Decision Making for Dummies
Don't be fooled by the title!
A guide to 21st Century Decision Making
"Decision-making in volatile unpredictable conditions requires a much higher level of awareness and depth perception to see the interrelationships and deep dynamics impacting what is observed on the surface.
Making decisions in a complex environment requires flexible thinking, knowing when to use creative or linear thinking, spotting leverage points to leverage your time and effort effectively while minimizing error. Bringing more of your potential on-line gives you access to talents now well hidden from view. It’s time for expansion. The world needs more of what you’re capable of. So does business. Otherwise, companies will fail to adapt quickly enough." - Dawna Jones
Decision Making for Dummies includes:
Key Ingredients, Company Culture, Knowing and Growing Yourself as a Decision-Maker, Self and Organizational Awareness for Better Decisions, Learning from Mistakes and Unintended Consequences, Converting Hindsight into Foresight, Intuitive Decision-Making, Laying the Groundwork, Walking Through the Decision-Making Process, Tackling Various Types of Business Decisions, Exploring the Decision-Making Tool Kit, Strengthening Relationships with Employees and Customers, Making Decisions as a Manager, Entrepreneur or Small Business Owner, Using Change to Achieve Personal Fulfillment, Facilitating Participatory Decision-Making Meetings, Making Decisions about Partnerships and Joint Venture, Setting Ethical Standards plus the Ten Tips for Decision-Making in Uncertain Situations, Secrets Behind Ethical Decision-Making.
“Decision Making for Dummies” should be fearlessly displayed and kept close at-hand because of the quality of insight that it provides. - D.R. Jeanclerc
"Whether you are a senior leader or a beginning manager, this book is a helpful guide for the increasingly more difficult challenges of decision making in our rapidly changing world. Dawna Jones’ fresh approach shows business leaders how to effectively integrate analytical data and intuitive intelligence to solve the paradoxical problems of digital age businesses. Recognizing that there is a wide range of organizations from traditional “command and control” to more innovative “bossless” companies, the author provides a comprehensive toolkit that will enable all of her readers to improve their decision-making skills. Filled with practical methodologies for today’s business environment, this book presents the essential tools for decision making in our unique and unprecedented times."
Rod is the author of Wiki-Management and the former COO of Blue Cross Blue Shield.
"This book by Dawna Jones offers practical help, with a serious contribution to the literature on decision-making. In fact, it’s everything you wanted to know about decision-making but were afraid to ask. It offers a comprehensive guide to the issues one should be thinking about when one is making a decision, particularly a difficult decision. It is strong on the deeper meaning of decision-making: it helps leaders understand the impact of their choices, not only on their organization, but also on their own credibility and reputation."
By Benay Dara-Abrams - Lead, Great Workplaces
Decision Making for Dummies offers systematic approaches for making and communicating decisions in the highly complex, rapidly changing business environment we’re facing today. Stressing the importance of paying attention to both long-term and short-term focus, the author makes a critical recommendation to decisions-makers – to move away from “either/or” thinking to using the word “and” instead.
In her book, Dawna Jones provides step-by-step guidance on how to evaluate and integrate data from various sources, including intuitive understanding. For effective decision-making in organizations, the author recommends making sure to develop and enhance the following key ingredients: 1) a common language in the organization, 2) a good workplace culture, and 3) self-knowledge of the decision-maker.
Integrating analytical and intuitive decision-making approaches and offering specific techniques to work with emotions as data, Decision Making for Dummies will prove valuable to a wide range of decision-makers in all different types of organizations.
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