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The Heath Bothers, authors “Made to Stick” and “Switch” deliver their latest work on how to make better decisions. They offer four major reasons why decisions can run afoul. These include inappropriate problem framing, confirmation bias, and emotional interference and preparation for being wrong. They assert that a process will significantly improve your decision making skills. That is, process plus data improves the odds of a correct decision over data alone. As is their trademark, they come up with a pity pneumonic for their solution WRAP.
I thought the book was pretty good, it had the appropriate level of details and background stories. Earthshaking it was not. The concepts provide a framework for decision making similar to knife skills give you a framework for successful food preparation – without these things, outcomes will be unpredictable and vary. If you are looking for a Tour de Force in decision making, read “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. The Heath brothers even said as much in the initial chapter -- I totally agree.
Certainly, this book is easy to digest and if their advice is implemented, WRAP will lead to better decision making. It is a worthwhile listen but don’t expect shattering new insights. It is solid and worthwhile.
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Would you try another book from Chip Heath and Dan Heath and/or Kaleo Griffith?
I have read a few books by them and I enjoyed them, this one was a little too in depth
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I get it, ask more questions and make sure you have conflicting points of view to make your decision. And quick decisions are never good.... got it.
What does Kaleo Griffith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Unfortunately it was too boring
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Learned a little that I'll use along the way
10 of 11 people found this review helpful