This book lays out a proactive approach at tackling any decision that you are faced with. If you make better decisions your quality of life will be better. The highly educated authors use a simple method for tackling a problem by dividing it and conquering it. The acronym PrOACT plus these terms: Uncertainty, Risk Tolerance, & Linked Decisions. The PrOACT stands for: P – Problem , r – nothing, O – Objectives, A – Alternatives, C – Consequences, T – Trade-offs, and the rest are self-explanatory.
If you train yourself to be proactive about your decisions, you will be able to think critically and offer valid reasons for your decisions. Honestly, there is some great advice in it and will help one make better decisions. For me, I tended to skip through and skim because most of it seemed rather straightforward. This book at times was rather dull but the advice is trustworthy. I will keep this book on my shelf because I can flip right to the part that I need advice on.
On last thing is the chart to help make decisions:
- Address the right decision problem
- Clarify your real objectives
- Develop a range of creative alternatives
- Understand the consequences of your decision
- Make appropriate tradeoffs among conflicting objectives
- Deal sensibly with uncertainties
- Take account of your risk-taking attitude
- Plan ahead for decisions linked over time