A 4-Step Process for Making Better Decisions

Human beings are notoriously bad at making decisions. We seem to struggle with this in both our personal and professional lives.

Decisive by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

For example:

  • Forty-one percent of first marriages end in divorce.
  • Forty-four percent of lawyers would not recommend a career in law to young people.
  • Eighty-three percent of corporate mergers and acquisitions fail to create any value for shareholders.

According to bestselling authors Chip Heath and Dan Heath, “When it comes to making decisions, it’s clear that our brains are flawed instruments.” Whether we rely on complex analysis or gut reactions, the results are about the same.

Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn’t fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better?

That’s why the Heath brothers wrote their new book, Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work. I spent this last weekend reading it.

First, we have to understand the problem. The authors point out the “four villains” when it comes to making decisions:

  1. We have too narrow of focus. We are guilty of “spotlight thinking.” We focus on the obvious and visible. We miss important facts outside our immediate view.
  2. We fall into confirmation bias. We develop a quick belief about something and then seek out information that confirms that belief.
  3. We get caught in short-term emotion. We are too emotionally connected to the decision and struggle with being appropriately detached.
  4. We are guilty of overconfidence. We assume that we know more than we actually do know and jump to conclusions, thinking we can accurately predict the future.

The great value of the book is that it lays out a decision-making process that can be used in any situation. It is designed to counteract the influence of the four villains and consists of four steps:

  1. Widen your options.
  2. Reality-test your assumptions.
  3. Attain distance before deciding.
  4. Prepare to be wrong.

The authors refer to this as the WRAP Process from the first letter of each step. By the way, these four steps are sequential—you do them in order. And the more you employ this process, the better you get at it. With enough practice, it becomes second-nature.

In typical Heath brothers style, the book is filled with wonderful and memorable (dare I say “sticky”?) anecdotes that illustrate every principle. The book offers fresh strategies and fresh tools for making better choices.

The first thing I am going to do now that I have read Decisive is have everyone on my team read it. I can’t imagine anything that could impact the quality of our lives and business more than making better decisions.

I gave away 100 copies of Decisive. To qualify, my readers had to comment below. You can find the list of winners here.

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  • http://fourhourleader.wordpress.com/ Giuseppe Pagnoni

    As I really enjoyed their past works, I can’t wait to read Cheap & Dan new book!
    All the best,

    Giuseppe Pagnoni

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It doesn’t disappoint. It’s as good as anything they have written.

  • http://www.thedailysaint.com/ Mike St. Pierre

    Thanks Michael for the opportunity to reflect on decision making and for this week’s giveaway. We just finished a fundraiser at work and I saw a lot of “confirming an early hunch” rather than trusting the raw data.

  • http://www.cjcavin.com/ C.J. Cavin

    I am a Masters student in the Human Relations field. I am an avid follower of everything Michael Hyatt and I took a break from writing a paper (probably a result of the resistance) to check my RSS feed and saw a new post. I decided to go ahead and read it.

    Ironically enough, the post fits right into the paper that I am currently writing. The paper itself is about motivation and organization effectiveness. The biggest issue in organizational effectiveness, according to the research I am working with, is poor decision making.

    I would love to read this book because I believe it would help my higher education but also because I am constantly looking for ways to not only improve my process but help others improve their process as well.

    Thanks Michael for this wonderful review and I hope to be a winner for this week’s book giveaway.

    Thanks for all you do!

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    I have so many unread books already, so I can’t decide whether I should risk getting another one. I’ll think about it.

  • http://twitter.com/howardbriank Brian Howard

    Wow! This looks like a really great book. I am interested in a copy so that as a coach I can look for new ways to coach people through the decision making process.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenk57 Ken Kessler

    I want to make better decisions and try to help others make better decisions through my coaching.

    • flyhealjustin

      Good decisions will make you fly. I have read the book. it was very useful for these days. And i am running the blog called FlyHeal. Visit me at flyheal.com

  • Roslyn

    My life was revolutionised when I read Choice theory, and also recognise that we ultimately are responsible for the incremental choices we make. To be consciously choosing our ultimate path in line with who we are, what we believe and being close to reality is what I wish to achieve personally and professionally with integrity. To have some wisdoms in this would be great.

  • Paul Burnell

    We can always improve our decisionmaking and this looks the sort of book that could improve mine no end. That reason, and the fact that I seek to help others in their decisionmaking so I can improve their skills too are why i would like a copy.

  • http://twitter.com/BrettGorney Brett Gorney

    Hi Michael. As a Golf pro at a country club I’m constantly having to choose wisely for the benefit of our members and for my staff. I’d love to know Chip & Dans insights from this book and see how I may apply them into my work & life. Thanks!

  • Kerrie Kerkman

    This book sounds amazing and I cant wait to read it. I n a world of overwhelming choices moving way too fast what a great resource. I will use it for myself as well as my clients!

  • http://twitter.com/eric_taylor2 Eric Taylor

    I love everything the heath brothers have written. They add great value and decision making is an area where I would love to gain their insights so I can pass it along to others.

  • Wade_Thorson

    Thanks for the book review, this looks like an excellent book to go through with my team. As part of engineering we are constantly going through problem solving excercises and I know I see some those villains come out at times.

    The big one I see quite often is the narrow focus and confirmation bias, quite often we have our idea and it is a matter of proving out our idea and not finding the correct answer.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      This would be a great book to read as a team.

  • Paul W

    The Heath brothers have entered into the lexicon of change with their book Switch so no doubts they’ll do the same with decision making. Happy to comment/tweet/shout from the rafters.

  • matt Spokes

    looks exactly what i need right now. i would ove to get hold of this book to apply it into my life. i may have questions after i read it but for now it would be great to start to read it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ilene.saidel Ilene Saidel

    Any wisdom for better decision making is a welcome addition to my “toolbox” for life! Thanks Michael!

  • Bill Davis

    As a pastor that leads a staff and a church I make hundreds of decisions a day, not only for myself, but I am called upon to help others make better choices. I am always interested in doing my job better and living life better. Getting this book sounds like a great Decision.

  • http://twitter.com/jodywissing jody wissing

    As a communications director, I make several choices per day. I’m particularly interested in the “prepare to be wrong” part. This is so important! If you can’t fail, you also can’t succeed. I would love to share these concepts through my blog too! Thanks. :)

  • http://twitter.com/DanVForbes Dan Forbes

    I especially like the last step of the decision making process – prepare to be wrong. Years ago I thought I was right almost all the time. I was wrong about that. I learned to accept my own imperfection. It helped me make better decisions. This sounds like a wonderful book and I hope to receive a copy. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/DARRELDONATTO Darrel Donatto

    This book is certainly of great interest. As a member of the fire service, I have study decision-making, especially as it relates to the fire ground. Much of what we know about this rapid decision making is based upon Klein’s model for recognition primed decision making. Yet, there still remains many gaps in this theory and thus anywhere that we can expand our understanding of how and why decisions are made, then we can help train people to make better decisions. Thus, i would be extremely grateful to receive a copy. Thanks for sharing this book with your audience of loyal followers.

  • Ted Rice

    I read the last Heath Brothers book, Switch, and it is not too much to say that it completely changed how I manage change in my life. It also turned me into an evangelist for Changing the Path, looking for Bright Spots and other simple but eminently practical strategies. I look forward to learning their latest findings!

  • http://twitter.com/inovica inovica

    This sounds really useful as we’ve been making some major decisions at the moment, including re-focus of the company itself. We’re seeing major emotion coming into the decision making process. Would be interesting to read this book

  • http://twitter.com/ninapatel1 Nina Patel

    This looks like a brilliant book to help me make decisions to get me out of a rut to move forward in life…

  • Nathan Armstrong

    I believe this book could also be applied to spiritual decisions. I would love to be able to read it and see how it applies spiritually.

  • Saloni

    Hi Michael, thanks for the offer! I want to get better at decision making. Your preview is both simple and alluring that I want to read the complete book. I am a coach and have quite a few turning to me – I want to help them with advice that works! Look forward!!

  • http://twitter.com/TRHuckstep Tom Huckstep

    Working for two nonprofits while holding down periodic consulting jobs and just managing life means I’m constantly faced with decisions about prioritizing what to do today, this week, this season. When I do decide, sometimes the end result is I’m over committed. This book appears to offer some great insights into the psychology of decision making and execution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/petra.lanphen Petra Lanphen

    Michael, thank you for this great opportinity to increase my knowledge and enjoy learning!

    I would like to receive a copy of the book, because I realize decisionmaking is a very big part of our lifes. I think about the space that Stephen Covey describes between stimulus and response, and the time you take to make a decision in that space.

    The quality of that decision matters. So I would like to know more about how to improve the quality of my decisions, and also tell others about is, so we can live the way we are supposed to: aware and fulfilling our potential. :-)

  • Rick DeVries

    I’ve really enjoyed their books in the past and have been looking forward to this book. Their book Switch is really helpful in directing change. Their new book would be most helpful in my decision-making role in local government. Full disclosure: I’ve requested that my local library system purchase this book, so if others don’t have that kind of amazing access, pass me by.

  • http://twitter.com/joannamuses joanna

    I’d like to read it primarily because I have to make lots of decisions myself, but also because I find what makes people make the choices they do (particularly irrational choices) fascinating.

  • http://www.flyingpants.blogspot.com/ Terri Brown

    I just made the decision to start a direct sales business and my three-month path to my final decision sounds a lot like WRAP! I would love to read this book to get the whole picture of what these authors present.

  • sue_k

    Love all that you’re already shared. As a leader in our church and also running a business, I’d appreciate a process that leads to wise decision-making. Admit the “sticky” points are part of what draw me! Thanks, Michael, for your wisdom!

  • Jaymie

    This sounds like a great book! There are some decisions I am making about my work and I think this would help prepare me to make those choices. Also, some of my coworkers are facing major life change and could use this as well – sometimes we share books or I buy someone a copy of something I think might help them if I have read it and found it helpful.

  • Kandy Andersen

    This book appeals to me because I have just been promoted to Assistant Controller in my company, and I’ve already had to make several ‘snap’ decisions. I want the confidence to know I’m making the right ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristine.hartland Kristine Hartland

    As a leader in business and non-profit organizations, decisions I make impact others. The responsibility leads me to seek improvement in my actions, decisions and influence. I am an avid reader and promised this will not sit on a shelf. I’ll read it, apply it and share it. Even if you don’t choose me, and I hope you will, I will purchase the book and do this because it’s just to important not to do so.

  • Perry

    This book appeals to me because it did not take long to see myself as I read through the four villains. I am especially guilty of short term emotion and overconfidence. Thank you for the offer.

  • scurrior

    I am, as are we all, faced why many decisions everyday. Currently, most of these affect other peoples lives (family & church members) in profound ways. Much of the time it is a crap shoot. I’d like to have “Decisive” as an additional tool to help guide me. Thanks

  • Brandon

    As someone who finds himself in more and more leadership situations I am always looking for an outside perspective.

  • Doug.Waterman

    Thank you Michael.
    I have long been a proponent of the statement “Those of us who know that we don’t have all the answers get really annoyed at those of you who think that you do.” Pithiness aside, it is all too easy to get into that latter camp.
    If this book can help us (me) make better decisions by keeping that WRAP point of view and allowing a full review of the facts, then it will be worth its weight in gold.
    I look forward to reading it.
    Thanks,
    Doug

  • Jason Fitch

    My wife and I have made a number of big decisions in the last decade. Some have turned our great, some not so great. But, they have all been made without much of a process. At best, the process has been haphazard. I would love to read this book and have this process become second-nature.

  • http://twitter.com/Juanbg Juan

    We are always making decisions small and big ones, short term and long term. most of us don’t realize by making those decisions we become accountable and responsible of our own acts/doings/no-doings. I’d like to get this book to understand better about the logic our brain follows to make decisions to discern between good and bad.

  • piercemarrs

    Michael, I have a very busy schedule and due to my personality, when faced with a tough decision I will tend to procrastinate. It sounds likes this book will help me develop a system to make better decisions quicker. Thanks.

  • Dayalan

    As I approach my 49th year I must confess my mediocre decision making. Decisive will definitely help me in the next part of my life’s journey.

  • Garrick

    Since we historically make so many wrong decisions, I am really looking forward to the “prepare to be wrong” section. The more prepared, the less despaired.

  • Maeyzoe

    Michael, I have had some serious forks in e road lately and would like some help in determining the best course of action for me and my family.

  • http://twitter.com/jasoncrossmusic Jason Cross

    For much of my life, I feel that I have lacked a sound process for decision making. I can narrow in on a few key decisions that have helped me tremendously by the grace of God. However, most of the time it has been despite having a sound process rather than because of it. This book appears to help tremendously with that process!

  • http://www.mlmbloggers.com Dan Mitchell

    Awesome! I’ll take a copy!

  • Leesha

    This book sounds very balanced in its approach and it actually sounds practical! I’m 22 and have many decisions ahead of me and with a leadership call on my life -I know my decisions will not only affect me but also those I am leading, such as the youth group I currently lead.

  • Steve

    Hi Michael. I disagree with the belief our brains our flawed instruments, in fact they are probably most underutilized. Do we blame the computer for the outcome of errors of when data is entered? However, we as people cloud our brains with so much information then have beliefs, emotions and peer pressure tossed in and that poor decisions are made. I would love the opportunity to read this book as any decision making improvements are so valuable whether it is at work or in your everyday life. Thank you

  • Shane Chew

    Daniel Kahneman, Keith Stanovich and others have talked about the dual-process of thinking – the fast intuitive and the slow analytical. We spent most of our time making decisions using the fast intuitive reflexive thinking – and precisely this results in us committing a lot of cognitive biases such as confirmation bias. And these cognitive biases, although not necessarily erroneous per se, can result in our flawed decisions, which ultimately can have huge impact when acted upon. I am looking forward to the further contributions by the Heath brothers in this field of the psychology of decision making. The WRAP model is appealing, in the sense that I am also in the process of formulating a similar one in clinical decision making.

  • http://www.williswired.com/ Randy Willis

    This book appeals to me because I’ve always felt more un-decisive than decisive. As a leader, I am definitely interested in the WRAP process!

  • mom24stars

    This sounds like it would be a great resource. With four sons, each at a milestone decision making stage, our family would make good use of it.Thanks for the offer, and thanks for the great blog; it’s always timely.

  • http://twitter.com/JosephDavidGrav Joseph David Graves

    As a pastor, I make decisions every day that directly impact a lot of people. I’ve realized how important good decision making is!

  • http://twitter.com/duffbert Thomas Duff

    I struggle with confirmation bias… not being able to see something for what it is instead of what I think it should be based on what I already “know” about the world. This book would help me get past that point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexei.tchaitsyn Alexei V. Tchaitsyn

    I would really want to see fresh ways and tools you told about in this book together with those “sticky” stories) to use them in my work.

  • http://twitter.com/RevColt Al Soultz

    This sounds like a great book. It is the type of book that I enjoy reading and glean information from for years to come. I appreciate you reviewing and recommending books for your readers that will help enhance our leadership and lives.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    I’m a big fan of Chip and Dan Heath. Learning how to make better decisions would be huge for me. I really struggle to “pull the wire,” so to speak, and many times am frozen in the process. Having a step-by-step process would be very helpful and allow me to take action and move forward.

    Currently, I use the information from Made to Stick almost every time I speak. I can visualize the stolen kidney and ice bath and refrain from talking to strangers in airports… Learning how to make the WRAP process work is the next step. I’ll be sure to blog about it and it will probably end up in a future book.

    Thanks, Michael, for putting this together.

  • Chris Jordan

    “We have too narrow of focus. We are guilty of “spotlight thinking.” We focus on the obvious and visible. We miss important facts outside our immediate view”

    This first point is the hook that got me interested. The other 3 are just as important. I am all about perspective so step #1 really hit home with me! I would love a copy of the book because I am not nearly as strong as I would like to be in making decisions. I am developing, and a book like this can only help me, or anyone else, on that path.

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Pam

    I think as I thoroughly examine my decision making process, it is great to look at other resources. I feel the book will be very informative.

  • Charles Dobens

    Hi Michael, whether I get the book free or not, this will definitely be my next read. Great suggestion!

  • http://juliesunne.com/ Julie Sunne

    My mom and I are notorious for indecisiveness. I love to think there is help for this. It would be so helpful to do better personally and professionally.

  • kotto

    Hi Michael. Based upon your review I can’t wait to read this book. The wrap test is not just about making decisions in your life but critical decisions in your business, especially an entrepreneur who is developing new products, new markets and marketing ideas. Too many CEO’s fall in love with your own ideas even if they aren’t the ones the market wants! And of course, being an entrepreneur is intensely personal so this book would be required reading.

  • Ivan

    Having read and benefited from Made to Stick these book appeals to me. There are a number of reasons I’d like to read a copy of it. First, I have struggled with indecision my whole life. I believe that God has been addressing that in my life, but in the past if I have to make a decision that someone won’t like; one without a clear win/win, I can struggle and delay the decision. As a Sales Manager, Assistant Pastor and young father I understand that this weakness must be addressed in my life or it will have a negative effect on those around me. God bless your ministry!

  • Guest

    As a 20-something in the crossroad of decisions, decisions: about my career, possible studies, family, relationships. I have been plotting some of that recently with struggles and a GOOD book on this topic would be a great mind and heart refresher.

    Thank you for this book giveaway. Adore your work, Mr. Hyatt.

  • Joe Rourke

    We are always looking at ways to improve our decision process – it’s a key to business success – and this book looks like a great addition. Our company has four core practices: understanding cause and effects, fact based decision making, efficient use of resources and benchmarking. When we meet to make a decision, the first question is what do you know and not what do you think. As our CEO says “Facts take the emotions out of business decisions”. Thanks Michael for your book, blog and Platform University. They have made an impact.

  • adam

    I am in the middle of making a big decision right now! What a help this book would be to me.

  • Karen K

    As a 20-something in the crossroad of decisions, decisions — about my
    career, possible studies, family, relationships — this book would
    be a great mind and heart refresher as recommended by you Mr. Hyatt.

    Thank you for this book giveaway.

  • Keith

    As a new program manager I see the implications of my poor decisions. I’d like to learn these lessons early to prevent future headaches.

  • http://www.chaplainmike.com/ Mike Hansen

    I hate when I cannot make a decision, and up paralyzed (avoiding making one). I realize that in itself is a decision, just not one that is intentional as suggested here. I would use this book to help in making better decisions for me and my family. That, along with prayer and discernment from God.

  • http://twitter.com/drkenny Kenny Handelman

    Great post, and this book sounds excellent. I believe that indecision is at the root of mine and many people’s challenges. Having a guide to making decisions effectively (and hopefully quickly) is very worthwhile. Thanks for the opportunity to get a copy of the book.

  • http://twitter.com/java_ross Mark Stephen Ross

    Thank you Michael! This is another great post and yet another strong resource. I share and battle daily with many of these and other “unproductive traps.” I genuinely appreciate your encouragement in helping us better ourselves. I look forward to reading this book.

  • barry

    This morning while writing in my journal, I asked God to help my 17-year-old son make his decision where to go to college next year (he told his mother yesterday he is stuck in limbo because his head says one school, his heart says another). I’m forwarding him this excellent post. Thanks for introducing me to this book.

  • http://twitter.com/jlaudell Jim Laudell

    Decision making is a learning process – making the right decisions for myself, my family and others is essential to life and its happiness.

  • http://www.irunurun.com/blog/ Travis Dommert

    I’ve always struggled with decisiveness and found decision analysis an incredibly valuable class in business school…especially after learning what terrible decision maker’s we really are.

    Would love to pick up some more tips and tricks from the Heath brothers!

  • Julie

    Turning 30, I look back on my bad decisions in my life and they follow the same points you mention in your post. I have been trying to set new life and career goals and I believe this book would be a great way to focus in on the right path.

  • michaelwroberts

    I’ve been reading on the decision-making process quite a bit lately, and I’d love to hear what these two authors have said about it. The Paradox of Persuasion and The Long Tail both presented interesting alternatives on the way we make decisions.

    Also, I’ve started reading Switch, and these authors have amazing information to share.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pamela.m.eichorn Pamela McDonald Eichorn

    Being from the group that has made many “interesting” decisions in the last thrity-five years, we have been given the opportunity to see the “live” results from many of these choices. Unlike Hezekiah in scripture however, who knew the results were coming but since they were not in his lifetime it did not concern him, we do not have this option, we are experiencing them. The topic of this book is relevant and it is never too late to begin making better decisions and also teaching others how to also. Thank you for the opportunity to try for a book.

  • JM

    Hi Michael. Thank you for recommending the book. It appeals to me because my favorite saying to my trainer at the gym is, “I love coming here because for a half hour, I don’t have to make any decisions. I just do what you instruct.” There seem to be very few hours in my days where I don’t have to make decisions, no matter how much I have delegated. I want to be confident that I am making good decisions and avoid being caught up in the emotions brought to the table by others.

  • http://twitter.com/kennyjahng Kenny Jahng

    Michael, I wonder how learnings from the Heaths impacts your prescriptions for building a Life Plan? What tangible assistance can you provide Life Plan followers of yours to have a more successful outcome there?

  • Grant Gillard

    It’s the “confirmation” stage that trips me up. It’s like I need to set out my fleece, needing some kind of guarantee that it’s the right move. Sometimes I wish I had that gut instinct, that intuitive “just do it” ability.

  • http://www.apprenticeshipofbeinghuman.com/ Graham Scharf

    I read Made to Stick, and the Heath brothers earned my trust in communication. In fact, I use their SUCCESS acronym still when preparing workshops, articles, blog posts, etc. I trust that their new book will be equally engaging.

  • Tracy L

    Oh how I want this book! I have just realized in the past two months of examining my decisions of the last 5 years that I could really use some help with the decision making process. Working on clear thinking and decision making is my goal for the year and this book can only help me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/awesomeMT Jackie Ramos Beyer

    Just the other day I was thinking I wish Michael Hyatt would make a post of his favorite 100 books to read, perhaps with different headings, business, leadership, fiction, etc. And here today’s blog post lists a new book with a chance to get a copy! Being able to make clear and concise decisions is essential in life. Being able to stand firm by my decisions is a skill I would like to master. This book is a great step in the right direction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678388501 Vince Cavin

    I’m part of a management team that is creating a brand new and large festival that impacts the city, private donors, and entrepreneurs There are many moving parts and making the best decision given the short time-frame to execute the project is critical. Having books like this in my toolbox is sure to lend a helping hand as the project becomes more intense it nears completion.

  • Jenny Brunner

    I am a mother, and I would like to make better decisions.

  • http://twitter.com/jimmyproulx jimmyproulx

    This book would be a great help to me. As a church planter/pastor, decisions are being made all the time. It is crucial for me to learn how to make better decisions.

  • http://twitter.com/ChadEBillington Chad Billington

    I found it interesting that Decisions was the title of today’s blog post. For the past week I’ve been thinking about ‘decisions.’ On the whiteboard in my office today, you can read my two thoughts about decisions.

    “To realize the potential of ideas, I must unleash the power of decisions.” &

    “A conviction is only an opinion, unless it shapes decisions.”

    While I like those two thoughts I’ve been contemplating how Ineed not only to overcome indecisiveness, but also to make better decisions. (I’m looking for a third quote.) I think this book would help me round out my thinking in an area, where I’ve been giving thought all ready.

    I’d be glad to discuss my first two quotes too. Thanks for the article, Michael.

  • Barbara

    I see nothing but good coming from a better way to make decisions. And the Heath brothers have a great record of digging into a subject and providing tools for success that really “stick.” I would love to read their newest book!

  • Mike Salsbury

    I decidedly indecisive and am always looking to improve. I am intrigued by “prepare to be wrong”; I currently operate under “make a decision, then make it right.” Need this book!

  • Carol Ellis

    As a coach I help people in all aspects of their life – decision making being on of them. For many the decision making process can cause analysis paralysis at times or is taken to lightly when there is low impulse controI – a process that is simple and easy to remember will provide a tool to help. I love the approach to decision making – WRAP – what a simple yet effective formula. One I will learn more about by reading the book and then share it with my clients. Thanks for sharing about this book. I look forward to reading it.

  • Stephanie Nash

    I tend to be a “gut” decision maker, with, of course, mixed results. I adopted this strategy because I never really had a good way to think through all the options…pro and con lists never seemed to be enough. I’d like to use this book to help me be more deliberate and thoughtful, and make sure I’m not biased towards what I WANT or the outcome I’m hoping for instead of the most likely outcome based on reality.

