Resources to Become a Better Critical Thinker – Decision Making

Critical Thinking - decision making

This is part 3 in a series of 3 on critical thinking (Part 1 and Part 2).

It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions. – Jim Rohn


5 Key Steps That Will Improve Your Decision Making – here are five techniques to help you make smarter decisions

Eight tools for streamlined decision-making – Merlin Mann’s thoughts on eight popular and reliable tools for decision making from Mind Tools

The Fine Art of Decision-Making – 7 tips for getting decisions made easier

The Essential Guide to Effective Decision Making – explanation of the PrOACT approach to decision making

Theories about decision errors – 23 theories about how we make errors when deciding

Preparing for Decision-Making Meetings – advice for making your decision making meeting more effective

More time does not create better decisions – quick and simple advice from Seth Godin on the relationship between time and decision making

Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.
 – Aristotle


How We Decide – in this book, Jonah Lehrer explains the current neuroscientific research into decision-making.  He draws from the real world experience of many deciders and shows how people are taking advantage of the new science to make better decisions.

Smart Choices: A Practical Guide To Making Better Life Decisions – this book presents a process to help you make better decisions in your personal and at work.

Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions -this book is based on observations of humans acting under such real-life constraints as time pressure, high stakes, personal responsibility, and shifting conditions.  It presents an overview of the research approach of naturalistic decision making and expands our knowledge of the strengths people bring to difficult tasks.

Ethics for the Real World: Creating a Personal Code to Guide Decisions in Work and Life this book explains how to master the art of ethical decision. It has many real-life examples giving you practical advice to respond skillfully to life’s inevitable ethical challenges.

Books on Irrational Decision-Making – 5 suggested books irrational decision making from the WSJ


Dan Gilbert On Our Mistaken Expectations

Dan Ariely asks, Are we in control of our own decisions?

In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.   Theodore Roosevelt

Resources to Become a Better Critical Thinker – Problem Solving

Critical Thinking - problem solving
This is part 2 in a series of 3 on critical thinking.  Part 1 focuses on foundational critical thinking resources.

Prescription without diagnosis is malpractice – Karl Albrecht

Here are 11 resources that can help you with your problem solving:

Problem Solving Overview – an overview of the problem solving process

Problem Solving Strategies – over 50 problem solving strategies explained

Einstein’s Secret to Amazing Problem Problem Solving – 10 steps to help you define your problem

Introduction to Problem Solving – an introduction to problem solving with suggested tools and techniques

How to Define a Problem –  9 step process to help you define your problem

The Art of Complex Problem Solving – an interactive guide for solving complex problems

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci – the seven Da Vincian Principles for approaching life like a genius

Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius – creative thinking techniques based on research from over 100 of history’s greatest thinkers like  Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison and Walt Disney.

TinkerToys – handbook detailing creative-thinking techniques for approaching problems in unconventional ways.

A 4 Minute Introduction to the Cynefin Framework

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. -Albert Einstein