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Make Up Your Mind: A Decision Making Guide to Thinking Clearly and Choosing Wisely

Hal Mooz, Jeff Henley (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-1-118-17271-1
192 pages
February 2012
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A proven decision-making system guides readers to the right choice every time

Make Up Your Mind provides author Hal Mooz’s proprietary system for decision making. This approach consists of three decision-making models, including: the Decision Type Model, which characterizes what is at stake with any decision; the Decision Solution Model, which frames the most suitable alternatives; and the Decision Judgment Model, which provides ten bases for judging alternatives, some of which may be defensible and others that, although popular, may not be defensible to challenge. These models guide the reader's thinking to the most promising alternatives and the best choice.

  • A decision fit person enjoys the benefit of thinking clearly about decisions and their outcomes and is competent to act knowledgeably and decisively about creating the alternatives and judging them appropriately.

Become decision fit. Think clearly and act decisively on your own decisions and help others to do the same.

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Table of Contents

Why This Book? ix

Foreword Jeff Henley xi

Background and Acknowledgments xv

Preface xix

PART I Are You Decision Fit? 1

CHAPTER 1 Decision Environment 3

CHAPTER 2 Decision Fundamentals for Thinking Clearly 13

CHAPTER 3 The Decision Type Frame 25

CHAPTER 4 The Bases for Judgment 55

CHAPTER 5 The Decision Solution Frame 83

PART II Deciding 97

CHAPTER 6 Process-Assisted Judgment 99

CHAPTER 7 Fact-Based Judgment 107

CHAPTER 8 Probability-Based Judgment 139

CHAPTER 9 Group Decision Making 149

CHAPTER 10 Summary 153

Bibliography 157

Index 159

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Author Information

Hal Mooz is cofounder of a training and consulting company dedicated to training in project management, systems engineering, systems management, and related disciplines. He consults to government agencies and private organizations, including AT&T, NASA, Lockheed Martin, and numerous others. He has trained more than 10,000 high-technology project managers. His book Visualizing Project Management was selected by MIT, Stanford, Naval Postgraduate School, The George Washington University, and others for graduate classes and professional development programs. He is the co-creator of the University of California Project Management Training Program and a co-developer of the Stanford University Systems Engineering Certificate Program. Hal Mooz is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional and a Certified Project Management Professional. He earned the CIA's Seal Medallion and was named an INCOSE Pioneer.
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Press Release

January 26, 2012
Decisions, Good or Bad Have Significant Effects on Your Future

We live in an age where healthy living and physical fitness are all the rages. Media of all types promote improving our physical well-being through a healthy lifestyle. But conspicuous by its absence is any encouragement to become decision fit so that we can deliberately make the best choices in our personal and business lives. Although our daily decisions largely determine whether we achieve the success we desire, we are seldom trained in this most important of skills.

Make Up Your Mind: A Decision-Making Guide to Thinking Clearly and Choosing Wisely provides techniques from author Hal Mooz's proprietary system for decision making, Decision Fitness. This approach consists of three decision-making models:

  • A Decision Type Model characterizes what is at stake with any decision
  • A Decision Solution Model frames the most suitable alternatives to choose from
  • A Decision Judgment Model provides ten bases for judging alternatives

These models guide thinking to the most promising alternatives and the best choice. A Decision Fit reader will be able to:

  • Specify the decision and context
  • Determine the decision type
  • Create the decision type frame
  • Develop the decision solution frame
  • Create viable alternatives
  • Identify and get the comparative information
  • Knowledgably select the right judgment basis
  • Skillfully apply the appropriate judgment process
  • Effectively manage power and peer pressure
  • Objectively make the judgment
  • Decisively implement the action 
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