  • http://twitter.com/ajthewonderdog AJ Martin

    Who could use some help making better decisions?
    As a parent, leader, spouse and employee I think I could make better decisions (or at least come at them quicker)

  • http://AlMacartney.com/ Alastair Macartney

    Very interesting. I’ve got a new blog post coming up that focusses on looking forward and the longer term strategic view. It’s far too easy to be narrowly minded even when we’re trying to be strategic. We generally don’t dedicate enough time to reflection and the deep, meaningful thought that is so often required. More to follow here: http://www.AlMacartney.com/blog

  • Guest

    Now in my early 50′s, I struggle with both professional and personal decisions; for fear I will be wrong. It’s time I change this.

  • http://chrisjohnstonphotography.com Christopher Johnston

    As someone who has made a series of bad decisions i would like to improve my batting acerage. I’m now 40 years old, about to graduate with a Masters in Journalism, with over 140k in student loan debt.

  • http://twitter.com/bcole39 bcole39

    As a pastor I’m faced constantly with decisions. The better decisions I make, the better it is for my church. It appears that this book with facilitate the process.

  • Tim Gross

    What could be more important? My decisions determine my future, and greatly impact those I lead. I love the idea of a simple, repeatable process for exercising better judgment.

  • Evan Poppleton

    Interesting to me that such a high percentage of corporate merger/acquisitions don’t create value for shareholders….wow….I think that speaks to the confirmation bias aspect they write about. Would like to learn more of their thoughts on that.

  • http://twitter.com/DennisMcIntee Dennis McIntee

    My biggest hurdle is becoming too wrapped up in the emotion of the decision. When I’m emotionally connected my focus is fuzzy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/texasballoonman Bill Allen

    Thanks for this Michael.
    I am usually pretty good about making decisions. I’m just never sure they are the right ones. I try to follow the advice Dave Ramsey gives: keep fear out of decision making.
    Something to help me reaffirm my decision process would relieve a lot of pressure from my day to day life.

  • http://twitter.com/CarlGulley Carl Gulley

    Uncertainty in decision making is the #1 pressure I feel in life right now! November will mark my 20th year in volunteer/vocational ministry. As a pastor of BAYLOR students, dad of 4 (one in Jr High…help Lord!) & leader of other pastors & leaders, I figured decision-making would get easier the more experience I gained. But the longer I lead, the bigger the decisions become & the more people they affect. Thus, they are more difficult to make & seemingly hard to get right. The Heath brothers couldn’t have picked a better time to write this book. I’m pretty sure the dedication page says “Carl Gulley” on it.

  • Timothy J. Clarke

    As a pastor I see people struggle with the long term impact of bad decisions.
    I plan to do a series on making wise decisions..
    Would love to read this book for insight and information

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.l.powell.5 Laura Linabury Powell

    I’m an event director and getting caught up in short term emotion seems to be a frequent stumbling block for the team. Being able to step back and evaluate this should propel us forward and keep us from some of the missteps we’ve taken along the road. Would love to read this book and apply its principles right away.

  • Joanne Viola

    I would love to read this book so as to make wiser decisions. The hard part for me is setting my emotions aside. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Anne Peterson

    Decisions used to be excruciating to me. Having grown up in an authoritarian home where all my decisions were made for me, that muscle was never developed. Then when I lost one parent at 16 and the second at 24, there I was without a clue. As an adult I would literally freeze up when an important decision had to be made. The process is no longer excruciating, but still nowhere near where I’d like it to be and I’d like to model this for those who look to me for guidance. I am getting better at seeing the value in making less-than-perfect decisions, if there is such a thing.

  • Brian Cawley

    May be a good book to have my undergrad business students read and apply to our coursework in organizational behavior.

  • pb

    I am faces with impossible relational situations and need to make some truly tough decisions … Thank God i know that ultimately i will be led to make those in the interest of all involved. Your blog have been such a great inspiration for me to stirve to live right, be considerate and kind.
    pb

  • http://twitter.com/daviddegarmo David DeGarmo

    As a husband, father, and pastor, I have to make decisions every day that affect other people. I am fairly decisive, but often struggle with whether I am making good decisions. I’ll take any help I can get.

  • http://twitter.com/Sandstone_Cott Sandstone_Cottage

    Now in my early 50′s, I struggle with both professional and personal
    decisions; for fear I will be wrong. It’s time I change this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronny.goel Rohan Goel

    So we have been trying to launch a new product line for sometime now, and the “A” from WRAP intrigues me, we have never been able to understand what distance travelled is enough to takes judgement on the attempt. I believe that this book will help me decide better

  • Jeff Pinkleton

    #3 really speaks to about Gavin’s distance & not getting caught up in short-term emotion.
    I can be GUILTY AS CHARGED!

  • martha

    thanks for this opportunity to read and knowabout this book, for me I am almost 50 years old and at this point of my life i am searching for wise and interesting ideas, also for innovative and fun way to celebrate life in every day activities.

  • http://twitter.com/shandonsteve Steve Turner

    Good decision making is critical to a good life, and yet we rarely see it taught. As a big fan of the Heath brothers, I can’t wait to read this book and suggest it to others. Helping people learn to make great decisions is one of the best gifts we can give.

  • Patrick D

    “Prepare to be wrong.” Oh, that’s tough! That is the swirling eddy I find myself spinning in far too often. I tend to over-think, trying to avoid a wrong move in advance–that’s exhausting! Great artists say the key to a great painting/sculpture/symphony is knowing when to stop.

  • http://twitter.com/josh_tandy Josh Tandy

    I’m excited about this book because of the authors’ track record. Loved their two previous books and looking forward to this one.

  • http://www.daninfocus.com/ Dan Stratton

    I make decisions for a living and it is not as easy as it sounds. The longer I am at it, the harder the decisions get. The steps in this book sounds like good practices to exercise. I look forward to reading it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christelle.donaldson Christelle Donaldson

    I am really bad at making decisions. It comes from a very young age, my mother used to get so upset when shopping with me, I could never choose a pair of shoes or anything I was shopping for. I’ve improved along the years, but making decisions is definitely something I need to improve, and the book seems to address it in a structured way that talks to me.

  • http://twitter.com/KrisSteinbach Kris Steinbach

    Anytime we can expand our thinking is huge….I look forward to the insight this book has…cant wait to implement what I learn…..could have used it this past week for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/kasitex Kimberly Iannelli

    I am right smack in the middle of a significant decision making process at the moment and would welcome reading about an approach that could positively impact my decisions. Looking forward to reading the book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ltalessi Lisa Alessi

    Can’t wait to read more, thank you for the synopsis! Fear of making the wrong decision or a mistake, not being good enough, of failure and uncertainty are some of the most common obstacles that prevent leaders and organizations from stretching and challenging themselves to expand their influence and lead with greater impact. I’m looking forward to reading the research and more on the strategies for more effective decision making.

  • Stuart

    As a pastor of a thriving church, I’m constantly making decisions that have far reaching and sometimes eternal consequences. Thanks Michael for recommending a resource to make those decisions the best possible!

  • Kenny

    We make so many decisions in life. I would enjoy reading this book to help me to improve my life through the making of wise decisions.

  • Steve

    Michael, I am a brand new subscriber to your blog. Before I get started on my comments for Decisive, I do want to say that your website doesn’t let someone put in a comment who is using Chrome as the browser. It could be me, but I would have your web developers check this out. I digress.

    Some words and their meanings can be bridged across different vocations and time periods. Decisive, a word originating from the early 17th century has not only shown itself encompass corporate leaders, but also athletes, pastors and even the most prudent of mothers.

    Making better decisions by replacing too much passion with a healthy dose of prudence. I can’t wait to get this book into my hands.

  • Gavin Brown

    Thanks for this offer Michael. As a leader, decisions are always in demand. After reading your review of this book, the subjects and points for making decisions really appeal to me. I feel that the material can be very beneficial especially to my ministry. As a youth pastor I feel that it’s so easy to get caught up in the whims of living, and practical books that come along on making decisions are scarce. By reading and learning from this book, I’m sure that I can gain some added knowledge on the pragmatics of making sound decisions.

    Thanks for the opportunity to get a free copy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/troy.holt Troy Holt

    The main thing that appeals to me about this book is that it deals with a process to make sound decisions. I am always looking for ways to improve and in the past I have made some bad decisions and I am open to any process that will allow me to make better decisions in the future.

  • http://twitter.com/DFWsADHDexperts DFW’s ADHD Experts

    As a counselor, coach, and fellow-struggler of ADHD, I am always looking for suggestions to help clients (and myself) make better decisions.

  • Roger

    Made enough mistakes to know I need a better perspective. Thanks for the reminder that we can make better decisions.

  • Ashleigh Conkey

    What appeals to me about this book is to have a plan on how to make decisions. I tend to have analysis paralysis and never make a decision or I just wait way too long. I think that this book would make a tremendous impact on my personal and professional life. :)

  • http://twitter.com/bonhamheather Heather Bonham

    #3 – Being too emotional about a decision – that’s a big one. I like to use the old “Ben Franklin” method sometimes, which is to draw a line down the middle of the paper, and list the pros on one side and the cons on the other. Always find that a huge help. Thanks for the thought-provoking post!

  • http://missionallendale.wordpress.com/ Joey Espinosa

    I’m one to get a very narrow focus. I definitely could use this book!

  • http://sparkvoice.wordpress.com/ DS

    I’m interested in improving my decision-making skills in my home and professional areas. I believe that I make reasonable and good decisions, but I’m not always confident in a process to get there. I’m starting to get more opportunities to shape and influence decisions, and decision-makers, so I would like to have more tools in my toolbox.

  • Vog

    Sometimes being conservative means that decisions get postponed or we use procrastination in order not to make decisions – rather figure out your shortcomings and work to sort them out …now!

  • Audrey B

    “We get caught in short-term emotion. We are too emotionally connected to the decision and struggle with being appropriately detached.” This is so true! I think that many people, including myself, tend to get emotionally attached to a decision or process, and we cannot properly see the facts. We have our hearts invested where it does not belong, and the wise choice passes us by.

  • G money

    It is said that our life is made up of the decisions that we have made and I believe that I have made many bad decisions in the past and as a result of this book I believe it will help me make better decisions going forward to Impact the quality of not only my life but those that are around me

  • http://forthisisthetime.blogspot.com/ Esther Aspling

    While this sounds great even for myself, I instantly thought of my teenager! And that alone should explain my reason for wanting the book. :-)

    http://forthisisthetime.blogspot.com

  • Clark

    As a leader at both my church and the college where I teach, I think equipping myself with the fullest toolbox possible is a great way to ensure I am giving others what they need. This sounds as though it would be a wonderful asset!

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.a.osborn Scott Osborn

    I need to learn more about the WRAP concept. As I read this post I immediately started thinking of all the things my wife and I are trying to decide: What should I do about my job? Should we sell our house? Should I get out of the Army. Cant wait to dive in…

  • http://twitter.com/ThomScott The Flock Builder

    Love it! I’m often too guilty of intuitive, gut-based judgements that I seek to confirm with facts. Looking forward to reading this!

  • http://twitter.com/Alan_Fowler Alan Fowler

    Dan and Chip’s book, Made to Stick, was fantastic, and I can’t wait to continue my reading on the topic of decision making. How We Think was a great piece on the subject as well.

  • http://twitter.com/artnouveauqueen Debbie Gilbert

    Michael, thank you for this info and giveaway. I would love a chance to regain the hours and days I have lost due to my indecisiveness, poor decision making skills and most of all my impulsiveness. This could not have come at a better time in my life. Just hit 50 and in the throws of a mid-life crisis, both profesionally and personally! Thank you again Michael, your work and website have been a Godsend to me….

  • Sflavius

    When I look around me I see the results of nothing but bad decisions! No one in my family that I know of has been married for more than five years at a time. I have witnessed tragedies in relationships, careers, even in choice of makeup and hairstyles gone terribly wrong. With that being said, I have also received good advice from random people that I’ve met along the way, but never have they been able to pin point how they make these decisions except for they got lucky or they had a gut feeling. I’ve never been giving knowledge on how to objectively make good decisions. This is the reason why I want a copy of this book!

  • http://fantasybaseballcrackerjacks.com/ Clave

    I have to admit that I’m skeptical that the decision making process can be reduced to a four step process with a clever acrostic, but I enjoyed the author’s other books. It seems like indeed to “Reality test my assumptions.”

  • Metric Manning

    What appeals to most about this book is the fact that I struggle making decisive decisions. I often get caught in the paralysis of analysis or I put it off until I have to make a decision. I’m in a new position at my church and it requires me to make A LOT of decisions, some immediate and some long term. I know a tool that helps me make effective decisions that benefit my church and my team, so that’s why I feel that this book would be a great & timely resource for me.

  • http://twitter.com/wls1961 Wanda Simpson

    would love to read this book. In the middle of a project where people are not in agreement and we need to look at the WRAP approach seriously!

  • Matt

    Confirmation bias totally makes sense. I see this all the time and am often guilty of it! Good to be more aware of it now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patburnsart Pat DeVane Burns

    The last four books I’ve read have come from your recommendations and they have been ‘spot on’ for me….The War of Art, Do the Work, The Dip, Working with Emotional Intelligence. This book sounds like another winner!

  • Shin

    It’s always good to have some help making difficult decisions.

  • Joseph

    Decision making has been the Achilles heel in my life. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you how often I find new and creative ways of making this process more difficult than it needs to be. If there is any new insight into what could be causing this and helpful steps to overcoming it, it would be an answer to prayer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Schramm/1593699310 Tony Schramm

    I have long been a believer in choices determining your path, in both my work and personal lives, and I look for tools to help me reinforce that to myself, those I work with and my friends and family. This book seems to be a great tool for that, and I look forward to reading it and incorporating the ideas into my interactions with others.

  • http://www.ivanhoesanchez.com Ivanhoe Sánchez

    Our life is made upon decisions, wether good or bad. Should I read this book or not? This is a yes yes yes.

  • Tobin Perry

    It’s interesting that the authors say “Prepare to be wrong.” I’m not sure most people are willing to consider that option!

  • http://susuworld.com Sue Allen

    Love the ethos of the new book Decisive. It would be awesome to help make the process second nature. Thanks Michael- great post as always. Sue

  • http://www.facebook.com/maximklin Kevin Lin

    The most appealing thing about this book is learning how to make confident AND sound decisions.

  • Robert English

    Decision making has been a part of my life through a career in the Army and then industry. I have seen and fallen to the villains over the years referred to in the book. I am always looking for ways to grow as a leader and am interested in the Heath’s process for better decision making. I wonder if they address decision implementation? Bad implementation of a good decision can have the same negative results as a bad decision. Or is that a subject for another book?

  • Tan

    I want a copy of book as i am interested in finding more about WRAP process and its implementation. It would be great to improve quality of my life with wise decisions.

  • ini Patrick

    Just learn the following from the book “Decisive”
    While making decisions. You should not do it based on emotions, have a careful understanding and ensure to always dig deep. Also that too much assumption is not good for a good decision making…

  • http://twitter.com/john_adair John Adair

    I would love this book. It can apply to my church and my marriage! Looking forward to getting a copy, free or not! Thanks for the offer.

  • Leslie H

    I moved into a new position in February where I find I am asked to make decisions, most affecting a large group of people, on almost a daily basis. Anything that will help me be more effective in decision making I’m all for! Thanks to your recommendations I’ve read a lot of good books and increased productivity with Nozbe, Evernote and the like. I expect this recommendation to be just as helpful. Thanks.

  • Norman Dunaway

    I am on the brink of having to make some big decisions that will effect my business life and also the life on my wife and daughters. I am “close” to the situation and therefore emotions are involved and I do need to see more clearly to make a more wise, objective decision. This book is very timely and just what the Doctor ordered!

  • http://www.stuffpastorslearn.com/ Eric Crisp

    I loved “Made to Stick” and can’t wait to get to this book. I pastor a church and often struggle to be confident in decisions. I would hope this book could be of help. Plus, a Michael Hyatt recommendation rarely goes wrong.

  • Ray Neu

    I work with ‘stories’ and every week I hear how the constructive use of stories makes a difference in how we live and think. I would love to read about the ‘sticky stories’ you mentioned to see how they might impact me as well as others, because good stories get retold…

  • http://twitter.com/TimRichterMorty Tim Richter- Morty

    As usual, your blog strikes a positive cord with my life plan and ways for me to continue to grow and expand my ministry. Thank you for another great referral!

  • Drew Peterson

    I can’t wait to check this book out!

  • kmccurdy

    As I continue to be intentional about my growth and leadership personally and professionally, I am constantly looking for tools to aide in that process and I feel this book will equip me with the necessary processes.

  • Tmarron

    Recent promotion increases the impact of making the right call. If Mike says it is good I need to read it.

  • Angie

    I think of myself as making good decisions but I’m recognizing lately that that’s only true on the local level with professional or work details. On a larger life scale my “win-loss” record is quite poor. I’d love to find out why that is!

  • Beth

    I’m fascinated by the decision-making process and how it works. I’m also at a bit of a crossroads with my business and would love some guidance on making better decisions. The book sounds great. If the other Heath brothers books are any indication, it should be.

  • http://www.dljordaneku.com/ Darrell Jordan

    Work choices. Am I where I am need to be? If I need to make a chance I want to make sure I make the best decision.

  • Dick Hardy

    I serve as a consultant for Lead Pastors. Many of their “pastor” hearts resist making decisions, particularly tough ones. I want to read it, review it, and share it with pastors.

  • http://www.brianhagman.com/ Brian Hagman

    Making better decisions can transform every aspect of a person’s life. I read “Made to Stick” a few years ago which is written by the Heath’s and can’t wait to get a copy of this one as well.

  • LeonardMack

    We all make so many decisions in life and any process that can help us make a better decision is defintely something I want to know about. I think the point of emotional attachment is very valid and sometimes we need to step back and look at the choices in order to make the proper decision.
    I cannot wait to read this book!

  • Jose

    Jose
    Well, what about when decision is already made? How do you stick to that decision? Making the decision is one thing, keeping it is harder.

  • Sally Ferguson

    The appealing thing about this book is that it resonates with my current status. My dad is in poor health and it seems like my best alternative is to resign my low-paying job to stay home with him. This feels like an emotional decision, but I want to be the one to take care of him. I think the book would help me be more objective. Very interesting review.

  • http://twitter.com/reallyasa Asa Veek

    “Made to Stick” was a good book. While the steps seem to be simple, but not simplistic, that’s exactly the kind of coaching I need.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmlew518 Ryan Lewis

    With getting married in a few months, I’ve become aware that my decisions are not only for my life anymore. When I make a choice, I don’t just have the consequences to myself, but I also have a spouse (and someday a family) that will suffer/benefit. Every choice is one step down a bad path or a good path.

  • Kelly Bennett

    Huge fan of the authors, voracious reader and I’m totally guilty of confirmation bias – I love finding just the right data point to “prove” my point!

  • Joe Stickel

    Michael,
    I read Switch as part of a leadership course at work.
    I found the Heath brothers’ ideas very easy to understand, and I identify with
    their point of view.
    The decisions we make are important because our lives are the sum of our decisions. I want a copy of the book because I’m anxious to read their take on why we make the decisions we do, and I want to share their philosophy with my readers.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • http://twitter.com/iscottbrock Scott Brock

    Sounds like the book I need to read. I stuggle in making decisions in my own life. I have learned that reading great books open a whole new world and open you up to different options

  • Curtis

    Looking forward to reading “Decisive.” So appreciate the recommendations from you…still feel good after reading, “Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and me.” Beautiful story.

  • Matthew Moore

    I’m especially interested because most of our jobs these days are as analysts and decision makers. The value we typically provide is in our choices and how well we implement them. Anything that helps me get better at that is welcome!!

  • http://Columbusweightlifting.org/ Drew Dillon

    This is something I am always trying to get better at. Very interested in what this book has to say.

  • Deborah Owen

    What appeals to me about this book is the idea that there is a PROCESS to help you, especially when the decision in front of you is difficult, and/or of great consequence. This is an area where I have often struggled, so I am looking forward to getting my hands on this one!

  • http://twitter.com/wisemanb Barry Wiseman

    Looking at making a major decision within two months. It will be emotional and difficult to begin with! This book could help me navigate the process wisely.

  • http://harrisonjonathan.wordpress.com/ Jonathan Harrison

    Wow – another awesome book by the Heath brothers! I thought that Switch was incredible, and I cannot wait to read Decisive. I think I need a lot of help with #3 – the short term emotion influencing my choices.
    If this book is anything like Switch, it will be a life changer for me and how I make decisions.
    Thank you for sharing another awesome resource!

  • Terry Bennett

    From your brief synopsis, this book can help lead one to better decisions when faced with the choices of life.. The better choices one can make, the bigger difference he can make in his life and the lives of those around him. I look forward to reading it.

  • http://twitter.com/RecruitFriel Patrick Friel

    A framework for making better decisions is always of interest!

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  • John

    Amazing topic and one that is so key for us today. I look forward to reading this one by the Heath bros. I always enjoy your recommendations and have already forwarded a link to it to my management.

    All the best,
    John

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.hays2 Bill Hays

    I’m a fan of the Heath brothers and their previous works. Their book, Switch, is a must read for anyone involved in change management and I’ve given away a couple of cases when working on product conversions in hospitals. I suspect that Decisive will have even a greater impact and I’m looking forward to reading. Thanks Michael, for introducing this and thanks to the Heaths!

  • Burk

    Sounds like a good book. Can’t wait to get my hands on it ;)
    Thanks for the book review!

  • http://twitter.com/AndyLivers Andy Liversidge

    We make so many decisions in everyday life (some probably without even a second thought!) – Any resource to make this process better has to be a good thing. I look forward to reading more. Just from this post I’m going to WRAP more!

  • Kyle

    I manage several crews, managers, and resources. The pace at which I make decisions and deal with the results is very rapid. The Heaths seem to offer a welcome strategy to be decisive with a focus. I need to read this book and share their insights with my team

  • Julie Simcosky

    This would be a great read for our Church Staff. My husband as Senior Pastor has two young ministers without a lot of experiece in leadership. What a great book to read as a team to lead our changing congregation to make decisions for the future.

  • Jeff B.

    I’ve been a notoriously indecisive person., Looking for suggestions on how to change.

  • rogersowder

    This looks like a fantastic book! I’ve needed something like this for quite a while. As a pastor of a mid-size church with multiple staff, this book will offer some innovative strategies for our team. We make decisions that not only impact the organization, but impact the members. And many of our face to face decisions with members occur at crisis points or key life-transition points. I know this book would benefit my team.

  • http://twitter.com/jodyhagerty Jody Hagerty

    We make decisions on a daily basis. Leading an organization requires us to be sharp and ready to move. I’d like to see how they apply detaching yourself from the emotions of the situations.

  • http://woodliffglobal.com/ Kathy Woodliff

    Last week I read a Q&A by the Heath brothers in INC Magazine about their new book and wrote a blog post on the topic. I’m interested in reading the book and learning how my own decision-making process can improve. Thanks Michael, for laying out the framework of the book and sharing another great resource.

  • Eugene Rhee

    I have made a lot of bad decisions in my life and I try not to make them. I think I need a better framework in my decision-making and this book would look like it could help. Thanks for the tip.

  • Amanda

    Thanks for the ‘heads up’ Michael. I facilitate positive change (and coach) within the corporate world and various faith communities. I know many of the ‘decision making models’ but, frankly, on occasion have a hard time explaining them well to the groups I work with — especially the faith groups! They sound frightfully directive. In my own life I am SUCH an intuitive (and trust in it) that I feel The Heath Brothers’ book might just give me both the process AND the ‘sticky stories’ to enhance the work that I do — for my clients and for me! Loved their last book. Thanks again for the good work.

  • http://twitter.com/mikemessina mikemessina

    I think that the topic of making decisions is critical for all of us. We can all become victims of paralysis through over analysis. I am excited to dig into this great book.

  • http://twitter.com/CoachRyEstrella Ryan Estrella

    Decision is where everything starts, when there’s a firm and sure decision there will be a clear action. If there’s a book that will guide you or help you to make a much better decision to have a better result, it will be a great opportunity to have it.I want a copy of this book because I want to teach, I want to be a role model to the younger generation, I want to share this book with the younger generation so they wont start on the wrong foot..

