Category Archives: Book Reviews

Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future

As a matter of disclosure I received a copy of this book to review as a core reviewer for the 12 Books Group. The expectation is that I will participate in the discussion on Goodreads and post my review on Amazon, … Continue reading

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Decisive – Chapter 12 – Trusting the Process

Excerpts from the Book Club Guide on the final chapter: Trusting the decision-making in a home, or in an organization, relies on the fairness of the process. Bargaining is often key to a shared sense of that fairness. Several of … Continue reading

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Decisive – Prepare to Be Wrong – Chapter 11 – Set a Tripwire

  Tripwires are used to make sure that we do not become too complacent in our decision making.  The purpose of tripwires is to make us realize that we do have a choice. Examples used at the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Decisive – Prepare to Be Wrong – Chapter 10 – Bookend the Future

  The theme for this chapter is that the future is not a point, but actually is a range. In order to anticipate the future we need to bookend it by considering different outcomes from very bad to very good. … Continue reading

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Decisive – Attain Distance Before Deciding – Chapter 9 –Honor Your Core Priorities

  Here the Heath brothers point out that decision making is not always easy even when you dampen the short-term emotions. They point out that when you are agonizing over a decision it is usually due to a conflict among … Continue reading

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Decisive – Attain Distance Before Deciding – Chapter 8 –Overcome Short-Term Emotion

  In this chapter Chip and Dan focus on how short-term emotions can negatively impact decision making. They open by taking us through an exercise on how car salesmen work to get the buyer to make an emotional connection that … Continue reading

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Decisive – Reality-Test Your Assumptions – Chapter 7 – Ooch

  “To ooch or not to ooch, that is the question.” I found this chapter to be interesting just based on the title. I’d never heard of Ooch before this book (granted I’m not a world traveler, but I do … Continue reading

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