Michael J. Mauboussin – Think Twice


How to stop yourself before you make another costly decision…. No one intentionally makes bad decisions. Yet we make them all the time. In fact, some of the worst disasters in recent history – the collapse of major investment banks, the global financial meltdown – were the result of seemingly reasonable decisions made by a lot of smart people. How does this happen?

Michael J. Mauboussin argues that the correct process for deciding well – especially when the stakes are high – conflicts with how our minds naturally work.

When faced with complex situations, our brains revert to simplified patterns that obscure better approaches to the problem. Even when we think were applying logic and reason, were subconsciously succumbing to social or situational influences. Fortunately, we can override our minds default systems – that is, we can counter our intuition – by learning to think twice.

In this compelling audiobook, Mauboussin outlines a disciplined approach to decision-making that will significantly reduce costly mistakes. Through vivid stories from business, sports, science, and everyday life, Mauboussin categorizes common mental mistakes and offers actionable advice for avoiding them, including:

The Inside/Outside View: Take the experiences of others into account

Tunnel Vision: Force yourself to consider alternatives that make you uncomfortable

The Whole Is Smarter Than Its Parts: Dont oversimplify complex problems

Situational Power: Be highly aware of the influence others have on you

The Expert Squeeze: Know when to trust so-called experts, and when not to

Backed by powerful research and shrewd analysis, this audio book gives you a mental toolkit for spotting dangerous decision traps – and making smarter choices in your professional and personal life.

Author: Michael J. Mauboussin
Narrator: Walter Dixon
Duration: 5 hours 21 minutes
Released: 10 Jun 2010
Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
Language: English

User Review:

jug long-term

I had to read this book for school. it’s a good book about how to make good decisions. it’s nothing ground breaking but it makes you realize most people that are very smart make really bad decisions also.