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisFontana7 Chris Fontana

    So far every book that has been recommended to me by you, Michael, or through Platform U has been well worth the price…looking forward to getting my next one gratis! :). Seriously though, really like the concepts of this one…thanks for sharing the resource!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      What’s been your favorite recommend so far, Chris?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2349211 Kyle Musser

      You read my mind on this!

  • http://twitter.com/LifeWLess Life With Less

    Chip & Dan Heath’s writings reminded me of any book by Malcolm Gladwell from the first chapter of Switch. I really value their thoughts on how we think, or meta-thinking as I refer to it. Understanding our weaknesses will only allow us to make better decisions in the future.

  • davem

    anything they do to shed light on being able to see the “forest” when your in the “trees” (attain distance before deciding) would be most helpful.

  • http://twitter.com/BobWardSRQ Bob Ward

    I often wait until the last moment to make decisions and once made I am less than confident it my choices. I would like to make this weakness a strenght.

  • Philip

    The phrase I often use when trying to make a decision is “internal conflict.” I find I spend too much time weighing every single pro and con about every decision. This ends up costing me valuable time and in the end I’m not sure that I’m actually making better decisions because of it. So – I can imagine a book like this would help push me further down the road towards being able to make decisions in a healthy and timely manner. Thanks for the post…even if I don’t win a copy, I think I’d like to buy one!

  • http://twitter.com/nickimoore Nicki Webber Moore

    Eager to make this my next read. While I generally have made decent decisions, I always lack confidence in my decision-making – this could be a great help in that process! Thanks so much – Chip & Dan (and you) always add value!

  • Melissa W.

    Advice on decision making is always a good thing. Always growing and learning are an important part of self development and success.

  • Keith Marshall

    I love this kind of social economic Malcolm Gladwell type book. I recently heard Dan Health on a podcast. He’s a smart and interesting guy.

  • Noel Scheaffer

    According to my wife I am notoriously indecisive. I think I may agree, but I’m not sure. ;-) Seriously, this book would be valuable in changing that or at least navigating it better.

  • glenn7591

    WOW! Michael Hyatt’s brief synopsis of the book makes me desperate for more!! I especially want to investigate the Heath brothers’ insights on “spotlight thinking.” I’m sure that those closest to me hope I’ll learn and apply the wisdom regarding this critical issue. Blessings, my friends!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/judy.nickelson Judy Nickelson

    My 25-yr-old son is getting ready to make a career change decision. I want him to make the right one! I will get this book for him.

  • Terri

    As I read your summary of the book it is evident the Heath brothers have
    taken proven science (known as decision aid methodology) and adapted it to appeal to the general population. I can’t wait to read the book. I have been working in the social/health sector for over a decade offering decision aid support to clients with very positive results. Any decision with two or more options is considered complex and decisional conflict (uncertainty) is very common. The stages of decision making range from not thinking about the options (also common) to making a choice and taking steps forward. “Decisive” or quality decisions lead to higher satisfaction. I expect Decisive will offer insights and be a proven resource in my life and work.

  • Rux Bentley

    I think we can all benefit from learning to make better decisions. It sounds like something I could learn from, apply, and use it to invest in others.

  • Mchlldnswll

    I love the simplicity of the summary you gave and my husband openly says he has trouble making decisions.

    Since we are both launching businesses this year this would be a timely read for us both.

  • David Tunnicliffe

    Making decisions is critical to every day life, not just in my personal life, but also in my business world. As a young business and family man, I’m looking to further my education from seasoned professionals who have learned from others and from their own life experiences. I don’t want to be just a successful business leader, but I want to be able to lead my family in a way that will truly be a blessing for them; they deserve it more than anything.

  • Praveen Darole

    As a young pastor, I’m needed to make decisions all the time, or advise/council people to make the right decisions…just the section of your blog on the ’4 villains’ is revealing. We are in the process of change, and I believe that a resource like ‘Decisive’ will help me in the process…Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erik.butz Erik Butz

    I am interested in this book as I feel that being more clearly decisive on key issues is an area I need to grow in. I also have enjoyed other books by the brothers Heath so I’m sure this one will be similarly engaging!

  • Dick Hoffmann

    As our lives continually accelerate with the pace of the internet, social media, “big data” and the connection economy, quick and accurate decision-making becomes more and more important. Based on what you said, Michael, the Heath brothers have outlined a process to cause less fingers in the wind and more pointing in the right direction. Can’t wait to read it.

  • Mary Shumar

    I often say, “You make your decisions one at a time; based on the facts you have at the moment.” I like the idea of a decision-making framework for the decisions life puts in front of us daily. I think the book will offer valuable, “apply-able” advice. And I can decide if I need to revamp my traditional response!

  • http://www.facebook.com/christianese77 Christian Evangelista

    This book couldn’t have come at a better time. I admit that I keep making flawed decisions because of how I am emotionally attached to one solution. I hope I get to snag this book. thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/glentastic Glen Mullins

    I often get overwhelmed when facing complex decisions, and I tend to get stuck. I often move forward only when a deadline demands it, and I know I’m not making the best decisions at that point. The reason this book appeals to me – and the reason why I’d like a copy – is to learn how to make better decisions, as well as how to recover better from a poor decision.

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    Although this looks like an interesting book, I would not buy it for a couple of reasons. 1. Over the years I’ve learned that most self-help books only tell me things I already know. They don’t work until I have already discovered the concept for myself through experience. 2. People who have been divorced and often to no fault of their own, and not based on a “bad decision” get really tired of hearing how they make bad decisions and that is how you open your post. That might turn many potential readers away.

  • chris p

    I would like to give the book to my wife. She recently just got out of the military.

  • Mary Banas

    Have made many a bad decision because I did not fully grasp all the perspectives of that decision. The principles in this book bring me hope for future decisions.

  • Don Welton

    I am at a crossroads…I have been out of work for a little while and picking up some additional skills to build on…do I try for a lessor job to get employed..or do I launch out with a business of my own…DECISIONS…I would love some unbiased direction, ideas, thoughts.
    Thanks!

  • Ginger

    I am at a crossroads in my life and feel stuck because I’m afraid of making the wrong decision(s). It sounds like this book would be a great read for me as I sort through the pro’s and con’s, emotions and fear in this decision- making process. Thank you for bring it to the forefront :)

  • Polly Johnson

    I ran across this book before on Amazon, but your post really got me interested. I studied confirmation bias and other cognitive and perceptual biases in grad school. So I am always interested in that topic. But then, what really grabs me in your description of this book is the WRAP process! We can not only learn what our tendencies are, but also some strategies for managing those tendencies. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Thanks :)

  • Joey O’Connor

    In leading teams of artists and creatives, I can be guilty of coming up with too many of ideas. What I have learned, mainly through mistakes, is that there is a huge difference between a good idea and a great idea.

    This book looks invaluable for myself, our board of directors and the artists we serve…better decision-making will help us stay focused on our mission and top priorities.

  • http://www.billzipp.com/ Bill Zipp

    For me the most difficult thing is attaining distance. I “fall in love” with a decision or a course of action so readily and cling to it passionately. Clearly, apathy is not the alternative, but blind emotion has led me into more than a few bad alternatives.

  • http://www.EnergyManagementInsider.com/ Bill Allemon

    Thank you for posting this review, Michael. I’ve been considering purchasing this book and your review has helped me identify the value. I actually would like a copy of the book for two reasons; I prior boss of mine was terrible at making decisions and exhibited most of the traits identified as problems by the authors. I’d like to learn more about why his decision process was so flawed. Also, I hope to soon begin a new job in a leadership position and am looking for a fresh perspective on the decision making process. Again, many thanks for the post and the chance to get a copy of Decisive.

  • phildarke

    Great decision making is core to being a great leader and I have always really liked how the Heath brothers communicate complex concepts with great stories and simplicity. I’m sure that this book is no different and I, too, would love to share it with my team after reading it.

  • TC Spear

    Too Narrow of Focus: I’m such a creature of habit, and regularly find myself projecting and planning projects for the future based on a simple extension of what I am doing today. Yet the greatest changes, and accomplishments in my life resulted from radical occurences that were far outside my planning, or natural comfort zone. How do we save our futures from narrow thinking!?!

  • Steve Reed

    Oh to make better decisions! I guess we can’t be right all the time, but it would be nice to be right more often.

  • Gil

    This is a major problem in my life. Sounds like a must read.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.h.huey Lisa Hart Huey

    OK, I am really interested in reading this book. The previous book by Dan and Chip Heath, Made to Stick, was excellent. It contained so many practical pieces of advice that could be applied to so many professions. Now, I have seen some advance excerpts from Decisive, and I believe that it will be another winner. The whole concept of decision making is such an important one. Who among us isn’t faced almost daily with the need to make decisions, both large and small, some of which may determine the course of our lives?

  • MichaelBehmer

    I found the Heath brother’s last book “Make it stick” a new stellar approach to managing and their work has made a lasting impact on me as a speaker and trainier. I am interested in how they present decision making and in true Heath form, uncover inspiring nuggets that will transform the paradigm of “react and recover” decision making both interpersonally and intrapersonally.

  • Laurel M.

    I am excited to get this for my husband (and me) to read! Thanks for the synopsis!

  • sogwac

    Hopefully this book will help me start making the right decisions.. rather than what I have seem to have done for the rest of my life

  • Nate Binder

    This is a book i definitely need to read

  • Brad Beck

    Thanks, Michael! Excited to read this book. I think quality decision making is an absolutely fundamental skill that many leaders have neglected to develop.

  • http://twitter.com/johnwaldo John Waldo

    I love Dan and Chip Heath! I use their works so often in my consulting work. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to get a copy of this!

  • Lisa

    I almost didn’t leave a comment. I couldn’t decide what to write. Guess I could use the book, “Decisive”!

  • Pauline Sheehan

    Decisions! Some decisions need urgency, some need a group, some need research. What attracted me to Decision: How to make better choices in life and work was overcoming ghte obstacles that we face.

  • http://twitter.com/AndreaAresca Andrea Aresca

    Happy to realize I am not the only one who is bad in making decisions…
    I definitely need to read this book! I am conviced that making good decisions is the key to reach my desired destinations in life.
    Another reason I want this book is that I am sure that the authors did again a great job!

  • http://CraigDesmarais.com/ Craig Desmarais

    I am always looking for ways to refine my decision making process. Learning what to focus on and what not to is an important quality especially for leaders. This book looks amazing and I;m sure it is chock full of wisdom.

    I actually wrote a post recently about making good decisions here: http://bit.ly/making-good-decisions

  • http://mauricefoverholt.wordpress.com/ Maurice F. Overholt

    I would love a copy because I can definitely become too emotionally attached while making a decision. I am also someone who can have a pretty narrow focus.

  • Matthew

    I’ve heard it said that, for executives, it’s rarely about choosing between a bad idea and a good idea. It’s about being able to tell a good idea from an even better idea, to make those 51/49 decisions in favor of 51, every time. I need this book because I won’t survive in my career if I don’t learn to make the best decision, every time.

  • http://twitter.com/3PointWisdom Coach Cain

    As a coach, we talk about decisions on the basketball floor EVERY day with our players, but I find I’m saying the same things with my kids and co-workers. I recently addressed decision-making lessons in basketball and how they relate to issues in life and faith at http://www.3pointwisdom.com I’m anxious to read another perspective!

  • Mike Briggs

    Who wouldn’t want to be able to make better decisions. I would love to have this book. I have to make decisions everyday.

  • Carlos

    I was recently interviewed for a position where I will be the one to make important desisions for the organization. Honestly, I wold love to be able to learn the concepts that this book offers in order to make better desisions which is why I would love to have it. Hopefully I can recommend my team to read it as well.

  • http://twitter.com/KWaalen Kyle Waalen

    This book appeals to me because there are probably areas of my life where I need to make better choices and don’t even realize it. I’d like to read this book so I can learn to improve the decisions that I make and improve my life. Every day is filled with choices that affect where we go in life, and I want to make sure I follow the best path for me and my goals. Thank you for sharing this book with us.

  • Lisa Robins

    I find that many times executives I coach are often invested in “their” decision as opposed to the best or right decision for the team they manage. This appears especially true in their personal lives when all can be falling apart at the seams and the pursuit of sticking with an initial decision professionally can have disastrous effects professionally. I am excited at the prospect of further details of the authors decision making “process” and to see how this can be utilized to assist those I coach.

  • Robert Cooney

    The Heath Brothers always write amazing books! Made to Stick changed how I teach; Switch has me on the lookout for positive outliers. Can’t wait to read what they’ve discovered next!

  • Tim Barnes

    A major part of leadership is making decisions. It’s my desire to always be growing and becoming a better leader. Making better decisions is has to be part of it. Thanks for the resources that you share.

  • Joshua Conn

    This book appeals to me because as a lead pastor of a rapidly growing new church plant, all I do all day is make decisions. Whether it is how to spend money, who to hire, what building we will meet in next, or what strategic partnership we need to build to reach the city, I am constantly looking for guidance in how to make decisions. i can’t to get my hands on this tool!

  • A Wilbanks

    Looking forward to this book. “Switch” and “Made to Stick” were both great. I think we all could use some help in making better decisions with our emotions and confidence in check.

  • Seth

    Michael, Thanks for introducing me to this book. This sounds like an outstanding resource & I can’t wait to read it and put it into practice in my work and personal life. Thanks for adding value to myself and many others!

  • http://www.laurenphelpscoaching.com/ Lauren Phelps

    I always want to improve my decision making. I tend to get caught up in the short-term emotions! In general, Michael, you recommend great things, so I trust your opinion!

  • JRC

    4 concept 4 solutions I like it!

  • NathanAClaycomb

    We make decisions everyday. What should I wear? How much coffee do I need today? What is the best way to express this difficult course correction with a team member? Some of these decision points are obvious, while others, quite subtle. I’m intrigued by the subject and how decisions can change the course of our day, our work, our lives. I would like to receive this book to not only study the concept and learn how to make better decisions, but to share the ideas with my peers. Thank you.

  • Lucille Zimmerman

    I read Chip and Dan’s book, “Made to Stick” and when it came out about seven years ago. It’s still one of my favorite books and I still routinely tell people a dozen stories that come from the book. Proof that it stuck! The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the title because I kept wanting to call it, “Make it Stick.” I love the cover image though. I would read anything those to write. They are an incredible team.

    • Lucille Zimmerman

      I mean, “…those two write.”

  • sumitha

    I like the previous books by the Heath brothers and was looking forward to this one since making decisions is something I definitely could use help with. Getting a free copy of the book will be awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/JennCrossPLS Jennifer Cross

    I work with new professionals and college students, including many who struggle with decision-making. This generation entering the workforce has relied on mom and dad to make their decisions for them and they need to be taught concrete tools and steps to help them become proficient with this critical skill. This sounds like a great read for them.

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  • Moses

    Since decision is a daily event and progress depends on it, I would love to read the book so as to grasp fully the WRAP process and afterwards make sound decisions.

  • Alvin C. Miles

    I teach Executive MBA students at Kennesaw State University in Metro Atlanta about how to increase their influence by making better decisions and taking action. Since I try to get them focused on both their personal and professional lives, this book could help me to help them through the framework of WRAP! This subject and book will really make an impact for our audience.

  • http://www.tammyhelfrich.com/ Tammy Helfrich

    I have seen this book multiple times now. I love the idea of learning to make better, more impactful decisions.

  • David Tharp

    I’m looking forward to this book because I really enjoyed Made to Stick, and while I am conscious of my confirmation bias, I am always looking for methods and tips to step back from my pre-conceived notions.

  • http://twitter.com/KerryRF Kerry Gallagher

    From making major business decisions to the choosing an item on the menu at The Cheesecake Factory; indecisiveness for me has been, at times, debilitating! I NEED this book.

  • Johnna Artzner

    I can see this book as such a great asset in the work of the church. In ministry, we too often can fall prey to this thinking as well. We can have too narrow of focus. We can fall into confirmation bias. We can get caught in short-term emotion. We can be guilty of overconfidence. Looking at it through the lens of being Jesus-followers and disciples who make disciples, putting the WRAP method into action is directly applicable.

  • Ed Burke

    I am a chair of several peer advisory groups and this is the value of such groups. I would like to read this book to incorporate this thinking/process into my groups.

  • CNFerrell

    CNFerrell What appeals to me is the title and the fact that you recommend it!

  • AngCat

    This sounds like a fantastic book. I’m 46 years old and realizing how entrenched I am in habits learned even back in childhood. They are innate. My horizons need widening and I’m seeing that there are a thousand different and better ways to do things; both for my family and for the small business I run. If this can help me put the emotions on the back burner and make truth based decisions, then count me in.
    If this will help me utilize the many strengths of the volunteers on our team better, then yes, this is a book I want on my shelf. Thank you for making this available. Enjoying the great content on your blog.

  • http://twitter.com/wkshabzz Kay Shabazz

    I find many times that it is distractions that often interfere with my ability to make effective decisions. The reality is that I am not going to be ‘gifted’ any additional hours in the day, so I am interested in learning and applying the information I could learn from the Heath brothers in the book.

  • http://leadright.wordpress.com/ Brent Dumler

    I like step #3…”Attain distance before deciding.” This avoids rushing into a decision too quickly, while allowing for information to be chewed on and digested by all. This is probably why many companies try to ruch changes/agendas through quickly…because they sense resistance within the team. Can I just say, not having total alignment of big decisions within a team should be a huge indicator that a ‘major win’ is probably not on the horizon. Thanks for sharing this resource, Michael.

  • http://twitter.com/CurtisOFletcher Curtis O. Fletcher

    I found both Switch and Made to Stick practical and insightful and read both on recommendations from other people. Since you’re recommending this one I anticipate the read will be equally valuable.

  • bigbutbald

    I often need to make decisions for my small business. I don’t have any specific system to think through that process, but go somewhat on what feels right. This book would be fantastic!

  • David Smallman

    This book sounds really appealing right now in my life because I am at a crossroads in my ministry career and need to make some major decisions regarding the future of my family. I intend to read it whether or not I win a copy because I am seeking council and wisdom from many sources and based on your recommendation I believe this would qualify as a great source of council for decision making.

  • Brooke James

    This book appeals to me because I supervise 11 young women who travel the country as leadership consultants. They are constantly working with college students on being better leaders and make better decisions. This could be a book that we use in our organization to not only make better decisions ourselves but to help teach college student leaders to make better decisions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/UHVSBDCTrainingCoordinator Jean Smith

    Decisions are sooo important. From the review, it is so clear how this book can help you make better decision! I would like to make better decisions.

  • Mike

    I’m encouraged by the process description; this looks very interesting!

  • http://ReWritingDad.com/ Chad Miller

    I’ve recently been found guilty of all four villains of decision making. Though I’ve learned from my errant decision, it has left a wake of mistrust and disappointment. We’re all just one bad decision away from devastation, right? For this reason, Decisive appeals to me as I continue to re-focus and gain clarity while moving forward and strengthening relationships.

  • tony

    emotions and lack of time to make careful decisions, a bad mix towards healthy decision making

  • http://twitter.com/daveh551 Dave Hanna

    I certainly fall in with the majority as far as making bad decisions. I think that may be one of the reasons we Christians tend to put so much energy into “seeking God’s will” – we don’t like the responsibility of making decision under uncertainty. Maybe this book will help!

    • http://harrisonjonathan.wordpress.com/ Jonathan Harrison

      Dave, great insight. I know I have been guilty of this in the past.
      It was not until I understood that planning, strategy, and decision making were about good stewardship that everything finally clicked!

  • smuddles

    I would love a copy of this book! I am a very indecisive person by nature but am in a director position at work. I am realizing I need to be better at making decisions not just for work but also in my own life. I think this book would help me be more intentional while I’m still younger!

  • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

    I got an advance copy of Decisive from the Heath brothers, and you have to get a copy! Our department at work has been reading through it together and we reference it daily. Chip and Dan are probably the best writers in this genre; reading is like eating potato chips-it’s hard to stop.

  • JaneR

    I’m a big fan of Chip and Dan Heath because they have their fingers on the pulse of current business issues. They spoke to me in ‘Made to Stick’ and ‘Switch’, and I think the message behind Decisive is a timely topic from which we all can derive benefit. Michael, thanks for the review. You’ve piqued my interest a little bit more about this latest Heath offering. I can’t wait to read the book!

  • Alec Watson

    I read your last recommendation – “Fred 2.0″ – a great read and I recommend it to others. The appeal for me in this newest recommendation is how we can go about bringing better clarity in our personal decision making without over-analyzing ourselves – finding the magic spot between the “four villains” and “analysis paralysis”.

  • http://twitter.com/LungeloFako TOKELO FAKO

    within only 25 years of living I have made decisions and choice i wouldnt really want my siblings nor my children(if i ever get to have them) know or even commit.. Reason for desiring to have this book is because maybe I am hoping to find a decision process that willty a good or even more excellent outcome… in the future.. fingers crossed

  • http://twitter.com/johnmbcfhm john friesen

    I make many decisions daily that affect the lives of our team members as well as the experience of our guests. The four points you outlined resonated truth with me and so digging deeper will be wise.

  • Mike Van Hoozer

    Excellent post, Michael! The Heath brothers have a great talent for distilling complex ideas into simple and practical wisdom. Thanks for the review and your commitment to idea sharing!

  • http://michaelramm.tumblr.com michaelramm

    I have read Made to Stick and Switch and I am anxiously awaiting Decisive to be released!!

  • Will Stern

    This book looks as good as the previous two. Making a Decision is a lost skill today. I teach college students and will be teaching a leadership class this summer. I would love to share ideas from their book.

  • http://twitter.com/micahpattisall Micah Pattisall

    I want a copy to clarify my thinking on decisions. Approaching age 40 seems to bring great clarity to past bad decisions, but it’s always difficult to not repeat the same mistakes. Concepts seem to mesh with Kahneman’s ideas in Thinking Fast and Slow. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • http://twitter.com/TrudiLowryCo Trudi Lowry & Co

    Perfect timing for me to hear about such a well needed book!

  • http://www.brainwads.net/drewhawkins Drew Hawkins

    I’m a huge fan of Chip and Dan Heath’s books. Their wisdom is good but the application they provide is typically the most helpful thing.

    In the WRAP process, the hardest part will most likely be the “prepare to be wrong” stage. It’s not easy to admit when we don’t know something or misjudged something – even admitting it to ourselves.

    • http://harrisonjonathan.wordpress.com/ Jonathan Harrison

      Drew – you are spot on about the application!

      • http://www.brainwads.net/drewhawkins Drew Hawkins

        Wisdom is nothing without next steps. It’s why they’re so successful I think.

  • Paula Lecher

    I can see myself in all four, but two really stand out when it comes to making decisions. I am guilty of the “four villains” when it comes to making decisions. Number two, I always try to get as much information as I can to “confirm” my believe and it has backfired on me a lot. I should be more open minded and explore my options better. Number three, I let my emotions get in the way and then it becomes a tug a war with my brain. My biggest fear is making the wrong decision so I end up procrastinating to long. I would love to read this book and learn how to make better decisions and share this book with my team, I have a young staff that will have a lot of decisions to make on their journey and I like to pass on anything that can make a difference in helping them and myself grow. I can not wait to read this new book. Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/JM_Wright J.M. Wright

    I suck with Decisions. Would be a great book for me.

  • Karl Mealor

    This book appeals to me because of my daughter (one of five daughters) who will graduate from high school next year. She is in the process of making several decisions about college, majors, and careers. I would love to read this book along with her.

  • PhilGreely

    In real estate sales, I’m constantly making quick decisions in negotiations. Sounds like a good strategy to employ.

  • http://twitter.com/chriswidner Chris Widner

    Taking a deeper look at the decisions I make, why I make them, and how I make them sounds awesome, especially as I venture out on some things for the first time.

  • http://twitter.com/revaliceM Rev Alice N-Mulenga

    reading articles on blue print for life makes me expectant that the book on decision making will also contribute to my becoming an effective servant of God.

  • Nimimi

    The title speaks to an area i have struggled with for many years – 4 decades and counting. any help i can get in this area is a huge blessing.

  • Curt A

    While I usually make good decisions, I would like to have a more efficient process which I can teach my children. “Decisive” seems to describe that process.

  • http://www.mcarthurscript.com/ Chris McArthur

    I am 30 years old and have found that I am still very indecisive. There are still moments in my life where I do not understand what decision to make (still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up). I feel I often fall under the confirmation bias, and often times I will give in to the negative confirmation. Meaning, I am apt to believe the decision in the wrong decision based off some previous mistake or wrong. I would love to read the book, because it is time in my life to be more decisive for my wife, my family, myself, and for God.

