3 Must-Reads on Decision-Making for a Career Lion
Decision-making skills are crucial for career lions. Making effective decisions is a critical leadership skill that is required to advance your career. However, effective decision-making is not just restricted to the workplace.
Decision-making can become challenging in a world where more and more information are available. The countless options available can become overwhelming and retardant. Whether it is your dinner, your outfit, or any choice you have, endless decisions will follow after. There you are finally having made up your mind about what to have for dinner, only to then start an entire new decision-making process with respect to the different options for each ingredient.
Decision-making is quite the cognitive burden. On top of that, you may add to that getting consumed when the outcome of your decision is regret opposed to satisfaction. Seeing that they both use your working memory whose capacity is very limited, making your decision-making more efficient and effective will make your more productive. To do just that, I recommend the following three bestsellers.
1. The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
The Art of Thinking Clearly provides 99 short chapters on cognitive biases, simple errors made in day-to-day thinking and judgement. These short chapters make the concepts easily digestible. This also makes it a great read for those moments where you have only a few minutes to spare, getting in some reading without having to think about where you left off before. Reading this book, you will know what the cognitive biases are, how detect them, and how to avoid them. This will help you improving your decision-making ability.
2. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Another great book on decisions making is Thinking Fast and Slow by Nobel prize winner Kahneman, providing a new perspective on the workings of our minds and decision-making. This book also addresses cognitive biases. However, it provides more background on the causes of these thinking errors based on two thinking types. Kahneman refers to these two types as System 1 and 2 thinking. System 1 refers to fast, automatic, frequent, emotional, stereotypic, and subconscious thinking. System 2 on the other hand entails flow, effortful, infrequent, logical, calculating, and conscious thinking. Furthermore, Kahneman addresses loss aversion and the science of happiness in relation to these two thinking types.
3. The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin
The Organized Mind focuses on decision-making in the age of information overload. Levitin addresses the fact that our decision-making suffers from the amount of information that is currently available and the need to thus “organize your mind”. That fact is something I experience too, with constant feeds of news articles, instagram photos, facebook posts, whatsapp messages, emails etc. This book describes how smart organization techniques can improve your decision-making, memory, attention span, and even imagination. It also focuses on different areas in your life to organize your mind, such as your home, workplace, time, and social world.
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