A Field Guide to Good Decisions

A Field Guide to Good Decisions

Values in Action

Book - 2006
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How individuals, groups, and organizations can learn to make better decisions--driven by their values, informed by dialogue, and communicated with clarity
We all face tough choices: business executives, community leaders, and family members all struggle with difficult decisions on a daily basis. What we decide reveals what really matters to us; how we decide determines whether we succeed or fail. Developed over twenty years in settings as diverse as hospital bedsides and corporate boardrooms, A Field Guide to Good Decisions provides the skills to make decisions that reflect your core values while respecting those of others, including the long-term implications for all participants. Illustrated through many real-life examples that will resonate with readers both professionally and personally, A Field Guide to Good Decisions offers practical tools and techniques for identifying individual and common goals, reaching consensus, and communicating the results effectively. The authors also show readers how to overcome common obstacles to good decision-making (psychological, cultural, and organizational). Ultimately, this book is about making decisions which, while not always a matter of life or death, nevertheless have a powerful effect on our sense of self, our credibility in the eyes of others, and the lives of those touched by the choices we make.

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This guide has its roots in Gibson's attendance at one of Bennett's mediation training sessions, where she sought ways to improve her bioethics consultations. Unlike advice about decision-making that emphasize theory and corporate applications, they provide practical guidance for everyday settings focusing on transferable skills, guiding values, and bridging cultural differences. The book includes worksheets and exercises to facilitate values clarification and other decision-making steps, and an annotated bibliography. The authors are affiliated with the U. of New Mexico. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006
ISBN: 9780275989378
Characteristics: xix, 194 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Gibson, Joan McIver

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