  • Paul Carter

    #4 – Overconfidence is truly my area of shortcoming. I do some research, find what I believe to be the “bottom line” and am confident that I am right. That’s when the ground starts eroding around me! Your description of the contents of this new book has kindled a desire to read it and overcome (or at least tame) my overconfidence.

  • http://twitter.com/erickstephen Erick Rodriguez

    I would like to understand why I make the decisions I make and then learn how to make better decisions for myself, family, and career.

  • http://twitter.com/campbelld72 Darin Campbell

    I have been wrestling with some career decisions I’ve made recently. To understand the decision-making process better would be incredibly helpful to me as I chart my future. I hope I win a copy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jesseamanda.mook Jesse Amanda Mook

    We all have times that we make mistakes. Unfortunately too many of those fell to close together in our families life. Looking forward to seeing where somethings went wrong and how to improve my chances of making the best choice in the future.

  • Kathy @agentleanswer

    This appeals to me because…I make decisions…sometimes every day! ( smiling) I want a copy because…same reason!

  • http://www.christenberry.org/ Matthew Christenberry

    Dave Ramsey teaches in EntreLeadership that the amount of time it takes to make a decision should be directly proportional to the risk involved with making the wrong decision. This books sounds exactly up my alley for dealing with those decisions with a large amount of risk!

  • EmbraceEveryday

    Sounds like another great personal development resource!

  • Ray Strauss

    Decisions, decisions, decisions. As the point man of two organizations, my decisions have significant impact on the people I serve and work with and as a steward of that responsibility, I want to render the absolute best judgement for them possible. Decisive appears to be the right tool for that job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.whitt.54 Keith Whitt

    I’m trying to decide what to put in my comment. Obviously, I need help making decisions :-)

  • itsGreenberg

    can’t decide if I should do this or not ~ because there’s only 50 free copies and I’m a little late in the game this morning. However what can it hurt? Maybe I should think about it a while longer.

  • Chris Humphrey

    With the complete overload of information these days, cutting through the clutter and overcoming paralysis by analysis is getting harder and harder. I see this book as a great tool toward action.

  • Dawn LeBlanc

    Making decisions plauges and paralyzes me. I will check this out and look for insight as to how I might look differently at making decisions I love how often you post about the very thing that is on my mind!

  • Michael Ray Hopkin

    I completely agree that making decisions is one of the most difficult things everyone has to face. By definition, ‘decision’ means to cut off, to push everything else aside and go with one thing. That’s really scary for most people.

    The thing that most appeals to me about this article and book is having a process that works time after time. I can’t wait to read the book and blog about it on leadonpurposeblog.com.

    thanks,
    -Michael

  • http://twitter.com/singinglights singinglights

    I concur with the statement, “that our brains are flawed instruments.” This fact has been reflected in my own life. As my daughter prepares to enter high school, I would like to teach her a better way to make good decisions, and this book sounds like a great tool. Thank you for bringing it to our attention!

  • http://www.toddchobotar.com/ Todd Chobotar

    I like the premise of the book. I always can learn to make better decisions. Especially when it comes to work issues. Plus, I’ve read 2 other books by the authors “Switch” and “Made to Stick” and found great value in each. Can’t wait to read this one.

  • Ronda Conger

    Knee jerk was I must read anything by The Chip and Dan Show (Talk Dirty). The other obvious glaring reason is to make better choices which in turn leads to a better life. Pretty simple math.

  • Teresa A

    My husband and I are small busines owners and are always seeking out new resources. We have recently expanded our business to close to three times it’s original size. It sounds as if this book would be freat for us as well as everyone on our team.

  • Eric

    What a great post regarding decision making. So often do we hastily jump onto a problem or situation and make a decision without stepping away from it. It’s definitely opened my eyes to problem solving and challenging myself to take the perspective of looking from the outside in. Great post Michael!

  • http://www.LaurindaOnLeadership.com/ Laurinda Bellinger

    I’ve been reading George Bush’s book “Decision Points” which is really about making decisions in complex situations. I’m getting a lot out of that book. This feels like a good follow-up to that book. Anyway to improve decision making will help me out. There are times I feel like I have ‘decision fatigue.’ I need to fight that.

  • Ronmitch2

    The book sounds like s good read, the last one was at least. Everyone makes decisions and not making one is a decision after all.

  • http://twitter.com/JavinProctor Javin Proctor

    Love any book that will help me grow. Also could potentially do a sermon series off this!

  • http://twitter.com/samsonvarughese Samson Varughese

    I am responsible weekly for decisions that effect not just my team, but several hundred families and volunteers. I’m always looking for perspective on how to be more assertive and decisive while still making intelligent decisions, which will help people and grow our church.

  • Amanda

    I am at a place in my life right now where there are many new decisions to make. I believe that a process for making decisions would be extremely helpful.

  • Salvador Ortiz

    As I progress in life, making good decisions is a key to life. I believe in always sharpening my skills and learning from others mistakes. I have utilized Michaels concepts daily, they are extraordinary!

  • Tom Mabie

    Sorry, I lost my comment while trying to sign in. Maybe next time.

  • http://twitter.com/HelmutWagabi Helmut Wagabi

    Better decisions are essential for a better life.

  • Holly Fisher

    The Heath brothers are great. Really enjoy their work and insights so would love to read this latest book of theirs!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lori.l.smith.777 Lori Luton Smith

    Agree on the four villians (there are likely many more) but not sure GOOD decision making can be broken down so easily, into “quick and easy steps.” It’ll be interesting to read and I hope they’ve flushed out their four ideas for good decision making thoroughly. Decisive appeals to me because who doesn’t want to make better decisions – for me, the over-analyzer, I often delay making decisions for fear of making the wrong decision; which is a poor decision in and of itself!

  • Tom

    I heard Dan speak at a conference last September and have been waiting for this book to be published. I cannot wait to read it.

  • Andy Willingham

    I help businesses make decisions around information security risk everyday. It’s not always easy to convince others why they should do some things that seem to go against the norm. Being a better decision maker myself will also enable me to help others make better decisions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy7553 Kathy Smith

    this books sounds fabulous… would love to have the opportunity to read it and take the concepts for a spin in real life….. Kathy

  • Kevin Tordoff

    Dan and Chip have consistently put out thought provoking content that have help sharpen my skills as a marketer for a non-profit.The need to make timely and effective decisions only increases with the pace technology is driving us.

  • Karen Louise

    I am currently unemployed and looking at new career options. I so want to avoid getting locked into the circle of doubt that is plaguing me. This book would be such a blessing to open the decision-making process to move forward.

  • http://twitter.com/dutchbarns5 Brad Ball

    My position of leadership and gift of exhortation makes it beneficial to be able to pass along information in a nutshell. I like the looks of this book outline and I plan to purchase it if the give away goes to other people. Thank your for your emails and for writing the book Platform, they do me great good.

  • Kevin Smith

    I have always struggled with knowing how to make the right decisions and would love to have some professional guidance to improve this area of my life. I would like to then share this with my son who is in college so he can make better decisions before he starts his career.

  • Barbara Taylor

    As a business broker, I work with business owners who are making one of the most difficult decisions of their adult life: how and when to leave the business they’ve built. If you want to see poor decision-making at its best/worst, all you need to do is watch business owners grapple with this issue. I read many books of this nature in my ongoing effort to help clients, and would love to add “Decisive” to my library.

  • Michelle

    I’m at the cusp of having to make a lot of really big decisions over the next few months, so it would really be great to have the tools and guidance to make the best possible decisions.

  • Wanda Edwards

    Even if I don’t win a copy, I will read this book. I am currently serving as the interim director of a large library system. We have many decisions to make regarding purchases, programs and more. We need some guidance when making tough choices.

  • http://twitter.com/Jam35Bitter James M. Bitter

    My Dear Mr. Hyatt,

    My name is James Bitter, and I blog at businiche.com.

    Over the last 12 months I have started the process of turning my life around:

    I got on a budget with the help of Dave Ramsey.

    I started a WordPress blog with your help.

    I started believing in the possibility of change with Dan Millers help.

    And I’m in the process of transitioning from my day job to my dream job with Jon Acuff’s help.

    I have been helping the under/unemployed in my church congregation to find work for the last several years, and decided to take that on the road as a professional Employment Coach.

    I have found that most people know what they want to do but are afraid to “Pull the Trigger” so I made that the tag line and call to action of my business and every blog post:

    “Find Your Niche and Pull the Trigger!”

    I am doing all that I can to encourage people in their various fields, and with your blog, book and podcast (as well as those mentioned above) I am learning how.

    I have already begun to reap the blessings of intentional living, and I am doing and reading everything I can to continue that growth, and pass it on to others.

    If I am selected I will implement the decisive strategies you endorsed in this book and will pass them on to everyone I help.

    If I am not selected, I will likely do the same anyway.

    Your council has always been helpful and your book was a game changer in my life.

    Thank you for all that you do, and may The Lord continue to bless you as your service continues to bless others.

    Sincerely,

    James Bitter.

  • Taylor B Meador

    Wow, this sounds like a book I’ve been waiting for all my life! At 23 years-old it seems as though the world thought I should have it all together by now…they thought wrong! I have many decisions to make and seem to often get myself caught in a state of analysis-paralysis and end up not taking any steps in any direction. We all know that any moving and shaking is better than sitting dormant but lets face it, not doing anything often seems more relaxing than doing something; but I know that time of relaxation will soon be consumed with panic.

    I would love to know HOW to make the right decisions and make them more quickly! Thanks Michael for this great opportunity!

  • http://www.facebook.com/drmikechapman Mike Chapman

    As a senior pastor of a midsized church, I fully understand the impact of the decisions we make. I have said often in my messages that destiny is not determined so much by our position, our power, or our wealth. Our destiny is determined by our decisions. Life consists of a series on decisions that determine our future.

  • Jmurski

    I plan to share it with my husband who tends to make impulsive decisions. I trusty your judgement. If you say it’s worth the read, then I’m sure it is.

  • http://twitter.com/wheretigerswill Will Laohoo

    I’ve yet to see a book on your blog that doesn’t pique my interest, but this one would certainly be a great addition to my repertoire at this time. As a national officer of a Christian non-profit organization, my decisions have some pretty big implications, especially since I deal with the organization’s funds. This book could help guide me in making wise decisions that will help us to move forward.

  • Conor Cusack

    Would love to know if the Heath brothers would consider publishing a version for teens and youth, as Steve Covey did with the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens

  • LMMW

    My decisions impact my team at work, my family at home and even my community through my volunteer work. To be able to bring a bit of clarity to my decisions and, in turn, help others to learn, would be most excellent.

  • http://blog.bryanmcanally.com Bryan

    This book appeals to me because I believe that every church is responsible for making decisions that impact the people who come behind the current generation…good, bad or otherwise. I’d like a copy to explore how I can help our church make the best decisions to most benefit those who aren’t here yet, establishing a legacy of wisdom,discernment and decisive action.

  • http://somewiseguy.com/ ThatGuyKC

    While I believe I am a decisive person I don’t always make the best decisions. I’m often driven by impulse and emotion or incorrect assumptions. Proof of that is a $50,000 MBA that I finished 2 years ago that still has yet to begin providing any ROI.

    I have dreams of writing, speaking and be involved in ministry, but I want to go about it in the wisest way possible. I think my decision making process needs an alignment and Decisive sounds like a great book to start down that path.

    If I’m not selected I will probably pick it up anyway. :)

  • Doug Grant

    I like the summary of the book and am interested to read about the four villains, and also how an awareness of those villains can potentially negatively impact the decision-making process (e.g. indecision…)

  • Tom Spinoso

    The content looks great – my goal is to consume and pass along the knowledge!

  • Kimberly Schafer

    I’m a psychology student and looking for a career in public speaking after several years of churning technology products, and it’s interesting to me how we can make better long-term decisions that reflect who and how we truly are, and have more successes and fewer regrets in life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenk57 Ken Kessler

    I know that the Heath brothers have more powerful insights to help me as I seek better ways to make more decisive decisions and help others with the same.

  • Dick Wallace

    The model process coincides closely to that of Peter Drucker– who famously said about decision making–”you never have a ‘case for’ until you have a ‘case against’. If someone does not get the well thought out ‘case against’ for a particular intended course of action, they are automatically dooming themselves to a bad decision and outcome.

  • Matt Cline

    i have grown as a person so much from a lot of the advice given here especially the life map. Working in full time ministry means I have to make a lot of decisions that affect others and need to be able to consider others but not just depend on their opinions

  • http://seekoutwisdom.blogspot.com Joseph Iliff of SeekOutWisdom

    I have very good analysis skills. I can use logic and rational thinking to process information with great speed, almost too fast. But, often I need that emotional confirmation that what I think is the right decision really is. And, that is much harder. If I can’t feel right about my best candidate for “the right decision” quickly, I begin to second guess myself. I get stuck in the paralysis of analysis. This book sounds like it would have practical actions I could take to improve my decision making skills.

  • jody

    I am tackling making decisions right now. When I saw that our newspaper publisher mentioned your name in his column, I knew I needed to read your latest post. Thanks for telling us about this book.

  • Ben

    I work in Higher Education, and we constantly have to make decisions about a number of different things relating both to the school and the students we work with. And everything that I’ve read/heard from you has been fantastic!

  • Daniel

    I am an architect so I am constantly having to make decisions based on a variety of inputs from numerous sources. Having a “method” to help in deciding what is the best decision is an intriguing concept. One I would really like to take a shot at.

  • Bly

    I can always improve my decision making, no doubt

  • http://twitter.com/jimhamlett Jim Hamlett

    I suffered from a lack of guidance when I was in college. From my perspective, that cost me several years of floundering. I was 30 before I struck on the career I’d always wanted–that of a professional pilot. I’d like a copy of this book to share with the college class that I teach at church. I’d love to help these young people in a way that I missed.

  • http://www.lindsaymorelli.com Lindsay Morelli

    I’m in a season of life right now where I have a lot of big decisions to make all at once. I am newly engaged, finished with grad school, and trying to plan for the future. In addition to wedding planning, we need to figure out where to live, and find jobs. It’s been very difficult to make these decisions with opposing opinions and decision making styles, resulting in a lot of decisions not being made or not being happy with certain decisions. It’s been hard to juggle everything at once! Perhaps this book can point me in the right direction!

  • Pastor Rod Kesselring

    As a church leader there are so many times that decisions we make have wider more far reaching consequences.I think this book might be a great study for our staff to go through.

  • Alex P

    Thanks for the review Michael! As a small organization I feel as though the art of decision making is extremely important in our group, plus it’s something I know I can struggle with personally. I’d love to read it! Thanks!

    Alex

  • Kristina

    One of my recent decisions has been to start thinking of past decisions as necessary stepping stones to being who I am today, as opposed to regretting having made them. I’ve read other books by the Heath brothers and would love to read this one. Thank you Michael!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougisenberg Doug Isenberg

    As a lawyer, I’m wondering about the implication of your statement that “Forty-four percent of lawyers would not recommend a career in law to young people.” I don’t think this means that 44% of lawyers made the wrong choice for themselves. Do you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sergio.fesiuk.1 Sergio Fesiuk

    Sweet! I am a big fan of you, Michael and of everything that the Heath brothers produce. I too will have my team tear into that book based on your summary post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.dernison Justin Dernison

    Who wouldn’t want to make better decisions? To be given an outline to do so is invaluable.

  • Rost

    I have a been a student of how people make decisions for a ling time. I am looking forward to reading another, interesting point of view. Thank you!

  • Arturo Olivas

    In todays day and age there is so much information available that it seems we get caught up in the process of deciding or the amount of information makes it difficult to be decisive. Whats appealing to me about this book is having a learning a system that allows you to process the information in order to become decisive. As a small business owner being efficient and decisive in all areas is critical to my team and my company.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trent.young.9484 Trent Young

    Decisions are a part of every day life for all of us – also as a pastor. I would love to read this book and appreciate the opportunity that Michael gives with a sneak peak!

  • dk

    The four villians can be solved by the WRAP process. It sounds sensible. I am a proponent of the open mind. In Blink (M. Gladwell) suggests that we already know the vast majority of what we need to know to make a decision before the opportunity even arises. What is the balancing point between gut and analysis?

  • http://www.facebook.com/clyde.plyleriii Clyde Plyler III

    This article brings to light many debate that I have with my teenagers, they will look something up on the net that justify their belief and then look no further. I see this in business as well, a merchant will set up a display for you in your store only to see the manager take it down because it takes up space.

  • http://twitter.com/chadstutzman Chad Stutzman

    This sounds like a book I would want my Radical Mentoring Group to read.

  • Debbie McJimsey

    I see a lot of people paralyzed by needing to make a choice, scanning and scanning for possible what-if’s for years, afraid to commit for fear of making the right choice. I wonder if the process offered by the Heath brothers would help with that?

  • Misty Honnold

    Two Reasons I would like to have this book:
    1. James talks about being ‘double minded’ and it is something I have struggled with most of my adult life. As I have grown and matured I can enthusiastically say I am much more single minded…but any and all counsel to help move out of that stress filled mind game is most welcome.
    2. I am the director for a Single Mother Ministry and I watch single mothers make poor decisions daily. They fall into the traps mentioned in your blog post. How refreshing to have practical counsel on how to move into freedom in this area. I continually look for tools that our mentors and leaders can utilize to help Single Mothers establish peace in the midst of the chaos. This sounds like it might be another great tool for our women.

  • http://twitter.com/tamaraparisio Tamara Parisio

    … in a decision-making mode (who am I and who do I want to be when I grow up, this time?) … and currently stuck …

  • Bobbi

    So often I see major decisions being made by gut feelings and Monte Carlo analaysis….roll the dice and fix it later. Making sound decisions is a skill that is learned and I’m sure this book will help me in training my team, teaching my children and fine tuning my own decision making. The books you offer seem to hit my inbox at the exact moment that I need them…Love Works has not only been a continual read for me; it has also been bought and gifted numerous times. I love the fact that your recommendations can be used in all aspects of my life. Thanks so much for all you do!

  • Emily Ryan

    This book sounds like it could be beneficial! Or maybe not. I can’t decide.

  • Gary Darnell

    The Heath brothers know how to write very clear , practical books. Made to Stick and Switch are two of my favorite books to rear and tell people to get. This new one will be great as well. Trust me.

  • chloe

    I work in the field of helping others. It is very easy for me to give others advice/direction or see the solution to their problems. However, when it comes to my life I become indecisive. I believe the reason is because I am scared and I don’t want to make a wrong decision that can have an adverse affect on my family. I would like to learn and implement how to make a decision and stick with my decision without changing my mind due to outside influences. I believe that your book would aide in my decision making process.

  • Todd MacPherson

    My interest in this book is both personal and professional. I find myself I. The process of making a number of major changes for myself and my family and this added perspective will prove invaluable. Professionally I am doing a lot of coaching people as they work through key life choices. I very recently made a note to myself to find a few key resources on choices and change to equip myself to better serve those I coach. This book sounds like it is exactly what I need. Thank you for recommending it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karielee.visser KarieLee Visser

    This article seemed to hit me this morning perfectly as my husband and I are in the process of making decisions concerning a major life change with both his owrk and were to live, and and hwhat is best for our family (four young kids), we are literally on the road driving right now to check out our next step – my husband driving while I just read this to him. As always, I am blessed by Michael’s thoughts. God bless! :)

  • http://twitter.com/Joe_Mudd Joe Mudd

    My employer is offering some of us “more seasoned” employees a chance to take a buy out and early retirement. This is a big decision. I need help! I have some friends that are dealing with the same issue, and I’d like to help them too.

  • Colleen

    My husband and I are in the middle of a kitchen renovation – talk about decisions! I could use some decision-making wisdom, not just for my kitchen, but as I raise my 3 daughters (5yrs, 3yrs & 7 mo) to impact the world around them. There are some very important decisions to be made during these parenting years.

  • Dan Eaton

    I love the premise of this book! I totally agree that we stink at making decisions!! I work at a church and all of the usual things go into making major decisions, plus this idea that the decision can impact the faith of others. Perhaps that should help us be more careful, but too often it seems we use this as a tool to advance our own cause!! I look forward to reading and perhaps sharing with our entire team.

  • ltc

    Thank you for the recommendation of Decisive! I can’t wait to read it.

  • http://twitter.com/georgeweber7 george kevyn weber

    I need it and the advice it presents

  • http://twitter.com/karilewishoward Kari Howard

    Everything that Chip and Dan Heath write is GREAT! Plus as a pastor who journeys with others in various stages of decision making or beyond, and as a human being with my own fair share of right and wrong decisions this will be an amazing resource.

  • laura soares

    While I have a solid job, and a master’s degree, my life has been plagued by bad decisions in both my personal and professional lives. I struggle with decison-making on a daily basis. I would devour this book! thank you!

  • Cyndi Campbell

    The early bird gets the worm, but only if she’s smart enough to accept it. Who hasn’t had opportunities lost just because they failed to respond quick enough, or wasted rediculous sums of money on an idea that was half-baked at best. Having a formula for deciding what’s best for you, and being able to quickly asses, could be priceless!

  • http://www.ohlookphotography.com/ Pam

    I would love to read this book. I have a hard enough time making small decisions (like exactly what to type here) so I won’t even talk about how hard it is for me to make big decisions! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/leah.b.desouza Leah Blue de Souza

    I am very much interested in exploring the decision making process. What is going on when I am there, how can I manage it better so the outcome is closer to my desired outcome. How to filter out bias, emotions, and wishes to focus my energy and actions towards the best decision.

  • Derek C

    In my role of helping to train ministry leaders, I’m always looking for ideas to pass along and add to my (and others) “tool box” to be better equipped to advance the Kingdom. This book sounds like it would help expose limited thinking and expand one’s perspective in decision-making.

  • Pitagorasmusic

    Great outcomes come from great decisions. I want to do my best in learning how to get there. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Michael Decious

    My temperament is such that I take too long to make decisions because I try too hard to avoid the 4 villains. Perhaps the book will still help me by systematizing/streamlining my villain-avoidance and giving me more confidence in decision-making?

  • Lisa D.

    Because it is time to make a serious change as to how I make decisions and why; to learn the process of critical thinkers that take emotion out of decision making, using it only to gauge my place in the process and my dedication to the highest and best good…not as the deciding factor. It is time to take manipulation of others beliefs and positions and gauge the facts and circumstances myself, and this seems a good tool to learn to do so.

  • Tina Marino

    Sounds like a much-needed read….I appreciate being considered, Michael!

  • fionawright

    Big fan of the Heath brothers. I would love a copy of this book!

  • http://twitter.com/jasonmatyas Jason Matyas

    Analysis and decision making are essential for effectiveness in life. I’m always on the lookout for fresh insights on how to do it well.

  • http://twitter.com/ericndavis Eric Davis

    Michael, thanks for the recommendation, Chip & Dan Heath have hit it out of the ballpark with Made to Stick & Switch. Looking forward to getting a hold of Decisive.

  • Crystal C.

    Tempering emotional responses or emotional input in decision-making is a struggle for me. To learn to better manage this process would benefit me tremendously both professionally and personally. This one area alone is why I want to read DECISIVE and I know I’ll learn other action steps for better decision making as I read the entire book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sbdugger Sarah Dugger

    This looks like a very informative and helpful book.

  • sreid

    I’m called to help people in their decision making; both in my job and in my ministry. People accuse may Christ/Bible believers in being too narrow and weak minded, but I submit that my training in the sciences has caused me to think rather broadly about all of the possibilities. It sounds like this book would augment my thinking and apologetic on the ‘mental processes’ that go into decision making.

  • Amelia Whitaker

    Sometimes I find that the easiest decisions to make (usually unimportant things) seem to be the hardest to actually make a decision about. I am very interested in what the book has to say.

  • http://twitter.com/jbradshaw80 Jonathan Bradshaw

    As a young leader as a dad, in my professional career as a dentist and as a leader in my local church, I am faced with difficult decisions almost everyday. I am looking for ways to learn and grow constantly to help me be more intentional in my leadership. This book seems like it would help me achieve this goal!

  • Bonnie Clark

    I have read both Made to Stick and Switch and enjoyed those books a lot. I would love to have a copy of Decisive. Thanks for passing on these resources.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pj.smitherman Pj Smitherman

    Not only do i want to become a better decision maker i want to be able to teach my employee’s to become a better decision maker. I think it will help us all both professionally and personally

  • Dawn Wilson

    Thanks for sharing this book, Michael. I have worked with the topic of Choices for most of my adult life, but I’ve never heard such a succinct strategy for making decisions. I plan to blog about this on two different blogs – one humorous; one more serious – especially from a Christian viewpoint. While some might say Christian beliefs would create a “confirmation bias,” there’s a lot to be said for the viewpoint of God outside our “narrow focus.” And certainly our human overconfidence comes into play.

