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Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most

por Steven Johnson

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Business. Psychology. Nonfiction. HTML:The hardest choices are also the most consequential. So why do we know so little about how to get them right?
Big, life-altering decisions matter so much more than the decisions we make every day, and they're also the most difficult: where to live, whom to marry, what to believe, whether to start a company, how to end a war. There's no one-size-fits-all approach for addressing these kinds of conundrums.
Steven Johnson's classic Where Good Ideas Come From inspired creative people all over the world with new ways of thinking about innovation. In Farsighted, he uncovers powerful tools for honing the important skill of complex decision-making. While you can't model a once-in-a-lifetime choice, you can model the deliberative tactics of expert decision-makers. These experts aren't just the master strategists running major companies or negotiating high-level diplomacy. They're the novelists who draw out the complexity of their characters' inner lives, the city officials who secure long-term water supplies, and the scientists who reckon with future challenges most of us haven't even imagined. The smartest decision-makers don't go with their guts. Their success relies on having a future-oriented approach and the ability to consider all their options in a creative, productive way.
Through compelling stories that reveal surprising insights, Johnson explains how we can most effectively approach the choices that can chart the course of a life, an organization, or a civilization. Farsighted will help you imagine your possible futures and appreciate the subtle intelligence of the choices that shaped our broader social history.
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Pretty well done, and helpful to me as I struggle with my own indecisiveness around long-term decisions. Loses the thread a bit at the end, although I appreciate the humanistic approach he outlined. ( )
  soonertbone | Dec 2, 2023 |
This book was recommended by Fareed Zakaria and I saw the author interviewed on that show. The book is interesting as it gets into the decision making process for big decisions that may have long term consequences. He deals with the usual involvement of data, pros and cons, length of time, predictability, etc. He does bring in the use of literary novels for decisions that are not cut and dry. Because we don't have data on how people react to big decisions, Johnson says that literary novels and the myriad of scenarios that they depict can give us information that will help us in our life decisions. This was not a long read but it also didn't come up with real clear processes for decision making that I hadn't considered. He does use the capture of Osama Bin-Laden as a constant example of the decision making process which I found interesting. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Apr 2, 2019 |
I don't really have any takeaways from this book -- nothing that improves my decision making, at any rate. It benefits from using, for the most part, current examples of the process. It ties in literary novels as a part of the process that I'll have to consider a bit more. ( )
  wdwilson3 | Jan 25, 2019 |
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  vorefamily | Feb 22, 2024 |
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Business. Psychology. Nonfiction. HTML:The hardest choices are also the most consequential. So why do we know so little about how to get them right?
Big, life-altering decisions matter so much more than the decisions we make every day, and they're also the most difficult: where to live, whom to marry, what to believe, whether to start a company, how to end a war. There's no one-size-fits-all approach for addressing these kinds of conundrums.
Steven Johnson's classic Where Good Ideas Come From inspired creative people all over the world with new ways of thinking about innovation. In Farsighted, he uncovers powerful tools for honing the important skill of complex decision-making. While you can't model a once-in-a-lifetime choice, you can model the deliberative tactics of expert decision-makers. These experts aren't just the master strategists running major companies or negotiating high-level diplomacy. They're the novelists who draw out the complexity of their characters' inner lives, the city officials who secure long-term water supplies, and the scientists who reckon with future challenges most of us haven't even imagined. The smartest decision-makers don't go with their guts. Their success relies on having a future-oriented approach and the ability to consider all their options in a creative, productive way.
Through compelling stories that reveal surprising insights, Johnson explains how we can most effectively approach the choices that can chart the course of a life, an organization, or a civilization. Farsighted will help you imagine your possible futures and appreciate the subtle intelligence of the choices that shaped our broader social history.

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