Most of us take decision-making for granted.
We make choices without sufficiently evaluating the variables that impact the results of our choices. Oftentimes, we fail to recognize these variables,
which causes us to make uninformed decisions. Our
results are predictably less than stellar. We might even
make things worse than had we not made a decision at all.
The law of unintended consequences is more likely to
affect us when we overlook (or outright ignore) important
factors in the decision-making process.
We can improve our results by taking greater care with
how we make choices. If we do so methodically, considering
every variable that might impact our results rather
than trusting our intuition, we stand to achieve better
Ultimately, it’s possible to learn how to consistently make
good decisions. This book will give you the tools you need
to do so. We’ll create simple, effective systems you can use
to make logical decisions, quickly and with absolute
What to Expect in How to Make Better Decisions.
In PART I: Understanding Our Decision-Making Process, we’ll
investigate how we make decisions, why we often make
poor ones, and explore the obstacles that make us stumble.
Here, we’ll lay the foundation. Learning to make better
decisions requires first examining our current processes.
We’ll highlight common bad habits and routines so we can
replace them with more useful ones. We’ll discuss the role
of emotions, fake urgency, and our tendency to procrastinate.
We’ll also examine our propensity to make assumptions
and cling to counterproductive biases.
In PART II: 14 Tactics for Making Better Decisions, we’ll
cover specific formulas for making good, informed decisions.
This is the bulk of the book. It contains the most
actionable content. Each chapter ends with a simple, practical
exercise designed to help you apply what you’ve
We’ll conclude with PART III: How to Optimize Your Decisions.
In this final section, we’ll explore how to
bring about the most favorable outcomes possible given
your options. We’ll talk about the questions you should ask
yourself before making decisions. We’ll also discuss the
value of having a feedback loop in place and how to create
one that works.
Business Decision-Making vs. Personal Decision-
Many of the systems and models described in this book are
used today by today’s business leaders. But note, they are
just as effective in personal decision-making. This means you
can apply them in your job, at home, or at school. You can
use them when making decisions with friends, family, or
Along these lines, many of these systems can be used in
a collaborative setting with multiple actors providing data
and opinions. This means you can easily include others
into the decision-making process if you so desire. Having
said that, this book focuses on individual decision-making,
where you are the sole actor.