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The Go Point: When It's Time to…

The Go Point: When It's Time to Decide--Knowing What to Do and When to Do…

by Michael Useem

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The art of being decisive is one of the most daunting skills an individual can acquire.

Some decisions require split-second reactions; others are made with the “luxury” of consideration. Both types often carry awesome implications for careers, organizations or families.

Michael Useem, a management professor at the Wharton School, dissects this moment of truth, the moment when you have to say “yes” or “no” in his book The Go Point. Using vivid narratives he places the reader in the middle of people facing critical decisions. People, whose action or lack thereof, will have profound implications.

Readers find themselves enveloped:
• With Robert E. Lee as he orders his General George picket to make an almost suicidal charge against the Union lines in Gettysburg.
• On the face of a mountain with the leader of a firefighting crew making life-or-death decisions without critical information about weather patterns.
• In the office of a newly appointed head of a scandal-wracked corporation tottering on the brink of disaster.

Using decision templates rooted in tangible experiences accompanied by decision tools Useem analyzes these difficult moments. Out of his discussion emerges sound advice for spanning the “knowing-doing gap.”

Well-written and deceptive in its simplicity, this is one of the finest and most practical books the Pointed Pundit has read on decision making.

Don’t hesitate; go read it.

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