The Art of Critical Decision Making : The Great Courses: Business & Economics

  • by The Great Courses, Michael A. Roberto
  • Narrated by Professor Michael A. Roberto
  • Series: The Great Courses: Business & Economics
  • 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Learn to approach the critical decisions in your life with a more seasoned, educated eye with this fascinating 24-lecture series that explores how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective decisions. The heart of this accessible series is a thorough examination of decision making at three key levels. First, you'll look at decisions made at the individual level, where, among the many things you'll learn is that intuition is more than just a gut instinct and, in fact, represents a powerful pattern recognition capability. Then, you'll explore decisions made at the group level, where you'll try to answer the question of whether groups are "smarter" and more capable of making critical decisions than individuals. And finally, you'll pull back to analyze organizational decision making, in which Professor Roberto demonstrates how some organizations have encouraged and reliably performed vigilant decision making in the face of risky scenarios.
Whether you're the head of a Fortune 500 company, a government agency, or an everyday household, you constantly make decisions important to you and those immediately around you. These lectures offer you a toolbox of practical knowledge and skills that you can apply to various decisions - whether large or small - in your everyday life and work. Professor Roberto's lively lectures are packed with useful anecdotes, tools, and advice designed to improve your own ability to make informed decisions. As you explore the intriguing process of making a good decision, you'll strengthen your grip on individual theories of decision making and the situations that illustrate them.

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Very rewarding, fulfilling its promise

This work is clear, well-structured, well-paced, and understandable. It moves fluidly between practical pointers (sometimes checklist-like, with nice summaries) and examples that keep it moving nicely. I admire the work of a professor who has obviously invested plenty of time, thought and experience into making such a crafted and polished product. I have read other books in this area (most recently "Guide to Decision Making" by H. Drummond here at audible), and I do like to sample around, but this one for me is head and shoulders above anything I've seen. Plugging these suggestions in to current decisions (alone or with others) makes me feel more like I am flying with "instruments" versus guessing with gaping (unknown) blind spots. Yet, the approach is not "paint by numbers:" good human reckoning is still required, but augmented with the assistance of various guides, reminders and prompts along the way. I'm sure I will listen through this one again.
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- Phil O.

Great book for aspiring leaders

Where does The Art of Critical Decision Making rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10 books.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The fireman leader.


What about Professor Michael A. Roberto’s performance did you like?

The clear and effective manner of articulation of complex concepts


What did you learn from The Art of Critical Decision Making that you would use in your daily life?

To be aware of my biases and manage them in my decision making at my profesional career.


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- Ananthan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses