both, and it does them quite well.
Wrap your hands not only around this book but the great insights Chip and Dan Heath share in making better choices. They not only deal with the 4 villains that hinder decision making, they also lay out 4 ways to leverage our decision making to a higher level. They don’t promise 100% accuracy in making decisions (that would be the sign of a fool). But they do share 4 choices to overcome the villains to be wiser at work, at home, and in one’s daily life.
In reading Decisive you learn the WRAP method of making decisions:
Widen your options.
Reality-test your assumptions.
Attain distance before deciding.
Prepare to be wrong.
By putting these choices to work, you and I can develop a process for making better decisions.
In addition to developing some great principles for processing decision making, there is also some great stories along the way — the dietary impact of Red Velvet Cheesecake at the Cheesecake factory or why David Lee Roth’s obsession with no brown M&M’s was critical to his band’s success.
Even better there are great questions to apply when making decisions in business and in life. Such as 10/10/10 (my favorite from the book), how will you feel about your decision 10 minutes from now? 10 months from now? 10 years from now?
What would I tell my best friend to do in this situation?
What would my successor do when he comes into this situation?
The book does not promise perfection in decision making. That’s why prepare to be wrong. But having read Decisive, it has provided better clarity for decision making. And so far it has led to better decisions and insight into what next steps might be for me. I think it will do so for you as well. Check out the first chapter here. You can also find more resources about Decisive as well as their two previous books (also well worth reading) Made to Stick and Switch by going here.
I give Decisive 5 out of 5 stars. Well-written. Thought provoking. Best of all, life changing. My thanks to Blogging for Books for a free copy to review. I didn’t have to give a positive review, just an honest one. My thanks for helping me to make better decisions, including reading this book!