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A highly readable book choke full of interesting anecdotes and useful advice on how to make decisions. The author does not attempt to tell the reader what decisions to make but rather makes the reader think through how he/she makes decisions based on his/her frame of mind and perhaps unconscious biases. I thoroughly recommend this book!
I really enjoyed reading the Art of Decision Making and I discovered how many things are at stake every time we take a decision. I always thought it was an easy process, but I am obviously a rare specimen. Many of us procrastinate before making a move and some are just paralysed. Jo Bikart has the immense talent to lead us through many paths without ever being pedantic. I love his sense of humour too.
I found "The Art of Decision Making", very interesting. The discussion on the etymology of the word "decision" provides insight as to how the concept of making a decision has evolved. From ancient Greek, we learn that the word for a decision has the same root word meaning separation and also, judgement. That word is "krisis", implying that decisions are a type of crisis and this explains why we are so poor at dealing with them. Within this context, we often tend to procrastinate or avoid making a difficult decision. However, as Bikart points out there is time decay to decision making. The longer we delay making a decision or avoid confronting the "krisis", the more likely that the variables that we are deciding on will change. Hence a decision on A and B morphs into a decision on C and D which means that we are faced with a new decision. The bottom line is to make the decision one way or the other before the variables change and then make it work.
Sometimes you're paralyzed over a decision: should I stay or should I go? Every moment of choice is a crisis, and opening one door or the other, or even leaving that door closed can lead to grave consequences. That's why it is sometimes so difficult to make a decision. This book will help you understand the mechanisms in your brain that may stop you from choosing, or may make you leap with a decision you don't fully comprehend.
This book is a feast of wisdom and a must read. It explores the deepest routes of our indecision to deliver a new clarity on our deciding minds. It is full of “aha” moments and unlike all the “self-help” books that recommend a standard approach to decision making, this book engages readers to change their mindset through self reflection. A great read.