Published: April 16, 2019
Publisher: Page Two Books, Inc.
Trim: 6.00 x 9.00 Inches
The Art of Decision-Making
By Pawel Motyl
About the BookThe next decision you make could change your life.
Every day, we make countless choices, yet we rarely stop to consider how we arrive at those decisions as we speed through our lives. In Labyrinth, leadership expert Pawel Motyl believes it’s time to take a closer look at how we make decisions—and learn how to decide better. Motyl digs into the series of decisions that led to some of the modern world’s most dramatic events: from the Cuban missile crisis to the 1996 Mount Everest climbing disaster; from the Apollo 13 rescue mission to the ill-fated Daimler–Chrysler merger. Along the way, he reveals 16 rules for effective decision-making that will challenge your pre-existing beliefs, and change your outlook forever.
As technological advances transform our world at an ever-accelerating pace, we are all facing a complex labyrinth of decisions in business and life. Motyl’s insights will equip you with the knowledge and wisdom to face even the most high-stakes situation with confidence, and negotiate the labyrinth with ease.
“Astute, thought-provoking, and bold. Pawel Motyl has brought important case studies to life brilliantly, revealing deeper lessons for anyone in a decision-making role. This unique book is an essential contribution in truly understanding executive leadership.”
--Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 #1 in Leadership and World’s #1 Executive Coach
“This book is a must-read for any leader wanting to improve how decisions are made. Pawel Motyl demystifies the challenge of decision-making in a dramatically changing world. Using extensive case studies, he points out common decision mistakes and offers specific recommendations. His work is extremely well grounded, researched, and presented.”
--Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
“Leadership and life are about making great choices based on sound decision-making. If there’s one decision you need to make about must-read books for this year, make this one your first choice!”
--Mark Thompson, New York Times–bestselling author and AMA’s #1 Growth Leadership Coach
“Fantastic, gripping read! Brilliantly helping to understand how decisions are made, both one’s own and those of others. Highly recommended!”
--Dorota Czarnota, managing partner Poland and CEE, Russell Reynolds Associates
“What an amazing book! Pawel Motyl takes his readers on a fascinating journey through perfectly researched case studies. Each page in the book is both inspirational and practical. This reading is essential ... [and] not only for business leaders.”
--Darek Lenart, senior vice president human resources, North America and strategic growth, Mastercard
“Perfecting the skill of decision-making is essential in a complex, attention-restricted economy. Pawel Motyl gives you the tools you need to move your agenda forward.”
--Bonita Thompson, New York Times–bestselling author and career strategist
“With a backdrop of history, Pawel shares ‘watch outs’ and ‘ways’ to make better decisions that are practical and executable.”
--Garry Ridge, president and CEO, WD-40 Company
“Pawel Motyl took a massive undertaking in analyzing the most complex cases in history where effective decision-making was critical to creating or destroying value for the endeavor at hand. In this groundbreaking book, he offers practical frameworks that will help you prepare for the uncertain future and make better calls at any high-stakes juncture.”
--Sergey Sirotenko, executive coach at INSEAD and Ward Howell
“Both enlightening and entertaining, Pawel Motyl has created a dream guide to the art of sound decision-making. Sixteen rules are well articulated and amply illustrated with fascinating examples. They provide the road map for decision-makers to challenge the natural human reliance on precedent in a world where options are increasingly unprecedented, and to wean us from slavish devotion to authority and the status quo so that we can make the innovative, process-driven decisions necessary to be trailblazers rather than bridge-burners.”
--Whitney Johnson, bestselling author of Disrupt Yourself and Build an A-Team and Thinkers50: Leading Management Thinker
“Some decisions are easy to make. You’ve already got those covered. But others, leadership decisions, are much trickier. Motyl’s substantial book draws on data, story-telling, and leadership principles to share the rules that will help you learn how to make smarter decisions. And smarter decisions mean more successful outcomes.”
--Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Coaching Habit