The Little Black Book of Decision Making - MakingComplex Decisions with Confidence in a Fast-MovingWorld
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The secret to making the right call in an increasingly complex world

The decisions we make every day – frequently automatic and incredibly fast – impact every area of our lives. The Little Black Book of Decision Making delves into the cognition behind decision making, guiding you through the different ways your mind approaches various scenarios. You'll learn to notice that decision making is a matter of balance between your rational side and your intuition – the trick is in honing your intuition to steer you down the right path.

Pure reasoning cannot provide all of the answers, and relying solely on intuition could prove catastrophic in business. There must be a balance between the two, and the proportions may change with each situation. This book helps you quickly pinpoint the right mix of logic and 'gut feeling,' and use it to find the best possible solution.

  • Balance logic and intuition in your decision making approach
  • Avoid traps set by the mind's inherent bias
  • Understand the cognitive process of decision making
  • Sharpen your professional judgement in any situation

Decision making is the primary difference between organisations that lead and those that struggle. The Little Black Book of Decision Making helps you uncover errors in thinking before they become errors in judgement.


An award-winning professional speaker and leadership coach, Michael Nicholas helps people improve their performance by challenging them to revolutionise their thinking and behaviour. He worked with a full spectrum of clients, including Dixons, HSBC, Marks and Spencer, and Sainsbury's, where he has been a key supplier of coaching and training for several years.
His insightful, results-oriented training is grounded in 30 years of real-world experience gained through working with leaders from a wide variety of industries, holding senior business positions, and serving on active duty as a military officer. He specialises in decision-making, emotional intelligence, and employee engagement.


Acknowledgments ix

About the Author xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 – No Place for Old Dogs: New Tricks Required 7

1. Let’s Get Real: We All Make Mistakes 9

2. Rule Makers, Rule Breakers 25

3. Coping with an Era of Acceleration 47

Part 2 – Mindset Matters! Getting Beyond the Process 69

4. What Could be Wrong with “Being Right”? 71

5. The “Reality” Delusion 89

6. Wired for Flight and Fight 109

7. The Dance of Old and New 127

Part 3 – Transforming Decision Making from the Inside Out 149

8. The Inside-Out Challenge 151

9. Evolving the Brain 171

10. Unlocking Creativity Through Mindfulness 193

Conclusion 219