  • Flybabymom

    I’m not necessarily a bad decision-maker–I’m usually happy with the decisions I make–I just have a hard time making them. I’m indecisive! At least, I’m indecisive way too often. That’s why I’d like the book!

  • Xavier Gutierrez

    I work as a Project Portfolio Manager; my job is about helping top level managers make the right decisions about the informatics portfolio of projects and operational activities. Often times, the decision are made based on emotions rather than facts despite all the efforts to bring the discussion back to ground.

  • http://twitter.com/colorexpert Kate Smith

    Decision making can get tricky because it is rarely just about the facts at hand. Having a process to work through a decision can be very helpful. I look forward to learning more about what Chip and Dan recommend. Thanks for sharing their book.

  • http://twitter.com/danielthomas_ Daniel Thomas

    Realizing the decisions I make not only affect me, but others around me. It’s critical for any leader to make solid decisions because there are ripple effects that go beyond us.

  • http://twitter.com/EbToll Ebony Tollinchi

    I’ve struggled over decision-making my entire life so this book would be a valuable addition to my library. If it proves its worth (and your recommendation indicates it should), then I’ll recommend it to my network of family, friends and followers. Sharing is caring. Thanks, Michael!

  • Tricia Kolsto

    What appeals to me about this book is I have been riddled with bad decisions AND staying with those decisions too long. My most recent one was taking a job that I thought was a step up (turned out it wasn’t) and the environment was so bad…long hours (me on salary), verbal abuse, etc. but I hung in there way after I should have left. Thanks for the opportunity to get a copy.
    Hugs,
    Trish

  • Jonathan Moore

    Receiving the book Decisive could help me be more determined to make decisions. However, I haven’t decided if I have time to read the book, but if I get it, it may help me decide to read, but I’m still trying to decide. :)

  • Evan

    I have always struggled a lot with making wise decisions. I tend to be impulsive, reckless, careless, thoughtless, or whatever else you want to call it. It’s exciting to see a book that deals so explicitly with this topic.

  • http://www.manturity.com/about-manturity.html Bryan Van Slyke

    I can always use more help in making better decisions in every aspect of my life. The plan laid out in this book sounds like a winner just from reading your review. I look forward to checking the book out either way. Thanks Michael!

  • mjthisse

    As the director of a career college, this book appeals to me as I constantly make decisions that impact not just staff, but also our students. It can sometimes be a frightening thing. This book seems that it would be a great asset to decision making, not just at work but also in life.

  • http://twitter.com/KimDGoad Kim Goad

    Love the premise of this book and what especially appeals to me is villain # 4 — overconfidence. As a Baby Buster who makes decisions with a lot of Mosaics/Millenials, I’m aware of the generational difference in making decisions. As researchers have pointed out, when it comes to doing the research on a decision, the Mosaic and Digital generations prefer fast results over solid methodology. I’d like to read it for the help it might give me as a marketer, trying to discern between noise and signal.

  • http://twitter.com/kamcgregor Kelly McGregor

    Decision making is key as I am approaching a period of professional and personal growth. The ability to make sound, informed decisions will be key to my professional and personal success, and it sounds like this book will help me ensure I am doing just that!

  • DK

    At 58 yrs old I am in the process of either changing carrers or changing offices. Just reading the four villians on your post, i know i will benefit from this book.

    If i don’t win it i will buy it! Thank you so much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.b.tubbs Melissa B Tubbs

    I have lived long enough to have learned something about making decisions through the trial and error of living. I would like to learn about a foundational process for making decisions and this book sounds like the one I should read.

  • http://dereksilva.ca/ Derek Silva

    To be honest, this appeals to me because I’ve always considered myself a very decisive person… however, my significant other is not. I’d like to have both of us read this book so that I know how to help her become more decisive, and she will hopefully learn a thing or two herself. It’s increasingly important for her career.

  • http://www.MariaKeckler.com/ Maria Keckler

    Fabulous book review and preview of its value! I downloaded the first chapter last week and have already begun recommending the book to all my colleagues! What most appeals to me about the book is, as you said, the Heath’s signature sticky style that makes concepts like the “Spotlight” effect and the WARP model not only memorable but easily duplicatable. Decision-making is one of those skills that must be honed continuously, specially in a fast changing world that demands faster, value-driven decisions. I anticipate that this book will not only help me do that–both in my personal and professional life–but that it will also inform my own consulting and training practice.

  • http://twitter.com/bglenn87 Benjamin Glenn

    Michael, Reading the summary of the common pitfalls strikes a chord in me. Even a quick review of recent decisions – including a serious professional one in December – I can see that my decision making process bears those signs. Sounds like a good path to learn the signs of decision making errors and so learning, avoid them.
    Benjamin Glenn

  • Covina O’Brien

    Four villians…so true; I can relate!

  • Tara Crowl

    I’ve come to a place where I’m almost afraid to make Decisions because they are so often wrong. I’m definitely interested in the book (free or not) because I need a process for making better decisions and then I have the confidence to know that even if they are wrong, I followed a proven method!

  • Randall

    Learning to make a decision without second guessing, or third guessing myself would be a great benefit. In fact, I had to make a decision whether to comment or not!

  • Kevin Senapatiratne

    I love the brothers Heath stuff and am excited to read their next book! I think that it would be a great book as I look to help more people with my non-profit.

  • Patricia Pelt

    Decision making is one of the most important elements of life. Faulty decisions can cause delay and detriment to a persons life, while wise decisions, ,on the other hand can propel life in the divine direction, causing peace and great fulfillment.

    Patricia Pelt

  • http://www.ktbunch.blogspot.com/ Katy

    I would love to read this book. I DO have trouble making decisions and just the few points you highlighted in your post resonated w/ me.

  • http://www.healthyspirituality.org Jean Wise

    I love the WRAP image. I find too often I t ry to make the quick decisions and Attaining a distance is great advice! Thanks for the opportunity of winning a book too

  • http://twitter.com/chris_d_walker Chris Walker

    Making good choices is something I have always tried to impress upon my children. They are still very young, but I have been compiling a list of books that I want to encourage them to read when they get older. This book looks like a great candidate to be one of those books. I am very much looking forward to reading it.

  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    Decisiveness is huge in life and work. I’d love to read this book and apply it to my own decision making.

  • http://twitter.com/jeffiskra Jeff Iskra 

    This is an area that every person in leadership MUST embrace & become more & more efficient! Having the ability of being decisive (or not having this ability) determines much. I desire to continually improve – for His Kingdom!

  • Paul Malen

    Need help deciding on which of the three ways I should use to respond. LOL. All the books you have recommend previously have been great. I always look forward to reading your posts and updates.

  • Obrien Uzoechi

    This is good stuff for serious professionals

  • http://twitter.com/MrktingRenegade Paul Gothier

    Life is all about “making better choices”. Decisive appears to provide a means for optimizing that process!That could be nothing, But worthwhile!

  • Audra Kennedy

    Everyone makes a thousand decisions a day, whether big or small, and those decisions affect us (I think The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews is a perfect example of why wise decision making is important). I’m coming up on a crossroads in my life and any help or advice is much needed. That’s why I would enjoy receiving a copy of the book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.j.bolick David Jackson Bolick

    The “four villains” are an accurate description of my usual decision making process. I struggle to attain distance and perspective, and a well thought out, illustrated and methodical method for practicing the opposite virtues would be most welcome. Thanks for your offer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/katherine.scott.jones Katherine Jones

    Well-researched, practical advice backed by sticky stories? I’m in.

  • http://www.nonegativitynow.com/ Richie Allen

    I’ve always been a SLOW decider. I’m interested to see how this WRAP Process may help alleviate some of my trepidation on making decisions by giving me a roadmap to making a solid decision.

  • Philip

    Decision making is the key element in our life, which will decide the fate. Going for this book is a good decision which can change my life.

  • http://twitter.com/averageus Lon Hetrick

    I recently saw at least three of these errors in action in a group of people I know. I know I’ve also been guilty of them too, so I want to learn how to avoid them myself.

  • Leo Jacoby

    I work with youth in a church setting. Our goals include fostering critical thinking and healthy decision making. The “villains” resonate with my understanding of understanding ala Bernard Lonergan. The anecdotal approach hints the book may be used with teenagers.

  • Ken Fallon

    As someone working through the process of career change, this topic couldn’t be more timely for me. I’ll take any opportunity I can get to avoid pitfalls along the way!

  • FinanceGirl

    One of the most annoying things to me is when people cannot make a decision. And yet, I find myself in that category often. What do you do when you do not have strong feelings about something – one way or the other? How do you make a decision in that situation? How do you avoid the fear of making the wrong decision? I would love to read what the book has to say about it.

  • http://twitter.com/GERobinsonII George Robinson II

    Decision making skills are an invaluable tool not taught or focused on in formal or informal education. So many people make the wrong decision for the wrong reason, yet fail to understand when they make the right decision for the wrong reason how things turn out. I’d like a copy of the text in order to reduce both of those mentioned above in my life and others.

  • michael

    Im pretty sure I make lousy decisions so this will help me not do that

  • http://twitter.com/ibnabeeomar ibn abee omar

    I’m a huge fan of their books. made to stick had a profound impact on the way that i speak and write. switch is the only book that i’ve ever read on kindle and went back to get the hardback version of. this book is intriguing as i’ve often been left bewildered at how certain decisions have been made. it’s also something i’m hoping helps me with my own decision making process.

  • http://www.setongod.com/ Joshua Tolan

    I really like, “Attain distance before deciding.” Jesus did that multiple times in His ministry in order to grow and make the right, Godly decisions. He spent and entire 40 days by himself in the desert!

  • Scott Streeter

    I just got turned onto the Heath brothers by my brother when we exchanged favorite leadership tools. I introduced him to Micheal Hyatt .com.. I am in the middle of a shoe string start up and am trying to devour every resource I can. I would love to read this one.

  • Christine Roybal

    In the progression of my life, I am at a point where I can see behind me and also to the future. I have vastly improved in my decision making process, but I still believe I have so much more to learn. I have recently purchased and enjoyed a couple of books off your top 10 must reads and I am hungry for more information as I am in the market for the next move in my career.

  • http://twitter.com/pjserr Pam Serr

    For me, the immediate draw of the book is the WRAP process, specifically learning more about it and putting it to use. The decision bias components are familiar to me ;-) and my hope is that understanding and implementing the WRAP process will allow me to overcome them consistently when in decision-making mode. Can’t wait to read it!

  • Barbara Love

    The four villians feel very familiar. Your brief description of the decision making process seems like something I can wrap my mind around. I’d like to know more. Like many people, I want to improve my decision making process. I want to read the anecdotes that you found so ‘sticky.” I think that they will be interesting, and I want to know what makes a story “sticky” to you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.armour.3 Aaron Armour

    Anything I can do to put a system in place to be better and do better work I am interested! I can’t wait to start implementing this WRAP process immediately.

  • http://twitter.com/johngassen John Gassen

    Sounds like a book I should read! Thanks Michael!

  • http://www.michaelhsmith.com Michael H Smith

    I have watched many a leader make decisions in a vacuum and those decisions turn out bad. I would love to take a deeper look at the content of this book. There has to be a formula that helps initiate a process for making great decisions

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Thompson/1812819261 Eric Thompson

    I am a pastor and would appreciate this book to help with decision making.

  • Carolyn

    I’m anxious to read this new book! I’ve only heard good things about it so far from early reviews…

  • kilowhiskey

    Question: What appeals to you about this book and why do you want a copy?

    Due to a recent series of failures in life (personal & professional), I’ve lost my mojo, and have become un-decisive as a result. This book is exactly what I’m looking for – especially their recomended decision-making process.

  • http://twitter.com/kiesling7 Drew Kiesling

    Timing is everything! I’m reading a number of books right now in search of my calling and where it may lead and my anxiety is this: what if I make the WRONG decision? I’m hoping this new resource can provide helpful tools for the journey.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I’ve found that answering that question (and refusing to let it linger) is the best way to move forward. The answer? You and I WILL make a wrong decision or two. That is part of the process, and will ultimately be key in moving you toward right and better decisions. It’s the only road to wisdom.

  • http://www.joshuabfarrell.com/ JB Farrell

    Every decision I make either directly or indirectly affects: My wife, My 3 children, the youth I teach at church, my clients, and my impact in my neighborhood, state, nation, and hopefully I impact the world. It all starts with me making better decisions.

  • Hanno

    I find it encouraging that preparing to be wrong is a valid step in the process (and I’m assuming that’s a sign of strength not weakness).

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Me too, Hanno. Usually my fear of making a mistake keeps me stuck in decision-making limbo. Not a healthy place to be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.tooker.9 Michael Tooker

    As a development officer for a non-profit Christian ministry, I take stewardship very seriously. Our donors effectively entrust me (and our team) to steward their Kingdom investments wisely. Our hope is that our donors enjoy great reward in heaven for their support of our efforts. This book immediately grabbed my attention because ultimately our ability to steward wisely – is a function of making good decisions. I’d love to read this book as part of my spiritual journey.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Great point. Having a solid decision-making process to follow will increase your accountability with and the confidence of your board. You might have to get it, even if you don’t win it. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/griffinfaye Peter Fae

    Decisions lay at the core of all human movement. We strive to make right decisions; ones aligned not just with our small will, but the Will of the Divine. Ultimatley, in our heart of hearts; we wish to * hear * the right decision; an intuition, a passionate ‘Yes’ that serves every being that we come into contact with.

    This winter I encountered a deep question of my own decisions; for they were not producing the results I wished. The scattered anxieties of the mind served only to cloud the issues; prompting me to return to listening, deeply.

    I have found that Divnity may only do for us what Divinity may do * through * us. We are never removed from the source of all decisions, from all guidance; only unclear and wanting for a more clarified self. In my personal exploratiosn of the roots of listening, of right decisiveness; I would be most honoured to read, apply; and review the process.

    Thanks as always Michael for this noble crusade of human empowerment :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joyce.weaver.148 Joyce Weaver

    Having a system or a process by which we do our important tasks makes them more effective and saves us time! Two invaluable benefits!!!

  • Nancy@ThereIsGrace

    I am notoriously indecisive. My husband often jokes about how long it takes me to decide what to order when we are out to eat. I would like to hone my decision-making skills, especially when it comes to my business.

  • lbobach

    Sound like a book I really need! Thank you Michael, for the recommendation!

  • Amber B

    Making decisions is my biggest struggle and it affects everything I do!

  • Chapoj

    I am currently questioning a career decision I made last year and need some guidance before I have to make another critical life decision.

  • Jason Stewart

    Decision making, specifically, deciding what the right priority is and then deciding how to best do it is the essence as I continue to distill life and leadership. As ‘Futuristic’ and ‘Strategic’, the weakness of my strength can be ‘paralysis by analysis.’ I want to dig into this book to be better equipped to make decision to be effective and leverage my strengths. I am excited about the system of decision making this book suggests believing that systems create behavior. An improved system will make for improved decision making.

    Thanks Michael!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wallisonthompson W Allison Hayes-Thompson

    I welcome the opportunity to learn more about the WRAP Process, in hopes of bettering my decision making both personally and in business, and I’m intrigued with learning fresh strategies and tools to use. I am a small business owner looking to re-ignite my business. I also work in ministry and would like to know that the decisions I make which may affect others, are the right decisions.

  • http://hpsys.com/ Grenae Thompson

    I often “drag my feet” when making decisions and am fascinated with people who seem to do so effortlessly. Decisions and the science around making them has become more important as the competition for good leaders and employees increases. Good decision making skills can, in my opinion, make or break the success of an organization. Thank you for making this opportunity available to those who would like to read this book.

  • http://twitter.com/darrello darrello

    I have enjoyed the Heath books to date and this recommendation clinches it for me.

  • WalkOn80

    I am always looking for resources on how to make better decisions in order to ensure greater outcomes for the people I seek to lead and serve.

  • http://twitter.com/kenhess Ken Hess

    The merger bit intrigues me. Oh, and I’ll post a review about your book on my site, if I get a copy. ;-) No, seriously, it’s what I do.

  • Steph Shackelford

    Since I just started my own company, I’ve had to make a lot of decisions – both large and small scale. I think this book would be a tremendous resource for me and help me to think longer-term, which is sometime difficult when things in the business seem urgent. I’m trying to differentiate between what is urgent vs. important now, and I think this book could shed some light on that. Thanks for sharing this resource with us!

  • Amy Johnson

    As a ‘waffler’ who flip-flops through my decision making, good advice for decision making is quite welcome.

    I know without a doubt that I am guilty of conformation bias, though usually by discounting certain options. I’d love to read more about this.

  • Ben Landers

    Decision making has a big impact on your life… good decisions = more success and more general enjoyment of life. Bad decisions = less success and more frustration in life. So of course I want to figure out how to make good decisions more often, sounds like a great book.

  • smd679

    To be really blunt, I can be a true idiot both during the decision making process and after. I’m exhausted from making poor decisions and want to learn a plan that I can replicate and integrate into any and every area of my life. Desperation has made a nice home for itself and I’m ready to kick it the h@ll out!

  • D Braun

    I am always interested in resources that not only help me make better decisions but be a better leader and father.

  • christiaan

    I am taking on a whole new role at the organization I have been working for for 12 years. I think I am desperately going to need the wisdom and insight in this book!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Exciting! What’s the new position?

  • http://twitter.com/IrishCantwell Kathryn Cantwell

    Find it interesting to compare what is happening in the world of academia on decision making vs. practicioners.

  • http://www.mattsoderstrum.com/ Matt Soderstrum

    I am a pastor and continuously meet with people who are seeking advice in making decisions. It sounds like this book would be helpful.

  • http://www.matthewlaker.blogspot.ca/ matthew laker

    Looks like one I will put on the to read list. How we make life chooses or decisions seems to be a conversation I have had lots of as I journey with young students and young professionals. Though I don’t think it is just that age group that struggles with it.

  • Debra Hilton

    This sounds like an amazing resource for an area in which I really need to improve. Not only does it examine the reasons for overcoming indecisiveness but it presents practical ways to become more decisive (as long as we take action to implement). I’d love to read it.

  • Tom Greene

    Decision making is a specific area where I want and need to grow. I’m in between jobs right now and I’ve been using a lot of this time to evaluate myself – my strengths, weaknesses, areas for improvement – and one thing that has become clear to me is the need to improve in the area of decision making. I’ve also read Chip & Dan Heath’s books in the past and really enjoy their way of writing and the practical application of the principles they teach.

  • Scott

    Having spent 25+ years in the steel industry, we tend to rely on what we “know”. Often times that is good, but in today’s Lean & Continuous Improvement environment, one must challenge the “Norm”. I welcome the opportunity to learn of and consider a fresh approach to the decision making process. Especially one that might reveal “flaws” & lead to better process.

  • Keith Harris

    I am interested in reading this book because everyone else around me keeps making bad decisions. All joking aside I feel like it could help me to grow in this area. I have always thought of my self as decisive but have never had a construct to filter those decisions through. I think this book could help with some self-accountability.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.cornish.585 Paul Cornish

    Aside form wanting to improve my decision making I really like the sound of ‘sticky anecdotes’.

  • http://twitter.com/ShelleyThiel ShelleyThiel

    Great Topic– I can’t wait to explore of the “Anatomy and Pathology” of decision making. As a surgeon I have to make or assist others in decision making daily. This sounds like a helpful resource at work, home and church.

  • http://twitter.com/AlanaMuller Alana Muller

    I am excited to read Decisive to learn more about preparing to be wrong and how to quickly recover so that the failure is a failure forward.

  • Rebecca Bjorum

    I am intrigued because I am at a crossroads due to some unexpected medical concerns. While I have this down time in my life, I would like to have good input on making decisions going forward. I am aware these decisions will continue to affect me in some cases for years. Godly wisdom is always appreciated!

  • Rich

    I could really use a book to help me make decisions more effectively. Thanks for letting us know about this book

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    Sounds like some very sound logic and a good read. Thanks for sharing Michael.

  • Pete Hardesty

    Thanks so much for the recommendation Michael. Made to Stick was a great read and I did not know that the Heath brothers had come out with another book. Our decisions are the most important things about us every day–and the process we go through to make them is of utmost importance. Thanks for the resource and the great work.

  • Kristi

    I believe this will be an excellent book for me to read at this juncture in my life. God is taking me down a new career path but I’m searching to find out exactly what it is. Making intelligent decisions is a vital piece in my journey.

  • Grace Bower

    Comment #506 from New Zealand. Seems to me that the WRAP process perfectly complements Ben Carson’s RISK questions for choices. In my personal life I want to have more wisdom in my changing circumstances and in the lives of my adult children and my social communities. Secondly I have the time to read and share widely through social media. last but not least – life is for learning your lessons and the wisest thing is to learn from the best and apply it to your circumstances and context. Would love the chance to do so with a gift copy. Blessings on the 50 gift receivers – even if it isn’t me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/roger.j.spence Roger J. Spence

    this book is appealing since it is a tool that can help me continue to make sound decisions and think through the ones that I made a mistake on, those decisions you learn from and teach you how to make better ones. I read a book by Spencer Johnson M.D., “Yes” or “No”, the guide to better decisions. His story was instrumental to improve my thought processes in work and personal. Michael I’d enjoy having Decisive so I can WRAP my leadership decision making up. thanks for the resource.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.sloas Alan Sloas

    I find that the easiest way to make a decision, even a quick one, is to have a clear view of what your principles are. If you know what your principles are, you have already made the decision, you just apply your principles to any situation.

  • http://twitter.com/larryblakely Larry Blakely

    Better decision making is a skill that would be helpful in all aspects of ones life.

  • http://twitter.com/brettnord brettnord

    What appeals to me the most is the track record of the Heath brothers. I’ve got more book recommendations than I have time to read them, so rep and past history is key for me…and these guys have a 100% batting average! I’ve learned a bunch from each of their books. thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/KristaFrancis Krista OgburnFrancis

    I want to win a book because I think it could be a great resource for my team to read at work. A mid-sized nonprofit, we are faced with problems all the time. It would be great to have a common frame-work and language to use when solving them.

  • njh

    Decisions are hard, under the best, most informed circumstances… Add twists and turns and emotions, and being decisive can be impossible. Ready to learn a new technique!

  • Parr Pettit

    I am notorious for having a narrow focus and being emotional in my decision-making! It is essential I learn to make better decisions, I am a busy mom of seven and have recently re-entered the work force!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.e.clark1 Mark Edward Clark

    It may be presumptive, but based on the quality of the body of work of the Brothers Heath this is a well researched, and well illustrated perspective on the decision making process. As a lifetime learner, I am always looking to improve my processes.

  • wendy

    Don’t know I have to read the book first!

  • @jasonltilley

    Chip and Dan Heath have a unique way of taking complex life processes and making them both understandable and practical. I loved “Made to Stick “and “Switch” and I’m sure I’ll love “Decisive!”

  • http://twitter.com/jeremyrinkel Jeremy Rinkel

    The decisions we make influence the futures of many people. Decisions are sometimes difficult to make knowing that their is a 50-50 chance of making the wrong/right decision. I like the four step method mentioned above. Often times I’ve made decisions based on emotions and not distancing myself. As I’m in the planning stages of a startup company, this book will benefit me greatly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.forbes.79 Joshua Forbes

    As a relatively new executive director, I am looking for every opportunity I can to become more effective when it comes to making decisions. Not just because I am concerned about our organization but because I know that the decisions that we make will affect our stakeholders, the community in which I serve.

  • http://twitter.com/jodyfransch Jody Fransch

    As a Pastor and church leader here in Zimbabwe I’m faced with countless decisions which not only affect me but also those who I’m serving. Mike, I really need this book to learn about how I can make better choices and thus be a more effective leader.

  • https://turnerbethany.wordpress.com/ turner_bethany

    This book sounds like it would be great for anytime in life. But it really sounds prefect at this point because I am making lots of decision in starting work as a consultant.

  • Elizabeth Kitchens

    I’m not a confident decision maker (for very good reason) and would like to improve. I recognize the “four villains” from my decisions in the past.

  • http://twitter.com/joelsoutherland Joel Southerland

    I read everything Chip & Dan write. Made to stick was an awesome book for guys in ministry and leadership positions like me. I want a copy so that I can learn myself, share with my family, and share with my team. I look for books to use in staff meetings and team building.

