I opened up our local newspaper and an article immediately grabbed my attention.
Three revelations, one after the other, rushed to my mind.
- “Hey, someone local wrote a book!” (I’m slowly writing a book too.)
- “Hey, that book is about a topic I’m interested in!” (Decision Making)
- “Hey, I know that guy!”
It turns out that Sean Brady, my one-time teacher, has made a career out of helping people make decisions. Since he taught the Middle School “Apex” program, he has acquired a wealth of life experience and specialized training that makes this unique profession viable.
Now “Mr. Brady” (he no longer lets me call him that) leads Prism Decision Solutions. Their mission is to “Provide dynamic group processes and state-of-the-art systems to accelerate group decision making.” In short, if your organization has a high-stakes, complex decision to make, Prism can lead you through to the solution.
Sean (I still want to call him “Mr. Brady”) has now consolidated years worth of decision-making research and development into an accessible resource. “You Are What You Decide” provides “8 Keys to Better Decision Making” that will help you navigate simple and complex situations in your personal and professional life.
But the book here: You Are What You Decide: Eight Keys to Better Decision-making
Why buy it? In Mr. Brady’s words:
This book is about how to improve deliberate, high-stakes decision-making.
Who doesn’t need help making decisions?
Here’s my “Quick Hits”:
- The book was a quick read. You could knock it off in an afternoon.
- The “8 Keys” are easy to understand and apply.
- It is an entry-level book on decision-making, but extremely useful.
- This book is serving as a launchpad for my continued study of the art of decision making.
It’s short. It’s simple. But it’s helpful.
I found myself quoting the concepts in meetings at work the week after I read it. And maybe more importantly, the concepts continue to resurface in my mind as I navigate personal and professional decisions.
Pick up a copy for yourself. Heck, I recommend picking up a copy for each of your teammates at work.
If we make better decisions, our lives will be enriched. After all, “You are what you decide.”