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Book: The Decision Switch: 7 Principles of Successful Decision-Making

How to consistently make optimal choices in business and life

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2023 - 11:01

(Articulate: Houston) -- Decision making is one of the most integral functions of both our professional and personal lives. However, it’s a skill set that has historically received little attention—a trend that continues today. Many of today’s leaders lack the training, mentorship, and tenure to develop the strong decision-making skills necessary to achieve consistently positive outcomes that enable personal success.

In many ways, today’s employees are rewarded for making safe and conservative choices rather than supporting their personal ambitions or an organization’s ethical, strategic, and growth objectives. As a result, our next generation of leaders is at risk of not achieving what’s truly possible, due to an inadequate personal compass or approach to help them navigate the difficult decisions we often face on a daily basis.

But what if there were a way—a checklist of sorts—that would let us all make better decisions every day and achieve something really special?

With his new book, The Decision Switch: 7 Principles of Successful Decision-Making, author Jack P. Flaherty lays out a powerful and practical decision-making checklist drawn from his two-decade career working with top leaders and organizations in a wide range of industries.

In The Decision Switch, you will find a proven framework to help you consistently make the optimal choices in business and your life. This will allow you to reap the benefits and fulfillment of achieving the outcomes you desire.

You’ll learn the “7 Principles of Successful Decision-Making” to assist in improving your decision-making skills, including:
• Triage first
• Follow your North Star
• Collaborate with others
• Recognize cognitive bias
• Establish a champion
• Manage fallout
• Practice self-reflection

The Decision Switch is an essential guide for every leader to effectively navigate the potential pitfalls and save their organization time and money. Flaherty will share the fundamental concepts for each of the framework’s principles, cultivated during the course of his career, that helped him and others make better decisions that resulted in better outcomes.

Framed within each section of this book, you will find understandable descriptions of each principle, practical examples of tools, as well as anecdotes and stories of real-world applications to elucidate why these principles are critical to your professional and personal success.

To learn more, go to www.TheDecisionSwitch.com.


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