  • http://www.mirandaochocki.com/ Miranda Ochocki

    I am very indecisive, so I’m hoping a book called “Decisive” would not only allow me to actually MAKE the decision, but make a better one! I also need to work on widening my focus area – to see all parties that may be affected by a decision. As Michael shared, this book may actually help with that! Glad it was written!

  • http://twitter.com/JodyWaddell Jody K Waddell

    My motto: be a lifelong learner. Looks like this book would be a welcome addition to my “tool shelf”. Thanks.

  • Susan Williamson

    Would love to read the book and learn to make better decisions. The decision to follow through with your recommendations have always been a great decision for me.

  • http://www.implantedword.com/ Steven Deaton

    The book appeals to me because being able to make a sound decision is crucial to all aspects of life, not just business; family finances and children’s education to name two. I want a copy because I need help making better decisions for myself, my family, and others I strive to help.

  • http://twitter.com/jaydubbs Jason Williams

    Great insight Michael, looking forward to snagging up a copy even if I am not selected. I struggle at times with my decisions being affected by my “perfectionism” leading into “procrastination”. Meaning, I sometimes take too long to make decisions because I’m afraid I’ll make a bad or wrong choice. Even when it comes down to which restaurant to eat at, haha.

  • Kirk Walters

    I have just arrived at a new church where most of the decisions recently have been reactionary. This book would be a great help as we grow and help us evaluate our decision-making process.

  • http://twitter.com/JayWillis1 Jay Willis

    Does a magic 8 ball come with the book? That could be such a useful decision making tool! :)

    Seriously…. this is a topic any leader could benefit from. Enjoyed your Platform book and the nuggets you’ve been sharing through Platform University. Your recommendations have all been solid and I’m sure this one is no exception. Looking forward to giving it a read.

  • Ray

    I’m a big fan of the Heath Brothers, having read “Switch” and “Made to Stick”. I often have trouble being decisive myself so I am looking forward to learn what this new book has to offer.

  • http://twitter.com/bkkeeper2 Kimberly Gropp

    Being objective in decision making is something I struggle with…it’s difficult to see the “other” side (or even all the sides), and not just the side I want to see. I’m also interested in exploring ways to help my children make good decisions as they prepare to head out into the “real world” as adults. Thanks for your podcasts, and I hope you do one sharing how this book has helped you and your team :)

  • Kate Horrell

    This appeals to me because I have terrible analysis paralysis, which then rebounds into almost thoughtless decisions. Purchasing a new set of bedsheets requires months of looking and nearly a spreadsheet, but once I get frustrated or needy enough I’ll buy two sets in an instant. It’s not very efficient!

  • Alex Close

    Hi, Michael. What I find appealing about this book is the opportunity to learn how to make better decisions in life. I believe Decisive would be a great tool for me to utilize in my position as a program counselor to assist the men that I serve who are homeless and struggle with the issues of addiction. This could be a great resource to use when equipping these men with changing directions in their life. Best regards!

  • http://twitter.com/msamboy Mike Samboy

    I am in the middle of a career transition, and one thing that I am noticing about myself is that I am frequently suffering with analysis paralysis. I get stuck in the my decision-making cycle and frequently second guess my decisions.

    I have found prior books written by the Heath brothers to be extremely valuable and look forward to using their methodology for making decisions.

  • John VanDerMeulen

    Being a small business owner I have to make decisions everyday, sometimes based off limited truths and information and sometimes with limited amounts of time. Having clear cut guidelines for this would be helpful as I try to make the best decisions for the organization. I think this book will help me with that.

  • http://www.jcisonline.com JC

    Everyone needs to know how to make decisions. I love the Heaths and everything they come out with is gold!

  • Peter Snede

    Making good decisions is a crucial component of good leadership. This looks like a good book on the subject.

  • Mike Laurence

    Great idea…I loved their last two books and have recommended them. Wonderful transition ideas from business into church ministry

  • Brian

    I’ve read Made to Stick and Switch by these authors and have enjoyed their writing. Simple to read and understand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.akey Carol Akey

    I have not read a Heath book yet, but your recommendation really makes me want to get to know this author. I have become a life coach within this last year and feel it would be beneficial for myself as well as my clients. Thank you for offering this book, Michael.

  • Greg Martin

    As a pastor, it is tempting to fall prey to ‘villain’ #2: we get excited to move forward with a vision/plan/idea, and frantically pursue confirmation. We have a tendency to ignore any wisdom/discernment/research that does not affirm our ‘dream of the day.’ Dangerous way to operate, so guidance in this area would be greatly appreciated!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2349211 Kyle Musser

    I was actually doing some work at the bookstore today & noticed some of the comments regarding the other books by them. So I took a bit, read “Made to Stick” today. Great book, really insightful concepts. And as Chris Fontana said below, anything that has been recommended Michael or on Platform University always proves to worth the time & investment. Have a great week everyone!

  • http://twitter.com/GlennCCook Glenn Cook

    Made to Stick was huge for me, so I am a Heath Brothers evangelist. My personality style likes to make quick decisions, and I’m an easy target for all “four villains.” I’m looking forward to learning more!

  • Candace

    I am interested in learning about my decision making processes and feel that the book would be very helpful to me.

  • http://twitter.com/jakesledge Jake Sledge

    I want to read Decisive because I love to study this subject. I want to grow sharper in this area for myself, my family, my ministry work and in all my leadership responsibilities. I’ve read Made to Stick and Switch and have read books by other authors on this general subject. The Heath brothers are masters at communicating and I can’t wait to not only read it, but practice it!

  • http://twitter.com/janessao janessao

    How can one turn their back on the ability to make wise decisions from this point forward?! Looking forward to reading this book!!

  • toddnaud

    As a school administrator and leader, the decisions I make affect more than just me and my employees – they impact the lives of hundreds of students. I welcome the opportunity to learn more about how I can improve my decision-making skills, and this book appears to address some of the areas I reflect on myself when making big decisions.

  • Lucinda

    I think the book has excellent ideas on being a better decision maker. I would love for my daughter to read it before she makes her decision on which colleges to apply to.

  • Kathy Albright

    The very first thing about the book that appeals to me is just the title itself. Decisive – it sounds so firm and powerful and describes exactly what I want to be, but yet in truth it so very far away from where I actually am! I would really like to have a copy of the book so I can learn to be a more effective decision-maker, knowing that this process would be helpful in every single area of my life – wife, mother, work, etc.

  • Samuel Lamerson

    I have read several of the books that you recommended and have found them very helpful and spoke highly of them to my students. I teach seminary (NT at Knox Seminary) and want to make sure that I influence those that I teach learn how to make good decisions for the health of the church. This seems like just the book for that topic.

  • Will Tippen

    This is something that I constantly struggle with and I have really enjoyed the 2 books I have read by the Heath brothers (Made to Stick and Switch). I find myself procrastinating because I don’t want to make the wrong decision, when in reality it would have been much better to just make a decision in the first place. I’m looking forward to increasing my decisiveness which will hopefully increase my productivity. Thanks for all the great stuff!

  • jim huntington

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    Having to make many decisions daily, and of course everyone else knows what my decision should be. I would appreciate an objective guide to help be sure that decisions are approproiatly thought through without procrastinating. Need al the help I can get.

  • http://twitter.com/ReneFerret rene ferret

    Decision is perhaps along with thinking, the best paid job in america. As Brian Tracy says, Some think , some thing they think and most rather die than think. Great post Michael, I’d love to receive a copy of the book

  • http://twitter.com/csumey Craig Sumey

    I have especially come to value the wisdom of the “A” part of the acronym. Stepping back from a decision seems to always make it a better one, especially when part of the “A” involves going out and seeking counsel and collaboration from others.

  • RonCookPMP

    Have read their other books … These guys rock! Definitely want to read this when it comes out.

  • http://www.emilycapito.com/ Emily Capito

    I imagine many of your followers can relate, as an entrepreneur (building a platform) I find my vision can get foggy on what actions and decisions will have the greatest impact. There is always more to be done, but I became an entrepreneur to have a LIFE. Decisive sounds like a great model to hone in order to make better, higher impact decisions and cut out the distractions.

  • George Solomonides

    Well i come from Cyprus the Island that you must have read about the economic struggle and the hardship from EURO GROUP during these days ,or not? We are in this whole new very difficult start and this book looks like a little oasis of hope for all the difficult measures we need to take with my family and family business ! Thank you

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Lee-Henry/20713621 Joshua Lee Henry

    I am a very decisive person with a track record of trusting my gut and making life altering decisions. I weigh the advice of mentors, compare it with my personal experience, and since I am a man of faith I pray and search for God’s direction in Scripture. I am interested in this book to learn more about the decision making process so that I can help teach others who are less decisive. For example, I have several friends and family members who are more likely to “go with the flow” of others than to make up their own minds and start determining their own results. As a leader, i know I have a responsibility to make big decisions that will affect others. I hope reading “Decisive” will make me more confident and clarify my thought process.

  • Alecia

    I was just talking to my husband last night about how difficult it is for me to be confident and less emotional in my decision making. Looks like there is a chapter that might be helpful for me. I have enjoyed reading other Heath and Heath books. This one looks like a winner, too. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Jonathan

    My biggest interest in this book is being secure in my decisions. I’ve become much better at this, but I still fall into the category of mulling over my choice and seeing the options I missed instead of the opportunities I’ve gained.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000044467607 Brandon Morrell

    I am a private school administrator, small business owner, husband and father, and I am relatively new in all of these areas. I am challenged with making decisions on a daily basis that not only affect my own life, but directly affect the lives of several people around me. This book immediately caught my attention, because I want to be the most effective in all of these areas. Before I finished reading the post I had already decided I would be adding this concept as an educational piece in one of my staff meetings. Can’t wait to read the entire book!

  • http://www.facebook.com/elizajt Eliza Jane Tucker

    I want to make good decisive decisions and what you have written has helped me so much and this will just add to my journey.

  • Todd McNeal

    Most of my life I’ve battled some form of indecisiveness, normally found in questions like, “What if I make the wrong decision?” Or “What if something better comes along?” Unfortunately, this frequently leads to the non-decision be making the decision (which typically leads to audio re decision).
    Additionally, in my work, I have to cram 10 hours of responsibility into an 8 hour work day. Hopefully this book will help me decisively pick the critical tasks to accomplish and skip the minutiae.

  • http://trevoracy.com/ Trevor Acy

    I seem to bounce between making really quick, knee-jerk reaction decisions or very long, drawn out, resource gathering sinkhole decisions. I’d like to put in place a practice to help me develop a procedure to make good informed decisions in a timely manner.

  • Jacob

    I am graduating from college this spring (8 weeks away) and discerning my next steps. I may be suffering from indecisiveness : ) I would like to read more from the Heath brothers on the topic of decisiveness and be able to share with others about my process of deciding on my next steps in life.

  • ola

    What appeals to me is that I feel like I struggle with every one of those four “villains” and it would be amazing to try and tackle them. It really sounds like this book would be a great first step for me to take.

  • Terry

    Decision making makes or breaks our success in life. Any help in this area could bring vast improvements in how people direct their life and impact the world!

  • Scott Guffin

    I’m a pastor, and like other pastors who have also responded, I feel the weight of my decisions on a daily basis. I’m also prone to analysis paralysis and the second guessing that comes from pastoring a congregationally-led church. I’m not looking just to be decisive for decisiveness’ sake, but to gain insight and wisdom on how to make decisions well and with confidence. Gauging from a quick look at the table of contents, this book appears to provide some solid advice for heading down that path.

  • Kris Harrison

    I’ve been challenged and I’ve grown as a result of the Heath brothers other books. I’m looking forward to this one.

  • C. Crook

    Being one who always makes the right decisions, I’m always amazed to hear why everyone else has poor decision making skills! LOL!!! I need all the help I can get.

  • http://profiles.google.com/krespecki Kevin Respecki

    I feel like I’ve been making some wrong decisions lately, that have had a negative impact on my life. I think that it would be interesting to compare my decision making process to the one in the book.

  • Serena

    I attended the Called Woman Conference last weekend and I am seeking ways to be bolder and more decisive on a daily basis. The fact that you are going to have your team read this book leads me to believe that it is a must read for me as well.

  • Jim

    I have read Made to Stick. It looks like this will be another winner from the Heath brothers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Stutteringhand Pete Kieffer

    This sounds like just the book I need. I can see from your description that I am guilty of making all of these mistakes at one time or another, even though I have been aware of their importance at some level. I know I need guidance in practical, conscious implementation, and the WRAP method sounds right-on!

  • http://twitter.com/michaeleroman Michael E Roman

    I loved Switch and Made to Stick. I’m excited for Decisive after taking a particular interest in decision-making and motivation.

  • Deepak Lodhia

    Decisions shape your destiny, how powerful would it be to make the right ones!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bria.pittman Bria Pittman

    I am young and I definitely struggle with decisions. I would love to read this book and see how I can apply it to my life.

  • doughibbard

    I’d be interested to look at decision-making and de-mystify the process.

  • http://twitter.com/speakcarolcool Carol Cool

    It’s so easy to get caught in our own biases. This simple WRAP idea seems like sound advice. I’d love to read more.

  • http://twitter.com/MelissAuClair Melissa AuClair

    Sounds like a great book. Your review comes as I was contemplating taking a different shift in my career. It makes me wonder if I need to read the book before making a decision (at the least, I need reality-test my assumptions and talk to a few other people). Thanks for another great recommendation.

  • Mike

    Looks like good stuff

  • http://www.softskillsforhardjobs.com/ Jim Ryan

    I need to help my executive team learn how to make better decisions!

  • Gaylene

    I am currently writing my dissertation on the failure of Borders looking at the decision-making process of those in charge and how it led or did not lead to the failure. Decision-making is at the very heart of every move we make. I know I will use this book in my research. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Steph

    I, like many people, have a difficult time making the right decisions at the right time. (Hindsight is better than foresight, of course.) Any tools that can help the process are worth looking into. As you are a credible source of information, and are recommending the book, I’m confident it will be a beneficial source.

  • Jason Bunch

    I have always loved thir writing and definitely think that decision making is one area in need of improvement.

  • Paul Kandavalli

    I read their book “Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard” and learned a lot from it. Their books are very informative and will help us to transform our lives for better of we apply those principles. Looking forward to their new book.

  • Brandon Brooks

    The content in this book would help me a lot since I am trying to decide what part-time business to startup. It will also help out in all the other areas in my life where I have to make a decision. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Michael Lett

    Make Decisions is a key leadership quality of ours at work and it is a trait that we struggle with. I would love to bring this thought process to my company to help better our results.

  • Mike Logan

    We all make decisions everyday. Sometimes it’s the little ones that have the biggest impact. Anything that can help us reframe a decision is worth it’s weight in gold.

  • victor_shattuck

    My decision making needs a revamping so I am looking for tools like this book to give me insights.

  • http://twitter.com/JavaWithJae Jae Knowlton

    I will read anything from the Heath brothers, they are super smart & extremely engaging writers. They are very accessible because they don’t come across as ivory tower eggheads, and they provide simple action plans that anyone can try.

  • http://twitter.com/nateclaiborne Nate Claiborne

    I really enjoyed Chip and Dan’s Made to Stick, I’m looking forward to reading this as well!

  • Cherry Odelberg

    Oh my. I just bought a used car and am finding a snafu and here comes a post titled “4 step process to making better decisions……..

  • http://twitter.com/nancy_bouwens nancy bouwens

    Decisions large and small have the opportunity to be life altering moments. To avail ourselves of the best possible opportunities for the future- we must hone our decision making tools…. in plain speak… if I make better decisions, I have a better life! Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the recommendation

  • http://www.facebook.com/gordon.kubanek.7 Gordon Kubanek

    i’d love to make better decisions as i have so much experience with making bad one!

  • http://twitter.com/alangolson Alan Olson

    The biggest appeal for their new book is how big of an impact their last book, “Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard” made on me. I look forward to reading their new book (and hopefully make better decisions.)

  • David

    The following caught my attention…
    We are guilty of “spotlight thinking.” We focus on the obvious and visible. We miss important facts outside our immediate view.
    … and I would like to read the rest of the great stuff!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Michelle.Baldwin.Hicks Michelle Baldwin Hicks

    I am interested in this book because I over analyze everything, which leads to worrying to the point of not sleeping, which leads to sometimes decisoins not being made out of proper perspective. I love to learn & grow & I think this book could help me do both. :)

  • Tee

    I KNOW I need help in this area! I have always said that if I could have just one wish granted, it would ask for the ability to make the right decision EVERY time in EVERY situation. I look forward to reading ‘Decisive’.

  • http://twitter.com/LazoVuckovich Lazo Vuckovich

    Preparing to be wrong.

    That point alone is why I’d like to read this book. I’m not right all the time, and I never find myself totally prepared for what I’m dealt when I am wrong. I roll with the punches, and it doesn’t hold me back. But I think preparing for it in some way, shape, or form would be great.

    Thank you for your blog — love the daily information!

  • http://twitter.com/adameverett Adam Everett

    We make thousands of decisions every day that impact everyone around us, and as a leader of the church we have a great responsibility to make sound decisions that will ultimately give glory to God. If this is anything like Made to Stick, this will be an excellent book to read and read again.

  • mpuri

    I want to make better and more informed decisions in every aspect of my life!

  • http://twitter.com/BarrettMyers Barrett Myers

    As a leader I am all too aware of avoiding decisions until they absolutely need to be made — I’d like to be more proactive and decisive. Thanks for the opportunity for a free copy!

  • Kevin Johnson

    I’ve worked in the federal government for many years and have seen the author’s “villains” appear time after time…often associated with bad outcomes. The most common seems to be #3: Overconfidence. Throw in a dash of pride and you’ve got a serious case of hubris. I’d love a copy of “Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work” to better understand how to avoid these patterns of behavior and hopefully the consequences that come with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rvezeau Roger Vezeau

    I am sold already. Our leadership team read Switch together and loved it. I gave us some common language and ideas to go after some needed change.

  • Clyde Miller

    Decisions are hard! I’ve just taken on new responsibilities at my place of employment, where I will be making many more decisions. I also have read “Switch” and “Made to Stick” by the Heath brothers, so I look forward to this one as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wade.webster.31 Wade Webster

    Who doesn’t need guidance on making better decisions? I’d love to have a handle on being better at the process.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=116507336 Mary Gurney

    Your recommendations have always helped me in with creating some work/life balance. This book by the Heath brothers sounds like it may be another one.

  • fplanner

    I always look forward to anything that can increase my productivity and I can wait to get my hands on the referred.

  • Mel

    Well, my first marriage ended in divorce, as well as my second. I guess I am a statistic now. After a few degrees and executive healthcare leadership positions that I find little satisfaction with, and do not know at 40 something… what I want to be when I grow up…I could use some help with direction and decision making. I am new to this blog and to you. I found you today after searching for Executive Leadership interview questions to ask a potential candidate that are more focused on service excellence and not task management. I have lots of passion for social justice, but am losing my hope that it even exists anymore. I am passionate about leadership, not management, and in a world of shrinking to greatness, I feel like the decisions from the boardroom to the White House do not have critical thinking and ripple effect analysis involved in them. Go figure. I am hoping you can enlighten me. Blessings.

  • BC

    We are about to make a very strategic decision, and this new books would be
    useful as a guide to protect against falling into the typical traps.

  • Carol Ann Trent

    i would love to read this book, as we all know, the ability to make good decisions set the course of our life. i am always eager to learn and grow.

  • Janna

    Perfect timing for this book release. I could use any help out there making the best decisions that I can! Thanks for the book offer.

  • Tom Schones

    Other than discipline, I view decision making as the 2nd most important personal skill or attribute to develop.

  • Vicki Farina

    Everybody wrestles with wrapping their mind and hearts around decision making at some time or another. How engaging and encouraging to be curious about a challenge that is common to all. We are live on the same street regarding decisions. I know I would put the book to good use coaching others on decisions.

  • Russ Sharer

    My work focuses on improving teams, and the mistakes described above have direct correlation to mistakes I’ve seen building effective teams. The power of Heath Brother’s books is how they provide solid, actionable ideas. Decisive can help my clients build better teams!

  • Josh Burkhart

    As a young husband and a fairly new father, I know that life will come with many important decisions to make. I see this book as a defining opportunity early in my life to be better at making decisions. And not only would it enable me to be this to my family, but also in my career and volunteer opportunities in my community.

  • Ryan O’Hara

    Leaders are defined by the good (and bad) choices they make. I can think of no more important book to look into right now in my work with Catholic college students. I’d love a copy of Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath.

  • http://twitter.com/CarterMayberry1 Carter Mayberry, MD

    As a team leader and business owner, I need to feel more comfortable with the decision-making process. Like Chris Fontana, I highly respect your opinion, Michael!

  • http://www.nosuperheroes.com Chris Lautsbaugh

    The Heaths always put out good content. As my wife and I train teachers and leaders, I would love to add this dynamic to our training. Leaders in Africa and around the world making better decisions is positive!

  • http://twitter.com/Jeremy_Birch Jeremy Birch

    On the cusp of launching my own platform, I know I will be bombarded with plenty of “opportunities” for distraction. Already an indecisive person (don’t send me grocery shopping alone) I need all the help I can get to hone my decision-making skills.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robyn.n.lloyd Robyn Neal Lloyd

    Fabulous idea for a book. I have been struggling with significant professional decisions. How to make the best and the right choice is not easy right now. This book is going to the top of my list. I am just finishing the book, “Stop Playing Safe: Rethink Risk. Unlock the Power of Courage. Achieve Outstanding Success” by author Margie Warrell.
    So far this book has greatly inspired me to look at things in a different light, and to embrace a ‘Courage Mindset’ to speak up with confidence in every situation. I want to have the courage to speak up and challenge the status quo, the courage to
    take risks, the courage to trust in myself more deeply and seize the
    opportunities that come my way. http://margiewarrell.com/

  • Michael Stevens

    The best books are links in a chain of growth, building upon the works of others. To that end, your suggestions and recommendations have met this standard for me.
    David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” enabled you to make more efficient use of your time (yes, i know not a recommendation per se by you). However, it did not direct you towards how you should use your time. To put it another way, the “things” to be done were not part of plan, yet.
    For me, your recommendation for Peter Bregman’s “18” filled that gap with the pause. To Be Still and Know. The moments you squeeze into your life are meaningless if they have no meaning to YOU. What is your focus, what is it that makes you, you? As you say, This is YOUR Life.
    Bregman provides the cause celebre’ on why you need a “to do” list to accomplish “your” thing. But, first find your passion, your focus, you; and then embrace it and make it happen. Moment by moment, day by day, year by year.
    I read your book “Platform”. Saw the tools to help you say what you had to say, sell what you had to sell. But say and sell what? You mention the WOW, but how do we find the WOW. It almost seemed you assumed we would know it when we see it.
    Well, Bregman helps us with finding that focus and the passion. Allen gets us through the step by step of everyday grinding through to the end. But what end? Being decisive for no reason is not a reason or a focus. Just firm.
    I am hopeful the book “Decisive” provides the analytical tools to work my WOW, my focus, my passion. I enjoyed and appreciated your book Michael. But, there was no how to the Wow; no now to the Wow; no way to go from wow to Wow to WOW! If you have something to say, you better believe, you better be sure, you better be ready to fight the distractors and the detractors, from without and within. Fighting the four villians to being decisive and the decision-making schema to find your focus and more importantly stay focused is and should be a critical link to building a Platform that matters.
    You like it. Then, I’m in. It’s time to find focus, wow, and go forward full-steam ahead!

  • Emily

    Learning to make better decisions with greater calm has been a focus of mine for the last couple of months! This book is definitely one I would love to have as I pursue this goal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/royce.phillips.5 Royce Phillips

    My firm has undergone, and continues to undergo, transformational change. I drive this change for my region and a book such as this will help me to formulate my decisions to be more effective. I value the recommendations of books from Michael, and I have purchased and read these books. Without fail, they have all provided nuggets of wisdom I could immediately use.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1333302042 Marc Arlt

    Thanks for this post Michael. Making good decisions has been something I have battled with in the past and something I know I need to get right into the future. For me, marriage, church leadership, and starting a family soon, all require good decisions because the cost of bad ones is so great. Would love to learn…

  • Joel

    Sometimes I feel like my position is way over my head and that I am the bottle neck of my organization. Seems that most of these feelings and situations are due to decision making. Really think this book can help me and my team lead better by making better decisions

  • Mike McGinnis

    I like green apple airheads which makes me like the cover. I like pool and magic which makes me like that magical eight ball. And if this book is anywhere near Switch or Made To Stick, this is dynamite and as a budding entrepreneur (DJ), I’d like in on the action! Wicky Wicky.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Right decision making is essential when it comes to moving toward a better future. Sounds like a good book!

