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The Indecisive Decision Book

Looking around in an airport bookstore after a flight delay for something to occupy my time, I was having trouble making up my mind. So, I could have regarded it as a piece of good fortune that I came across The Decision Book by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler.

the decision bookIt was the subtitle of this book that gave me second thoughts, though: It promised Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking.

Fifty models? Who needs fifty models?  Using fifty models for strategic thinking is a terrible strategy, likely to lead to a thoroughly muddled approach.

One of the most important tools in effective strategic thinking is focus, which includes the ability to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant options, reducing them down to a few choices that are most likely to lead to the desired outcome. Using this skill is essential for decisive action, but Krogerus and Tschäppeler don’t seem to have mastered it.

I might have bought The Decision Book if its authors had themselves demonstrated the ability to be decisive. As it is, they might well have written The Grab Bag Guide To Organization.

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