[Book 10/12] The Decision Book – Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking by Mikael Krogerus

[Book 10/12] The Decision Book – Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking by Mikael Krogerus

The models discussed in the Decision Book have direct application in your life. The book has four parts.

  1. How to understand myself better
  2. How to improve myself better
  3. How to understand others better
  4. How to improve others

I like the first and second section. Post reading and “applying” these models you can undoubtedly discover some aspects of yourself which otherwise would have remained unknown to you. Within them, this is how I used the following models.

The Making-Of Model

It helped me identify the repetitive patterns which hinder my performance in given a task even today. Once you are aware of those hindering patterns, you can position yourself to avoid them. You cannot just apply this once and expect you will get all the answers. Regularly revisiting this model will help uncover many aspects of your life.

The Cognitive Dissonance Model

There is an enormous gap between what we think and what we do. For example, we read a self-help book and believe we are already applying the principles mentioned in the book. But there is a gap of how much we use in our life. Our actions do not align with the call to the measures mentioned in the book. We can closely relate this situation to a someone with wishful thinking.

The Crossroads Model

Not all of us have figured out what we want out of life. For many, it takes some time to figure out where they are and where they need to be in future and are recently working towards it. This model works best for those people who “want” to make a conscious effort to give this a serious thought. This model lists a series of questions which you need to answer and note down. The first time you won’t be able to come up with something substantial. With multiple iterations, you will get much accurate at where you are first. Once this is done, you will move on to thinking about where you want to go.

Of course, there are many models which I applied. Some of them need revisiting. Some went above my head. On applying these multiple times, you gain more clarity.

If you are one of those who wants to consciously make an effort to improve themselves, the Decision Book is must have near your bed book. Also, don’t read this book without a pen and paper.

You can find The Decision book on Goodreads.

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