  • Destination Destiny

    The process of Getting beyond narrow thinking is critical and the process interest me

  • Azim Makboulhoussen

    Thanks for this post Michael.

  • ArtGirl

    I would really like to read this book as I find that anything that can help one look from a different perspective is beneficial to them.

  • http://fartilfem.com/ Marcelino Gauguin

    I not ashame of confessing that I follow the regular pattern of bad descision-making. I love any thought provoking views that can promt me to think in new ways. Thanks for this share.

  • EK

    The appeal is the practical benefit to someone who is too quick to act & react like me. Why do I want it? To read & b/c if I don’t win I may not buy until it hits the local used book rack.

  • D. Allen

    Right now I’m struggling to make some big decisions. Here are just a few examples.

    1. Finish college ( i have 1 year left) – with no guarantee it will help job efforts.
    2. Go full bore into screenwriting (my endgame is to be there, but it will take time to transition successfully into a career.)
    3. Get a career coach, investing the money I saved for college, to attain the material, prep, and guidance needed to get hired in advertising – which could get me out of the 70+ hour workweeks I currently have. From there, transition comfortably (have a life) into screenwriting.

    All are major commitments of time and money. I pray every day for guidance, but I also believe God wants me to be more active in the decision making process.

  • Patti

    Funny that I stumble into this article when I made an intention on moving forward and be conscious of decisions I make. This might help me a lot in understanding on how to make right decisions & be decisive. Thanks Michael

  • Amy Hunt

    I struggle with making decisions too quickly, especially after seeking affirmation from others; I hunger for it. I need to step back and breathe a little; to be in the space of what reality could look like. Wise advise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cl4068 Chris Lowder

    I want to learn to make better decisions, to become a better leader of my family and to help me be more productive at work.

  • Maltepoomom

    The principles you’ve outlined from this book could be a huge game changer for a team that us really struggling with an indecisive leader.

  • Dustin Dauenhauer

    As a non profit business owner I am faced with many decisions everyday and sometimes there is a feeling of second guessing my choice hoping I made the right one. I want the book to better clarify or at least feel like I got my selfish ambitions out of the way to effectivly make the right or best choice for my company.

  • Jason Peeler

    I would love to get my hands on this book to compare it to Scripture and refine my decision making process to live a godly life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/antone.goyak Antone Goyak

    I could definitely use this book – decisions today not only seem more complex but more decisions seem to need to be made in any given day. I work in the higher ed industry and work with people a lot. You want to make the right decisions when your behaviors affect those you work alongside and respect.

  • http://www.workyouenjoy.com/ Adam Rico

    We can get training in just about everything but I’ve seen very few courses on decision making. Yet our lives are defined by the decisions we make. I would love to see what the author has to say about a decision making process. This has prompted me to observe myself as I make decisions daily to watch my decision making process.

    I’m in a season of life where I am making decisions that will impact my young family and I want to make sure I am making the best and most wise decisions for us long term. I know my process can improve and this book sounds like a great resource to help with that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.lawson.397 Mary Lawson

    What interesting timing that I hear about this book. The office discussion this week was centered around how to get the team, all of us, to make better decisions in how we go about our days work and how those steps are affecting the outcome we are aiming for. Look forward to getting a copy.

  • Marie Halkjaer

    I’m just finishing Switch from the Heath-brothers. I would love to continue with this one!

  • JakeDOlson

    I feel like the decisions my wife and I make on a day to day basis are constantly setting the map for the life we live, and in recent years, we’ve made some decisions that were major in the sense of a cross continent move, and realized later that we really weren’t on the same page and we hadn’t thought it through thoroughly enough. I need direction in the area of decision making, and I need to provide better direction to my team.

  • http://twitter.com/susanhlawrence Susan Lawrence

    I generally don’t have issues with making decisions, but I struggle sometimes with helping others who DO struggle to make decisions learn how to make decisions! And, of course, just because I can be decisive doesn’t mean I decide well! Looks like a great read that will help me personally as well as to be able to share with others.

  • Charissa Greer

    I will need help with the follow through of decisions I make. I am also guilty of narrow thinking based on my own experiences to confirm a decision.

  • Andrew Giwa

    i just started following your posts this year and so far everything i’ve been able to glean from what you share on your pod-casts have been “news i can and do use”. the appealing thing about this book is that it speaks to one area of my life that needs shoring up, decision making. if i’m picked to get the book i want to learn all i can about making quality decisions that would make better impact on my sphere of influence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.l.jones.739 David L Jones

    Thank you for bringing their latest book to my attention. I read “Made to Stick” and loved it. I’m interested to learn more about their decision making suggestions…such an important topic. Thank you

  • http://twitter.com/jimsimply James Cain

    The Heath brothers have consistently brought innovative thinking to the table. Switch had so much to say about bringing about change effectively; Decisive sounds like a perfect companion to help leaders make the tough decisions that can help bring the change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmhansenphoto Michael Hansen

    I have always run into the “fork in the road” decision moments of life, especially when either path is good and right, and struggled with how to make an educated choice. To have a book that clearly and efficiently guides me toward making priorities for decision making would be amazing! Work (and various contract labor opportunities) is always one of the trickiest areas for me. Thank you for informing me about it!

  • R Newcomb

    book sounds interesting

  • Kim Paddleford

    Love the Heath brothers! Can’t wait to read the book. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/nmabry nmabry

    Decisions don’t just affect us as individuals, they can affect our family, our church, our companies (regardless of our leadership role). I’ve made my share of bad decisions and would greatly welcome the insight that the Heath brothers are offering.

    Presently, we’re praying on pursuing adoption. That’s a huge decision. Assuming the affirmative, it is followed by a host more: do we adopt internationally? what organization do we go through? how will we finance it? boy or girl? healthy or disabled? on and on….

  • http://www.ericdwoods.com/ Eric Woods

    Chip and Dan are decidedly good writers… and clearly have something to share here.

  • http://twitter.com/kevinsubra Kevin Subra

    Down with analysis paralysis. Looking forward to the book.

  • elizabeth

    I want one because I am super, super, super guilty of being indecisive & I Loved their other book. I feel it would (will!) be a good/useful tool! :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

    I have benefited from every book of theirs so far. I could really use some decision making honing skills.

  • http://twitter.com/esggraphics Eric Gale

    You recommend great books. I know that I need to learn to make better decisions in all areas of my life. I’m a work in progress and I know that my tomorrow is determined by my decisions today.

  • Michael Moak

    I haven’t been following you very long, but you have constantly challenged my thinking and therefore, my actions. The hardest person to lead is myself and I know this book can play a big part in helping me continue to grow ME so that I can be better at helping others to grow too. Thanks for the giveaways… very generous of you friend!

  • http://www.livetodaycourageously.com/ TJ Fruichantie

    What appeals to me about this book is that it gives you a simple, 4 step process for better decision making. I admit, like most, easily get trapped in the “four villains” of decision making. As a dad, I want to pass on better traits to my children and following generations. Sounds like this book would help. Thanks for recommending it!

  • Ben Morrissey

    In the position that I am in, major decisions have to be made every day. Michael Hyatt’s blog and Twitter posts have been great helps to my growth as a leader

  • http://twitter.com/Gearoutfitter Stephen

    I just listened to the Entreleadership podcast with Robert D. Smith and realized I have been alive for 12,217 days and counting and have not done anything to make the world any better, made terrible decisions most of my life, and acknowledged it is time for me to change. After I listened to this podcast I logged into twitter and saw your post at the top, now giving away 100 copies. I think this will be a good first book to read to help with my new direction in life. Thanks for all you do I am sure it will benefit all those that receive it.

    • http://harrisonjonathan.wordpress.com/ Jonathan Harrison

      Stephen – sounds like you are making some great moves now! I love that you took Robert D Smith’s approach to heart, and numbered your days.
      Day :11,950 on my end- I’m sure there are great things in store for you!

  • http://www.beforethecross.com/ Mike Mobley

    What appeals to me about this book is to think through making a decision taking my time, being more patient, and looking at various angles before doing so. Basically just wanting to make wiser decisions and stick with them.

  • darrell

    I work with people and I do a lot of mentoring. One of the most common requests is “tell me what to do.” The points in the post above resonate with my experience and I’m always looking for new insights for helping people, and myself, learn how to make better decisions. I really appreciate the way you invest your life in others, Michael. Thank you for that gift of your life.

  • Todd

    Principal of an elementary school. Been following you on tweeter for several months. Look forward to getting a copy of book. I like your information and have found it to be very beneficial and useful.

  • Jeff Jones

    Thank you for turning me on to this book. My Myers-Brigg and DiSC assessments both point out my challenge with analysis-paralysis and my accounting training often pulls me down into a narrow focus. On the other hand, my inquisitiveness and desire to understand people, ideas and options lead me to think broadly about what might be and to stop and consider the options and weigh the choices. This is one I can’t wait to read.

  • Kiley

    As a freshman CEO, I’m always focused on learning about making my teams, brand, and products better. This book has to be a part of that learning material! Thanks for the recommendation.

  • http://twitter.com/blauerindianer Alexander

    I think decision making is probably the strongest of all soft skills, all the others just inherit their power from this one. So, this is definitely a must-read for me.

  • http://twitter.com/joeysparks Joey Sparks

    I am excited about “Decisive” because we’re expecting our first child, Hazel Grace, at the end of May. I’ve never felt a greater burden to be decisive about the direction of our home and intentionally training her during the short time the Lord entrusts my wife & I with her life.

    (“Decisive” also appeals to me because of the Heath brothers. Their previous two books are the reason my wife jokes that I love to read “nerd books.”)

  • http://twitter.com/ljallen20 Lisa Allen

    I am interested in this book to make wise and informed decisions. Also, I recognize that without a thorough and consistent process, it hamper my ability to be as neutral as possible.

  • Rachel

    Too often I have seen those in my family and community make decisions based on what may be comfortable or logical, in the moment, as opposed to what is wise long-term. I want to actively strive to be different, making wise decisions in my own life, being intentional in knowing that I am setting an example for my son and others who may be influenced by my life.

  • Scott M

    Any book by the Heath brothers is going to be at the top of my To Read list. Being clear and decisive is an admiral trait. I am particularly interested in reading more about how to fight our confirmation bias and the concept of attaining distance before making a decision. Loved Made to Stick, Switch, Myth of the Garage, and looking forward to Decisive!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679471927 David Taylor

    It sounds like a great read. I am always looking at the decision making process of those I am mentoring as I often see that many of us make short sighted decisions and do not seek the input of those God has placed around us (Prov 15:22).

  • http://twitter.com/KarinaEFranco Karina Franco

    I am so excited about this book. I work in higher education and continue to see young people make poor decisions about majors and careers, and worse yet, poor choices about life. I think there is a lot I can gain personally from this book, but love the idea of applying it to my work as well. I have already applied principles from Made to Stick in a campus leadership training program. I would love a free book to start applying these principles in my class for students on academic probation!

  • RobinWhitson

    One thing that we are trying to teach in our men’s ministry is leadership and making wise decisions. Your decisions affect your life, your family and those around you. The WRAP process seems to fit in this. We are teaching men to become free – Galatians 5. We believe that when you change a man, you change a family, you change the Kingdom.

  • http://twitter.com/TheSaneMom The Sane Mom

    I would love to learn more about the process that the authors lay out. I’m a big fan of non-fiction and it looks like this book has a lot to offer.

  • John T

    I really enjoyed reading Made to Stick and I need the new book because I make really bad decisions…. most of the time.

  • Laura

    As a homeschool mom learning more about being decisive would help a great deal!

  • http://twitter.com/jenperkins Jennifer Perkins

    I’m looking forward to getting my copy of Decisive in the mail today–but I am hoping for a second copy to give to a lucky friend!

  • Russell

    in today’s world there is an increasing need to understand how to make better decisions in life and work. From students to older adults, we all make choices. I recently heard Dr. David Platt make a statement: 1) we make choices and 2) God is sovereign. Understanding this tells me that we all need to know how to make wiser choices or decisions. A copy of this book will aide in helping making wise decisions as well as showing young people as well.

  • http://twitter.com/suehesse Sue Hesse

    Must be good, also recommended by Verne Harnish …

  • Chris

    I have a person in my church that often tells me that the only wrong decision is making no decision. I’m curious how Chip and Dan work through this thought in the book.

  • Micah Horneman

    I’m excited to possibly get this book because I know it will help me be more confident in the decisions I make, and as I have a idea for a similar book, I am interested to see how the author presents his material.

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisLeyTweets Chris Ley

    Since I have become a member of your “Tribe” I have enjoyed all of the things you have brought to my world. Each day I learn more, from you and the others that you recommend. I am certain that if you are recommending this book it will be great! Thanks for all that you share, Michael!

  • bob mcaulay

    The four steps outlined in the book Decisive are intriguing. I am interested in learning more. I think the ideas would be helpful in working with congregations make decisions about their future and priorities.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NickSeders Nick Seders

    Why this book appeals to me: it lays out a practical process in decision making – which proves to be important in the BIG decisions of life. Why I want this book: as a young leader, and soon to be husband, I want to apply these decision making principles to my life.

  • Javi De Cabo

    I saw the twitter mention about that book and not only the topic is very interesting but the summary got my attraction. It is the first time I heard about you but I will follow you close in the future. Thanks!

  • Lea-Ann

    need more info about the short-term emotion …

  • http://twitter.com/tbric Tom Brichacek

    I am trying to grow a business and decisions are constantly needing to be made. I would like to read this book to broaden my critical thinking skills!

  • http://theinnerharborblog.com/ Emily Gallimore

    What doesn’t appeal to me about this book!? In all seriousness, I’ve been trying to figure out how to make my “yes” mean more lately by being more selective and purposeful with my choices in various areas of life, so this book sounds right in line with that.

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelSeel Michael Seel

    This sounds like a fascinating book…and better than my current method of flipping a coin.

  • Hussam I

    Thanks Michael for the great post!
    Decision making is always a struggle in both personal and professional aspects. I hoping to find a roadmap for better decision making in this book.

  • Pat301

    Making better decisions can only improve one’s life. Guidelines to achieve same are compelling tools to acquire.

  • Pam

    Sounds like it’s packed with easy to follow wise advise. I would like to pass it on to my son – grin.

  • Donald Suess

    Michael, I don’t want this book… I need it. You see, I am a business owner whose businesses are on the verge of cliff-diving. I am passionate about what I do. I love people and the ideas they bring into my life. However as my businesses are not bringing in enough income to provide for my family (my wife & I have eight beautiful children) at this time, there are many voices offering direction. Many that fall into one of the four categories listed above. I believe this book will give me insight into their thinking. Insights that I need to counter the barrage of advice with which I am being assailed. But more importantly… my thinking stumbles into these pitfalls on its own. Therefore, I NEED it to correct my own thinking.

    It’s on my wishlist. I’ll probably get it later anyway and pay it forward. I just don’t have the money right now.

    Thanks for sharing, Michael.

  • http://twitter.com/salesengine Sales Engine

    We’ve had this book on our list since it was first announced—I’m especially fascinated by the decisions we make in business and how we prioritize certain decisions over others. Really looking forward to learning more from this book!

  • Brenda

    This seems to be the topic of conversation I have had multiple times lately. People repeatedly making poor choices and bad decisions. I am excited to get this book and begin reading…if I am not one of the 50 I will be purchasing this book immediately.

  • Angelena Bn

    This information would be excellent to add to my Life Strategy Coach’s toolbox to offer as a guide to my clients! Can’t wait to get my book! :-)

  • Ade

    I have read both previous books by Heather Brothers – Made to Stick and Switch – and was never disappointed. Can’t wait to read this one on decisive!!! I’m sure it will make a difference for me as a leader! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://wikitalks.com/ Maria G.

    I think Decisive will be able to help me narrow down my choices in life
    since I have noticed I am always having a hard time to choose what I want from
    so many great options. It would be great if I learned to do that.

  • http://twitter.com/roperfmi Jeff Roper

    Somewhere along the way I was told “90% of the decision you need to make as a leader can be made by an intelligent high school student, you get paid for the other 10% that no one else can decide.” Since decision making is critical to good leadership, it is good to have a resource like this to help hone the skill. Thanks for letting us know about it.

  • http://twitter.com/nardusleroux Nardus le Roux

    “I used to be indecisive, but now I just don’t know” pretty much sums up my life, so if ever someone needed this book, it would be me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandi.burroughs.9 Sandi Burroughs

    I am director of a counseling agency and we work with alot of people who have difficulty making decisions. I think this book would be a great resource for us. I have read Made To Stick and really enjoyed the way the authors presented their information. Thank you for the possibility of obtaining this resource!

  • http://twitter.com/lizmatney Liz Matney

    Looking for some changes in my life. This sounds like an excellent book to use in my discernment process.

  • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

    Sadly, my first reaction to “Forty-one percent of first marriages end in divorce.” was “Wow, I thought it was higher.”

    I read Made to Stick and it is awesome. I have no reason to believe this would not be the same.

  • http://twitter.com/mikewatts502 Mike Watts

    This sounds like a great book to help any business leader make good decisions

  • http://www.pauljolicoeur.com/ Paul Jolicoeur

    I love the cover art! I would like to receive a copy of this book because I want to become more focused and better at making decisions.

  • Kathleen Napolitano

    I can see there is quite a bit of interest in the book! I too would like to score a free copy. Number one reason, it is recommended by Michael Hyatt! Number two, I know I have at least 3 of the 4 villains holding me back and I would like to learn to conquer them. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • http://thesmartdad.com/ Phil Littleton

    My wife and I struggle with making some of the simplest decisions. I’m hoping this book will help instill confidence in decision making. Though, I don’t struggle as much at work, I am sure it will contribute to my personal development and career goals.

  • http://www.wealth-steps.com/ Luis@wealth-steps

    I bet that being the 718 commenter is the lucky number!! :-)

    I figure that thinks it takes me five minutes to decide which ice cream I want I REALLY need this book.

    Seriously though, developing a better system (for me) for making important decisions is one of my goals for this year. Ever heard of the term “analyis paralysis”? Although I have improved on this I still got ways to go.

  • http://twitter.com/DainHanson Dain Hanson

    My wife and I both struggle with making decisions and are currently in the middle of making the biggest decisions of our lives dealing with jobs/careers, where we want to live, and having children. When i saw this post I just knew that this was an investment that I needed to make. Thank you for the opportunity to snag this book through your blog.

  • http://twitter.com/JoinerJill Jill Joiner

    As a coach, I have been intrigued by how my coachees make decisions and establish goals for their professional lives. I would love to have a copy of this book as another resource/tool I use with those that I coach. Thanks for your podcasts…I find them very valuable.

  • Patrick Bayer

    I have seen the 4 villains quite a few times in different settings and would be very interested to see how the authors suggest they be handled.

  • Clinton

    I have seen villians 1 and 4 almost daily in my career. Learning new techniques to deal with the four would most certainly benefit me.

  • http://twitter.com/JoshCorriveau Josh Corriveau

    I am very interested in reading this book to improve upon my indecisiveness. I have previously suffered from “analysis paralysis” and hope that this book will help me to make decisions more quickly and with more confidence. I will be making many new decisions in the near future as I graduate from college, so I look forward to applying the information from this book. Thank you Michael for your continued inspiration to improve upon myself.

  • chriswilliamsde

    I just began my role as executive pastor at College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana. A key aspect of my job is making decisions. This book seems like a good resource to help me improve my skills as a decision maker. On top of that, I coach our staff as they lead their various ministries. This resource would be worth digging into to see if it is something that could benefit our staff – something that could help them improve their decision making.

  • http://Www.goleadergrow.wordpress.com/ Jim Johnson

    I’ve been a fan of “Made to Stick” for years. I have purchased several copies just to give them away to friends. I recently finished “Switch”. I have already put into practice some of the ideas I picked up from this great book.
    I’m looking forward to reading the 3rd book by the Heath Bros. They always make me think. I bring their work up constantly here at work with my colleagues. I enjoy the practical, relevant ideas they put forth.

  • http://twitter.com/emstring Marlene Stringfellow

    I look forward to reading this book even if I don’t win a free copy.

  • Andrew Acker

    My professional thoroughness (aka, indecisiveness) is very decisive in seeing this book as a potential game changer. I’m also curious to weigh this against the current trend amongst my peers of waiting for the perfect job and scenario (indecisiveness), rather than pursuing work for experience and guidance.

    And because learner is one of my top strengths-finder strengths, and I’m a nerd, and I like to read.

  • BENJIE LUCAS

    THE BOOK SEEMS TO BE HELPFUL IN MINISTRY [MAKING DECISIONS IN MINISTRY WITH THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT]. THE BOOK IS DEFINITELY A GOOD RESOURCE.

  • Albert Lew

    What appeals to me about the book is the practical nature that can applied both professional and personal living. I can use a copy to help check if some of the current habits I use are effective enough and modify accordingly to reach my furthest potential.

  • Greg Hammond

    Where we find ourselves in life is due to all of the decisions we have made leading up to this point. Chip and Dan Heath’s new book, Decisive, looks to assist each one of us improve on how we make our future decisions, which will only improve on where we will go from here. I look forward to reading and implementing Chip and Dan’s advice.

  • Mike

    I look forward to this book. I work in a business not only where the client has to make a decision but the sales person has to decide on what product is appropriate. This book would be great on shortening the sales process.

  • Yvonne

    I too am looking forward to this read. I just added it to my wish list! I’d love to post a review on my website!

  • Joanne

    I’m intrigued by the “confirmation bias” and as soon as I read this I recognized the truth of this. I’d love to learn more about how to overcome it.

  • http://twitter.com/jtmasoniv John Mason

    This book appeals to me because Chip and Dan speak in ways that are impactful. If they did this about Change (Switch) I can only imagine the impact they’ll have on my decisions at home and work!

  • http://twitter.com/jtmasoniv John Mason

    “Switch” was so impactful, I can only imagine how much better this will make my decision process at home, church and work!

  • Damon

    I’ve made the mistakes mentioned in the statistics, and have seen the villains. Now it’s time to break the cycle. This resource would be valuable in upcoming decisions for a new home, a major work project, and to share with my three boys.

  • Cathy B

    I would love to hear what the book has to say about #3, being caught in the short term emotion of a project and not being able to separate yourself from it.. that is loaded.. it also involved life situations with people too.
    Cathy B*****y pbprojecthope at yahoodotcom

  • http://twitter.com/gselmer George Selmer

    Our organisation is in a rapidly changing environment & clear decisions will be needed to bring us through with success. I recognise the traps outlined & the WRAP process makes good sense. I’d like to read this & share it with my SMT.

  • http://chrismorton.info Chris Morton

    I’m curious why fear is not one of the 4 villains. Fear, especially stemming from past difficulties, is holding me back the most. Is it mentioned in the book?

  • Roel van Sleeuwen

    The fact that two brothers have wrote this book appeals to me. I’ve founded a company a year ago with my two brothers: Marbles, in order to inspire every human being to live their dreams.

    Decision, to me, is what makes business compelling. I am mastering life, being 25-years old, and your preview inspires to continue sharing my insights with samers*.

    Your decision to inspire hundreds of people to find the reason for their personal development, it inspired me. Thank you.

    *Samers: others who are in essence the same.

  • TimKrupa

    Very good quick review. Your other recommendations have been sound. I willl read.

  • http://www.strategicplanningforgrowth.co.uk/ Jane Bromley

    I really relate to the problems you list about decision making especially 2. We fall into a confirmation basis.
    This book sounds excellent. It seems very down to earth and practical. I particularly can’t wait to read it – and use the process to help my clients even more.

    Thank you once again. Yet another great blog.

  • Jen4Ever4Always

    Working on making a big decision, would love this book!

  • Ccadenask

    Would love to read the book because curious about your 4 ways to influence to counteract the villains…

  • Jenny Fleming

    Because I enjoy your posts, I value your recommendation and think it would be a book well worth reading – everyone wants to make better decisions…well, most everyone! Thanks

  • Tammy

    One of my colleagues just asked me last week for material on making good decisions, as part of her personal development and growth. So glad to hear of this resource Michael. Thanks for sharing it!

