The Decision Book

Fifty models for strategic thinking

Mikael Krogerus, Roman Tschäppeler

Publisher: Profile, 2008, 173 pages

ISBN: 978-1-84668-395-4

Keywords: Management

Last modified: July 9, 2021, 4:50 p.m.

An European bestseller, The Decision Book distils into a single volume the fifty best decision-making models used on MBA courses and elsewhere that will help you tackle these important questions — from the well known (the Eisenhower matrix for time management) to the less familiar but equally useful (the Swiss Cheese model). It will even show you how to remember everything you will have learned by the time you've finished it.

Stylish and compact, this little black book is a powerful asset. Whether you need to plan a presentation, assess someone's business idea or get to know yourself better, this unique guide — full of helpful visual tools — will help you simplify any problems and take steps towards the right decision.

    • Instructions for use
  • How to improve yourself
    • The Eisenhower matrix: How to work more efficiently
    • The SWOT analysis: How to find the right solution
    • The BCG box: How to evaluate costs and benefits
    • The project portfolio matrix: How to maintain an overview
    • The John Whitmore model: Am I pursuing the right goal?
    • The rubber band model: How to deal with a dilemma
    • The feedback model: Dealing with other people's compliments and criticisms
    • The family tree model: The contacts you should maintain
    • The morphological box and SCAMPER: Why you have to be structured to be creative
    • The Esquire gift model: How much to spend on gifts
    • The consequences model: Why it is important to make decisions promptly
    • The conflict resolution model: How to resolve a conflict elegantly
    • The crossroads model: So what next?
  • How to understand yourself
    • The flow model: What makes you happy?
    • The Johari model: What others know about you
    • The cognitive disonance model: Why people smoke when they know it's unhealthy
    • The music matrix: What your taste in music says about you
    • The unimaginable model: What do you believe in that you cannot prove?
    • The Uffe Elfbæk model: How to get to know yourself?
    • The fashion model: How we dress
    • The energy model: Are you living in the here and now?
    • The SuperMemo model: How to remember everything you have ever learned
    • The political compass: What political parties stand for
    • The personal performance model: How to recognise whther you should change your job
    • The making-of model: To determine your future, first understand your past
    • The personal potential trap: Why is it better not to expect anything
    • The hype cycle: How to identify the next big thing
    • The subtle signals model: Why nuances matter
    • The network target model: What your friends say about you
    • The superficial knowledge model: Everything you don't need to know
  • How to understand others better
    • The Swiss cheese model: How mistakes happen
    • The Maslow pyramids: What you actually need, what you actually want
    • Thinking outside the box: How to come up with brilliant ideas
    • The Sinus Milieu and Bordieu models: Where you belong
    • The double-loop learning model: How to learn from your mistakes
    • The AI model: What kind of discussion type are you?
    • The small-world model: How small the world really is
    • The Pareto principle: Why 80 per cent of the output is achieved with 20 per cent of the input
    • The long-tail model: How the Internet is transforming the economy
    • The Monte Carlo simulation: Why we only approximate a definitive outcome
    • The black swan model: Why our experiences don't make you any wiser
    • The chasm — the diffusion model: Why everybody has an iPod
    • The black box model: How to recognise a winner
    • The prisoner's dilemma: When is it worth trusting someone?
  • How to improve others
    • The Drexler-Sibbet team performance model: How to turn a group into a team
    • The team model: Is your team up to the job?
    • The gap-in-the-market model: How to recognise a bankable idea
    • The Hersey-Blanchard model (situational leadership): How to successfully manage your employees
    • The role-playing model: How to change your own point of view
    • The result optimisation model: Why the printer always breaks down just before a deadline
    • The world's next top model
  • Now it's your turn
    • Drawing lesson 1
    • Drawing lesson 2
    • My models
  • Appendix
    • Bibliography
    • Illustration credits
    • Final note
    • Thanks
    • The Authors


The Decision Book

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Decent ****** (6 out of 10)

Last modified: March 13, 2011, 9:06 p.m.

An interesting book that fails to live up to its first impression, but it's worth the low price they charge for it anyway. Even though some obvious models are missing and the sorting seems to have nothing to do with the models chosen.

It's worth owning.


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