"Although it is often dangerous, we feel safer if we do not change what is familiar. Eventually, the ineffective but familiar way becomes accepted."
The above quote is from the book by Spencer Johnson, M.D., "Yes or No: The Guide to Better Decisions". Spencer also wrote the New York Times bestselling "Who Moved My Cheese?".
In the same simple story format as "Who Moved My Cheese", this book "The Guide to Better Decisions" is a quick read full of ideas we have all heard before and know we should be using all the time but don't.
For example, to make a better decision you have to first realize you have made a bad one. Once you have done that, STOP what you are doing. Then use the 'Yes' or 'No' system (see the book) to help you make the better decision and head in the right direction.
I learned valuable techniques from this book and recommend it to anyone who wants to increase their effectiveness in both business and in life. But don't take my word for it see what others had to say:
--Jack E. Bowsher, former Director of Education, IBM
"This book is essential reading. You can read it on a plane ride and apply the lessons immediately."
--Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking
"Dr. Spencer Johnson has the rare ability to be interesting, provocative and succinct. My admiration is complete."
--Dieter Huckenstein, former Senior Vice President, Hilton Hotels
"A very useful tool - for anyone making decisions, not just those of us in business."
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