  • http://twitter.com/Chad_Austin Chad Austin

    Through a recent assessment, I discovered that one of my strengths is that I am “Deliberative.” While gathering information, considering pros and cons, etc. can greatly inform decision-making, I often get stuck in “analysis-paralysis.” This book would be a great resource to help me move from being “Deliberative” to “Decisive.”

  • Richard

    Not surprised by the 4 villains – I know them personally! I am very interested in using WRAP and keeping the villains at bay. I look forward to the free book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joel.cook.524 Joel Cook

    For me, the appealing factor of this book is the description of the topics on confirmation bias and short term emotion. I’ve found that I deal with both of these issues in my own life and welcome the advice of these authors. Hence, my desire to obtain a free copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest.

  • Steve Goble

    This book is appealing partly because it was written by the Heath brothers, but also because I believe it will help me to become more decisive in my decision making by learning the underlying reasons of why I’m not.

  • http://twitter.com/bobfelts Bob Felts

    I’m a pastor and will be doing a message series on decision making and this book looks like it would have some valuable information for me.

  • http://twitter.com/LScottMeyer Scott Meyer

    I am a minister and even though I LOVE ministry and serving the church I am also convinced that there are few organizations that are more paralyzed by indecisiveness than churches. I loved Switch and look forward to sharing this book with our ministry team.

  • Brad H

    I have a strong desire to be more effective at leading, both in a professional setting but more importantly in a family setting. I think one of the areas that I can improve on is decision making and I would love to learn new ways to get better in this area. I want to be impactful in the way I live life!

  • Big Chris

    Like you said Michael, not much could impact quality of life like making better decisions! As a father, husband & boss I would greatly benefit from the Heath brothers style of writing. This book sounds amazing.

  • Max Appiah

    Just imagine a 25 year old African guy, working and collaborating across the globe with people from other continents, different cultures and different opinions. Nevertheless, he must get his Engineering projects accomplished in such a challenging environment (Team). I am currently in Brazil and your continuous posts have been my inspiration. Now, It is Life and Career Choices; which will make a great impact in my entire life as well as the people I work with. Will such a person miss this?

  • Robert Nigro

    I’ve worked harder lately at making better decisions, mostly about life issues. I’m interested in this book and want a copy because I feel I need to and can get better at choosing life and work paths. So far, the best system I came up with (and which works OK) is to write “Pro” and “Con” at the top of a sheet of paper, then brainstorm all the reasons “for” and “against” a particular decision. The last time I did this, I convinced myself to start a search for a new job, even though I was happy enough at the job I had. When a real opportunity came along in that job search, I was in a much better, less emotional place from which to evaluate it, because I’d already assessed reasons to stay where I was, and why to go, and why to jump to a new opportunity or why not to. When I’d finished that list, recognizing that some new opportunity would come with situations and outcomes that cannot be predicted, I was able to weed out the “more crummy” pro and com reasons, leaving me with a clearer path to the ultimate decision I made. Which worked out very well for me.

  • http://twitter.com/patamo Pat Callahan

    Hi Michael,

    I have just “graduated” into the role of Lead Pastor after having been a staff pastor for the past 24 years. What appeals to me about the book is the fact that I have a very great desire to make good, wise, effective decisions as my scope of impact has increased greatly with my new role. In other words, I don’t want to screw up the great church that I have been called to lead! =) If this book is anything like their first, I know it will be of great value. Thanks for your consideration.

  • Amal

    I always wanted to be a better decision maker. Based on your review, it should be a wonderful book. So I would be happy to be one among those 50 winners.

  • Brian

    I need to learn to be a better decision maker. This book sounds great. Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/jenniferfonseca Jennifer Fonseca

    I am taking actions to be a more decisive person. I realize now the constant criticism I received growing up caused me to not trust my own judgment. As an adult this destructive belief is hindering my growth and I am making strides to re-train my brain. I may not be responsible for what happened to me as a child, however I am fully responsible for what I do with it as an adult. Time to change!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.hodgins1 Sarah Hodgins

    The stats in your email are surprising – at least about the lawyers and the merger…I would love to learn to make better decisions…

  • http://twitter.com/csreed Colter Reed

    Looking forward to reading this. Awareness of how we think (spotlight thinking, confirmation bias) is the first step to improving how we think.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.leach.10 Mark Leach

    Every bullet point in the post resonated with me. I’m a lawyer; I’m sure 40% of my colleagues would not recommend this as a profession and 80% of the mergers I’ve been a part of have caused regret by the merged parties. I’m also the board chair for a local charity where I’ve seen each of the four villians to making decisions play out. And, since 2008, I’ve chaired the Informed Decision Making Task Force, an effort devoted to improving the administration of prenatal testing for Down syndrome. The WRAP Process would improve not only my profession and my charity, but also a nationwide effort to improve decision making in the prenatal context.

  • http://www.facebook.com/katherinegracebond Katherine Grace Bond

    I find that many of my decisions are made by the “tyranny of the urgent.” My to-do list is so packed that I feel I don’t have time to deliberate. Or I make a decision by not making a decision, because I’ve allowed something to languish. Having a process to vet opportunities would be most helpful.

  • Marlee

    This book appeals to me because of the power in our decision making. Our decision making has the ability to impact our surroundings, our sphere of influence, and our future. The importance of decision making is often under emphasized. When trapped by the villains mentioned, how can we be leveraging our decision making for personal and business success? I would like a copy so that I may learn more effectively to strategically make decisions and understand the importance and role of doing so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brentm00 Brent Mitchell

    I’m all about having a process and would love to hear of one to help in the decision making process.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shante.hayes.3 Shante Hayes

    What appeals to me most about this book is the knowledge I am sure to gain in making better decisions. I want to be more well rounded in all aspects of my life. I have several catergories that I pray about often for God to work on BUT the art of effective decision making was not one of them before now!

  • MAZZ

    I have so much to say. So many directions that I could go. Wanting to tell my story. So much to do. I don’t think the 4 vilians live within me. Yes, I am prepared to be wrong and always hoping to be right.

  • Ashley Bierwolf

    I recently became the manager overseeing 4 team leads with about 40 people in the department. Making decisions is what I spend half my day doing, the rest of my day is spent gathering the information I think I need to make those decisions. Our department has suffered some pretty serious morale issues lately, largely due to a lack of communication and several shifts in the management team. I believe it is okay to try our theories, and test processes in action, making changes as we go and being honest about what does and doesn’t work. It would, however, be wonderful to make great decisions from the beginning. Steering an entire department in the right direction is tough, and it sounds like this book could give some great insight and advice.

  • http://twitter.com/Stan_Stinson Stan Stinson

    I am always looking for ways to improve and this book sounds like it would help me improve my decision making skills…I think :-)

  • Darrel Schick

    At first I couldn’t decide to leave a comment … or not … But then I decided I need a copy of this book!

  • http://twitter.com/kpalmer71 Kerry Palmer

    I have just been named Head of School at a Christian school. Decision-making is now and will continue to be a part of my daily work. This book would prove to be a tremendous resource to me as i assume my new role.

  • http://twitter.com/SCOTTAOSBORN SCOTT OSBORN

    Yes! Attempt #2 at getting this awesome book!

  • http://twitter.com/Jeff_Yaniga Jeff Yaniga

    Better decision making will leads to better outcomes for those most important to us at work and at home. Can’t wait to read this book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/terrence.cutler Terrence Cutler

    Tiered of making bad dicissions.

  • http://twitter.com/Jokasy MaryAnne Martinson

    I am a leader and ideas person but always struggle with which ideas to pursue and which to let go of. I really like the ideas presented so far and would be interested in reading the rest of the book. I think these ideas could really make a big impact in helping me decide what projects to take on next.

  • Maha Hassan

    Hi Michael, decision making seems like the earth’s axis around which everything revolves. You really have to go from one to the other. We really need to have a wider scope of thinking in order to be fair towards others as well as ourselves. I am so much interested in reading this book as I am a Human Development Trainer. I’d like to add to my experiences, what are the different perspectives that others use to make great and important decisions about their lives. It would be really enriching to help me help others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mimmordino Michael Immordino

    I’m always interested in furthering my education and this book seems to be a wonderful opportunity to learn how to make better decisions.

  • Roger Scarlett

    Decision making has always been a challenge. I would like (need!) a way to understand how to arrive at decisions with greater confidence and speed. Thanks for considering me for your give away.

  • Carl

    this really makes sense i want to know more

  • Brian McCaw

    As a part-time PhD researcher, I often have to take decisions about my research and I am sure I have been guilty of all 4 ‘villains’ at various times. I am in no doubt that this book would help me to develop an effective decision making process.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aniekan.whyte Aniekan Joshua Whyte

    Following your posts and blogs for me has been very insightful and I’m so glad the world have leaders like you to not just look up to but follow… Thanks for being “You”

  • http://twitter.com/erinbbird Erin Bird

    What appeals to me about this book and why do I want a copy? I am a church planter who finds he is having to make decisions constantly, and to be honest, I am sometimes slow at it. This book might be just what I need to help me with making good decisions and having confidence I’ve done so.

    The other reason I’m drawn to this book is that I have a goal to read 40 books this year. “Decisive” sounds exactly like the type of book that would be great to include in my 40.

  • olufemi ogunsanlu

    Wow,I think this will be a great book to have and apply.Cos the problem is not reading the books but the application.I hope this helps to put things in better perspective.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mesafintayehu Desta Mesafint

    Life is choice and that choice is based on decision.. and i have limitations in decision making. that is why i need a copy.

  • Ministry Design Coach

    I am training pastors as a ministry coach and I am constantly looking for resources to strengthen our ministries. Decision making is a large part of leadership and management and this book appears to have great potential to help equip ministry leaders.

  • http://danielnstinson.com/ Daniel N. Stinson

    I read the Heath brothers book “Switch and loved it. They do a phenomenal job of taking complex ideas and communicating them in memorable stories, but also with practical application steps.

    Also, my boss just told me yesterday that the #1 thing he wants me to work on is decision making…so I would say this is aptly timed :)

  • Daniel Damm

    Sounds like a great strategic approach to decision making. I have a hard time even choosing a meal at Mc Donald’s, so any help is appreciated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susie-Murtaugh-Wilson/1428712299 Susie Murtaugh Wilson

    It is absolutely true that we are all bad at making decisions, so gaining a basic understanding of the problem is a great starting point. What really interests me about this book is seeing the full scope & measure of the decision-making process that equips us with a tool for making decisions in any situation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eayres Ernie Ayres

    Thanks for another great book recommendation! I could definitely use help making better decisions.

  • http://twitter.com/josh_slaughter Josh Slaughter

    I know a few people that could benefit from this book (mainly myself). Also, the book cover is quite clever.

  • http://www.coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com Aaron Maurer

    As an educator I find myself constantly teaching and discussing decision making. At a middle school students are constantly dealing with how to make proper decisions with all the factors of life. I have read their other books and have found them to be so helpful.

  • http://www.jdeddins.com/ JD Eddins

    As a therapist I am working with people every day to make decisions that could change their lives, and yet for many people staying stuck where they are not seems like the best move because at least they know what to expect. Being decisive can mean learning a “new normal” which can be scary at times.

  • http://www.lifeonthehorizn.wordpress.com/ Michelle

    This would be the perfect gift for my daughter who is graduating from high school! (of course, I would enjoy reading it too).

  • Shelley Hess

    Hi Michael! We are EXCEEDINGLY INTERESTED in what this book has to say in light of a circumstance we are right this moment walking through.

    The facts and stats speak for themselves, and I, for one, number in at least a few of those. Therefore, I’m always delighted to connect with a ‘better plan’…. and your recommendations are consistently excellent and life-changing!

    In that vein, i am certain that a Michael Hyatt list (kept current) of favorite podcasters and books of the moment, would be well read and of great value to thousands, not just me!!

    Perhaps the title and author, as well as a short sentence, or even phrase, indicating topic, would keep it simple AND share the wealth!!!

    You and Yours Have a Blessed Easter celebrating our Redeemer!

  • http://twitter.com/simplymagnolia1 simplymagnolia

    In a nutshell, life is about making decisions, may it be good or bad.
    From the moment the alarm-clock rings, we are faced with a whole gamut of choices; From what clothes to wear, to what we’ll have for lunch or where to spend our money. And so, in the aspect of decision-making, we really need to have as much help as we can get. I believe that having this book will not only help me in my decision-making skills, but will also improve the quality of my life.

  • Jimmy Riddle

    I tend to suffer from paralysis by analysis…I think…I don’t know, it’s hard to decide. Plus winning a copy of the book would me reach my goal of reading 13 books in 2013!

  • Darla

    As I move ahead in the second era of my life, I am being offered a career-shifting job. It is a tough decision to change. This book could help me clarify my thinking about whether or not to leave the security of what I have always known……….

  • http://twitter.com/iwery iWery

    I loved “Switch” and “Made to stick”. My NYR for 2013 is to become decisive. I’m sure this book will be right on the money.

  • Angelo Giovas

    decision making is integral to life. anything that helps towards better decisions is to be considered.

  • http://twitter.com/KeithPares Keith Pares

    I tend to make decisions based on emotions and I think the process this books outlines would help me make better decisions in my life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/oky.tanardi Oky Tanardi

    I would like to master how to make a right decision. All this time I am afraid to make a decision because most of the decision I made turn out to be not so right. So I hope after reading this book I am able to make more right decision.

  • Malik M.L. Williams

    I’d love a copy of this book because in just a few seconds I realized I have fallen prey to all four of those villains. I’d love the chance change that.

  • Madras Ponnu

    The first line says it all! It seriously is time we start being conscious about the decisions we make. Thing is, we know we have to! But we wont unless someone really hits the nail on our heads! From the way you talk about it, It definitely looks like this book would! Thanks for sharing a quick Summary. Really appreciate it!

  • Kevin Radford

    I appreciate the research and subject matter the Heath brothers bring to their writing. This book interests me on both a practical and organizational level. We all need help making decisions, especially leaders.

  • http://twitter.com/sell321 Jeff Sellers

    My problem is paralysis by analysis, which I know is just another form of procrastinating. Help.

  • http://twitter.com/keithfife Keith Fife

    Michael, I am constantly recommending your site to my friends and colleagues because of the practicality of your ideas. I primarily work with church leaders and this sounds like a great book for them. Can’t wait to read it.

  • Jon Swanson

    I spend much of my time as a pastor helping people think about deciding, and then acting. Switch changed my way of working already. Decisive looks like it will, too.

  • http://twitter.com/jfmaddocks1 MaddThoughts

    I would love a copy of this book because I am really intrigued by the WRAP process and want to learn more about it. Those four points truly appeal to me. Thanks for the chance to win a copy, Michaell!

  • Steve

    I find that some decision I’ve made I later regretted while other decisions I’ve made came too slow that opportunity was missed. I’d like to read the book in hopes that I could be more discerning about the ways to avoid both ditches.

  • Misty Hymel

    I am in the process of making some pretty big decisions. I need this book!

  • http://lauriewallin.com/ Laurie Wallin

    With 2 book contracts to fulfill and 2 kids with severe special needs at home, I can’t afford to make bad decisions about my time investments. Sounds like this book would give me some tools to decide strategically what’s best for our family.

  • Deb Nelson

    Thanks for highlighting this book – look forward to digging into it!

  • http://twitter.com/jaysmaniac lance hardy

    Having been guilty of some bad decisions and in recovery process, this book sounds very helpful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.coby Nick Coby

    Decisions …. Probably one of my weakest areas. Especially when it comes to my personal life.

  • http://twitter.com/irenesconcierge Irene’s Concierge

    I just finished reading Made to Stick and I’m getting into a new sole entrepreneurship business, the book will help me make better choices

  • John Alexander

    Every book I have read from these guys has been gold! I am a leader of a church and am continually learning how to refine my leadership and decision making skills!

  • Charles Windham

    Well, I am indecisive and am told it takes me a long time to make a decision. It helps me to follow a proven plan of steps. Thank you.
    @CharlesWindham

  • Justin C

    As as pastoral intern training for ministry, I know that a key to leadership success is making good decisions. Any resource that can help me on this front is something I’d like to get my hands on. Thanks for having this giveaway!

  • http://twitter.com/Pwr2Persuade Sarah Saunders

    I’d love to have a copy of the Heath brothers’ new book for several reasons. #1: I’m a huge fan of their work already (Made to Stick is still one of my all-time favorite marketing books); #2: I’m intrigued that they offer a new approach to decision-making that can be used in any situation (gotta get me some of that!); and #3: I’m dying to see what “sticky anecdotes” they use to drive points home in their book…they’re always so good at that.

  • Frederic Gray

    Making decisions is the single greatest thing I have ever done to progress or digress. I have made some great ones and some horrible ones. I am obsessed with the decision-making process and what we as people can do to improve it.

  • ReignNLove

    Always looking for books that help the women I serve make better choices, get closer to God & improve life skills. This sounds like a winner!

  • http://twitter.com/hanskohlmeyer Hans Kohlmeyer

    Better decision making is why we learn and educate ourselves, why we are paid, why we are curious, why we are successful, why we are likeable and social.
    It is why we are human. With this premise we should do whatever necessary to improve this skill. The WRAP process described in the book ‘Decisive’ is a superb way of enhancing your decision making capability. A no-brainer, get the book!

  • http://twitter.com/StevenPotratz Steven Potratz

    Decision making – ah how it plagues all of us. As a division leader I make hundreds of decisions every day but can always use help making them more effectively. I’d love to evaluate having my whole team read this as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dkbarker David Barker

    I feel the need to “widen my options” as you say. Whether it’s looking at work or personal life, I tend to think that I’m good at one thing and then only work at that. I need to step back and see other areas I could branch out and improve in.

  • http://twitter.com/selenealexia Selene Alexia

    This book appealed to me because I, like so many others, struggle with decision making, and am not sure why. While reading this review, i got particularly drawn by the last of the four points, namely how you can jump to conclusions without actually looking at all the information objectively, and how that leads to many wrong choices, so I want a copy to learn some tools that would help me over come this.

  • Nazmi Berisha

    I think this book will bee helpful for me .

  • TSWinnett

    I love the authors. Decision making is a skill many leaders would say is one of their strengths. In actuality, many of them make very poor decisions. It would be interesting to read what the authors believe are the common mistakes and how to correct them

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.eddings.73 Nathan Eddings

    I continue to learn that making decisions on the fly most of the time is not a good decision. Yes I need this book and a lot of other people I know would agree.

  • http://ansonsexton.com/ Anson Sexton

    I have to make a lot of decisions for my family, my career, and the ministry that I lead. I think this book could be a valuable asset to innovate the process I work thru on a daily basis for making wise choices. I hope I win a copy :)

  • Gustavo

    Where we are in life today is a product of our decisions. Our decisions shape our destiny, so it is important to make good decisions, and also to not avoid making the tough ones. So when I look at my life against the blueprint of what I think my life should look like at this point, it is clear they do not match. Root cause: I need to make better decisions. This is a tricky topic given that at the moment of decision, hardly anyone recognizes they are making one that may turn out to be less than optimal.

  • Michelle

    the first point of recognizing a narrow view would be enough for me to explore but the rest are icing on the cake. I’d love to be of a think outside the box kind of person. I know I can factor the things I see and things that should happen in those instances… And I loved Made to Stick so… Decisive is a great decision! ;)

  • http://www.empoweringthe80percent.com/ Ellory Wells

    I’d love a copy of the book! I read a lot about personal development and leadership and often post my reading list/recommendations on http://www.empoweringthe80percent.com/EmpoweredU.

    I’d love to have a copy of “Decisive” on my list and to learn form it’s lessons.

  • Matt Jury

    I would like to make decisions without constantly second guessing myself.

  • Bob Condly

    In graduate school, I studied the 4-step model of cognitional operations proposed by Jesuit theologian and philosopher Bernard Lonergan. I’m curious how the material presented in the Heaths’ new book will supplement or challenge what Lonergan wrote. I’ve used Lonergan’s approach in my ministries at church and seminary, and my suspicion is that this book will be a valuable complement.

  • Sean McCabe

    I am a big fan of the Heath Brother’s books. I think this one will be another slam dunk and hope to win a copy to read!

  • http://twitter.com/DKTornstrom David Tornstrom

    We make decisions continually throughout each day, and while many are automatic or of minor consequence, if we don’t have a solid decision making process in place we can find ourselves far down the wrong path, whether it be in finances, health or relationships. If this book has a tested process for making better decisions, then I definitely want to read it!

  • honestinquirer

    I would like a copy of this book, because I have been avidly reading all I can on leadership, due to my new assignment to develop discipleship and small groups at Chapel by the Sea in Anchorage. I tend to over-analyze decisions and hesitate. I want to be more bold, and in fact God has been developing more boldness in me in several areas the past 20 months.

    However, the advice given in this book looks like it will help me be much more intelligent in decision-making. Along with a better sense of confidence, I can see my future decision-making to be much more effective.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Jonathan Dixon

    What appeals to me about this book?

    I believe being decisive is the most critical step in creating a balanced life. In my quest to creating this balance, I believe “Decisive” will help nurture that process and help close the gap to my personal success in life (and work).

    Why do I want a copy?

    First, thank you for the opportunity. Secondly, because I want to do better as a man, a friend, a brother, a son and someday as a father. I want to make decisive decisions that will make a positive change for my family legacy and those I come in contact with.

  • larry

    sounds like good sound advice.

  • Clark Williams

    I’ve read their previous books and like their approach and message. This book is timely as I’ve entered a new level in my consultancy ..trying to make the leap from freelance to entrepreneur.

  • Uday Nayak

    Thank you Michael for the wonderful thoughts Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work.
    Never really imagined so much goes into decision making and how we can improve it. Your perspective on the subject is always much appreciated.

  • Mark de Roo

    Without question, we’re in the “Super Information Age” and while the exponential growth of information can be beneficial, it is equally overwhelming–and when we’re overwhelmed, we literally don’t think straight. The end result? Poor decisions. Some assistance in navigating all the information that bombards us will be helpful. I’m really anxious to read the book!

  • Ray Abide

    I read Made to Stick and if this book can provide the same quality of advice on making better decisions, it is a “must read” for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dianneinthailand Dianne Doell

    Greetings … I’m not sure if there is still time to submit this, but sure would like to receive a copy of the book. I am a Christian missionary serving with am international church and ministry among the poor in Pattaya Thailand. We are developing a training and resource center to help made disciples and facilitate life change among the thousands from all around the world that come here. If you look up Pattaya on-line you will see that it is one of the darkest cities in the world and a hub of sex trafficking. We are believing to develop a great resource center of Christian and secular material that will be used to help bring change to all who come. You material. and all you recommend, is great for either Christian or secular reading … and full of practical wisdom. Would love to have a copy of the book for our center here …

    Dianne Doell http://www.mercypattaya.com vifcpattaya.com vifcbanchang.com

  • Michael Eastman

    Why I would like a copy of the book “Decisive.” As a pastor I am faced with a lot of difficult decisions. I just finished reading “Thinking for a Change” by John Maxwell. In it he talked about “big picture thinking.” While reading your article I noticed the comment on “spotlight thinking.” I am trying to move from spotlight to big picture thinking and I desire to take my team along with me on the journey! I believe “Decisive” will help me be a better leader and enable me to help our team broaden our vision.

  • Richard G

    Working in a team of highly motivated people, passionate about working with ladies caught in the sex trade in Thailand, but with a bias towards dreaming instead of decision-making, this book could be a real help in seeing some of our dreams become reality!

  • http://twitter.com/anilforbiz Anil Saxena

    Chip and Dan Heath have done it again. Their book Switch about organizational change was so incisive that I recommend it to anyone involved in change. Decisive is another great book that breaks down a complex topic into simple, easy to understand nuggets of knowledge. Awesome.

  • Joshua

    As a young aspiring leader I would love to be more confident in making better decisions.

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  • Jeremy McCommons

    This post really resonates with me. If I hadn’t widened my options after realizing the career I had chosen for myself was not what I wanted, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Although I consider myself a very focused person, I know that flexibility and being able to work with every circumstance that comes along is a key to success and to long-term fulfillment. Thanks for the great post!

    http://jeremymccommons.com/

  • http://twitter.com/DannyTanner1T28 Danny Tanner

    Michael, I was curious if you found a good way to debrief the book with your team once you were finished reading it. Thanks for any ideas that you can pass along to me. Enjoy your day!

  • Adewale Adeku

    I want to learn what to look into before making decisions in life that their consequences are too severe. From what I heard from others, Chip and Dan are the best..