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Decisions, decisions : the art of effective decision making
Welch, David A.
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2002.
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285 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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BF448 .W45 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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David A. Welch is associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto

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Welch, an academic, offers a nine-step plan for making effective decisions in everyday life and then demonstrates how to apply these steps to real world situations; these nine steps include identifying your objective, doing a preliminary survey of options, focusing on the values involved, assessing the importance of the decision, budgeting your time and energy, and making your choice. In developing habits of good decision making, we learn the importance of adroitly handling uncertainty; the author believes that the ability to handle uncertainty is the best predictor of success. Selfreflection is very important in skilled decision making, and we also need to understand principles and strategies, money and probability, and some psychology, philosophy, and sociology, in addition to learning to assess the needs of others and their reaction to our choices. This is a "must read"--a thought-provoking book written for a broad audience in an easy and entertaining manner. --Mary Whaley

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
1. How to Make Decisions in the Ideal Worldp. 21
2. Strategies, Rules of Thumb, and Principles of Choicep. 51
3. By the Numbers: Money and Chancep. 95
4. Judgment, Perception, and Choice: The Quirks and Traps of Human Psychologyp. 135
5. Doing the Right Thing: Making Moral Choicesp. 171
6. Do Men and Women Make Decisions Differently? Should They?p. 211
Conclusion: Getting into the Habitp. 243
Appendicesp. 257
Glossaryp. 275
Notesp. 283
Indexp. 291