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The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking is not really a book to read from cover to cover. This is more a reference book, and is structured into 4 main categories:
How to improve yourself (13 models) How to understand yourself better (17 models) How to understand others better (15 models) How to improve others (5 models)
With 60% of the models geared towards looking internally at personal development and decision making, and the other 40% on how you work with others, it's really a book about YOU. In the title, the association with decision making and strategic thinking is the real essence of the book. Don't think about this book in terms of business models such as Ansoff Matrix, or PEST, or Porters 5 Forces etc.
Models are a great way of visualising ideas, organising, planning, and conveying thoughts and strategies to others. The models presented in this book are as good as the effort you are prepared to put in. Remember planning is everything the plan is nothing. If the development of knowledge is the continuous application of learning you will get an opportunity to use, and therefore become more knowledgeable with some of these models more than others.
The book offers a comprehensive list of models, some are very straightforward but some could have done with a bit more explanation and even an example. I also believe with a lot of personal/business model books it's important to reiterate that circumstances, external forces and the business itself are always changing and responding to personal and market needs. As a consequence, you should always return to your models and redo, rather than accept the results from the previous time.
I really like approaches that visualise concepts or plans to help with realisation or explanation, so I would recommend this book as a useful resource in your library.
The book makes over substantiated claims “the book will even show you how to remember everything you’ve learned by time you’ve finished”. Bearing in mind there’d about 100+ different individual models and concepts.
Also the section on how to understand others, had a section on how you( as the individual) think outside the box. That doesn’t even make sense.
The only thing that is good about this book is if you haven’t seen any of the models/concepts before. Even then I’d advise you just get the table of contents and find more information on that individual aspect yourself.
I’ve had it since 2014 keep giving it a chance but honestly, just a poorly written book.
An excellent book: it spreads out a huge set of ideas and thinking methods that can help you organize your life, plan your future, structure your business, improve your efficiency at work and more. It's a quick guide that excludes all the unnecessary chaff clogging your reading. You get the core issue of dozens of sociology/psychology theories in the most short, clear way possible.
This is my go to decision making bible when I'm hit with what can be a difficult situation. It's helped me win business and has helped place into perspective the decisions I need to make in my personal life too.
Somewhat good. Keep in mind that is just a list of ways to approach situations. Doesn't clarify them that well with comprehensive explenation and multiple examples. Schecthes and diagrams are plentiful (if you enjoy books like "Behavioural Gap")
Essentially a summary of fifty analysis and decisions techniques, there is nothing new in this book, but for me it's very useful having them all in a handy book form where they are well and clearly explained. Excellent resource.