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Summary

New from the best-selling HBR's 10 Must Reads series.

Learn why bad decisions happen to good managers - and how to make better ones.

If you listen to nothing else on decision making, you should at least hear these 10 articles. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you and your organization make better choices and avoid common traps.

Leading experts such as Ram Charan, Michael Mankins, and Thomas Davenport provide the insights and advice you need to:

  • Make bold decisions that challenge the status quo
  • Support your decisions with diverse data
  • Evaluate risks and benefits with equal rigor
  • Check for faulty cause-and-effect reasoning
  • Test your decisions with experiments
  • Foster and address constructive criticism
  • Defeat indecisiveness with clear accountability

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Some good and some very weak content

Some of the content is insightful, but the role of luck, as well as real human behaviour, is overlooked by some of the contributors.

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  • judy
  • 19-06-16

so that's what executives talk about

Would you listen to HBR's 10 Must Reads on Making Smart Decisions again? Why?

yes. so much information, I want to take notes next listen

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

since this isn't a story per say, hard to apply. But perhaps a change of voice for the examples. Even a change for the different chapters.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He was fine. Just more variety. I listened at the gym and sometimes turned it off because of sameness. That doesn't seem to happen with other features.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think learning about being preprogrammed and looking for the answer I want instead of the truth.

Any additional comments?

This is a vey helpful book.

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  • Andrew
  • 19-11-17

Helpful

This book really provides a lot of great information, and is easy to follow along.

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  • Aden
  • 05-09-17

Fast & thorough

The book is fairly detailed for such a short book. The stories shared & the advice given provide a very helpful overview & reminder of concepts used in business. The book also makes reference to other readings available for those who choose to research a particular topic in more detail. Worth the read and/or listen.

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  • T. Danylak
  • 06-03-17

Great Collection of Wisdom, Narration not so much

Would you listen to HBR's 10 Must Reads on Making Smart Decisions again? Why?

Yes, the articles provide insight into decision making processes in organizations and lessons can be applied to personal challenges as well.

What did you like best about this story?

Daniel Kahneman's article "Before you make that big decision"

What didn’t you like about James Edward Thomas’s performance?

It's not so much his performance, as the planning of whole process. I.e. All articles have "aside" sections that summarize the ideas discussed. The narrator reads these without any forethought whatsoever. The page that he's one might have nothing to do with the aside bar, but the minute he finishes the paragraph, he starts reading the aside bar. Aside bars should be read after the concept has been introduced, maybe even at the end of a section. Needs better planning.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No