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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Idea 45: Five ways to improve your decisions

If one wants to be successful, one must think; one must think until it hurts. Believe me, that is hard work and, from my close observation, I can say that there are few people indeed who are prepared to perform this arduous and tiring work.’

Lord Thomson of Fleet, Canadian media entrepreneur

1. The way to become good at decision making is to make lots of decisions in your field.

Practice makes perfect. That proverb will apply to decision making if practice is based on sound principles.

2. See the relationships between your decisions, despite differences of time, place and scale.

Make connections between the problems you have faced in different contexts and those you encounter now. Those earlier decisions, ...

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