This post was inspired by Derek Siver’s recent Lifehacker post Decision Making: There Are Always More Than Two Options.
When [people} say they only have two options, beware. It means they got stuck. Once people get two options, they start comparing the pros and cons of those two, and forget to think of more [...]
Book RecommendationsThe books on this list both inspire me and provide daily-use tools and insights.
DecisiveChip and Dan Heath hit another one out of the ballpark with Decisive, their guide to making better decisions through science - the science of understanding how our psychology handicaps us when it comes to decisions. With their simple WRAP methodology for improving your decision-making process, or that of your organization, your decisions will be much better.
Flash ForesightDaniel Burrus' Flash Foresight was one of the highlights of my reading list last year, full of valuable advice about "predicting the future' and how to know what part of the future is predictable and what part isn't. Highly recommended - I've returned to it over and over again since I first read it.
Lean StartupEric Reis' Lean Startup has fundamental (and in retrospect, obvious) ideas for how to build a startup successfully. Key concept is that startups operate in a world of complete uncertainty, so you need business practices that recognize that uncertainty and continually reduce the level of uncertainty, until you have discovered a real market, a real product that market wants, and a real way you can get that product to market profitably. You may think you know this at the outset, but the reality is that you don't, and at least you have to test your hypotheses. This book is about how to do that.
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