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You're About to Make a Terrible Mistake: How Biases Distort Decision-Making and What You Can Do to Fight Them Hardcover – July 14 2020

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"A masterful introduction to the state of the art in managerial decision making. Surprisingly, it is also a pleasure to read."―Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow

"Finally! Actionable advice for leaders based on decades of decision science. Succinct, accurate, and even-handed. I loved it!"
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"Olivier Sibony has written the best, funniest, most useful guide to cognitive bias in business. If you make decisions, you need to read this book."―Safi Bahcall, bestselling author of Loonshots

"Olivier Sibony has that rare and magical ability to take complex concepts and package them in fast-paced, easy-to-understand narrative. Filled with actionable advice on how to make better choices, this book should be required reading for anyone looking to improve their decision process."―Annie Duke, bestselling author of Thinking in Bets

"You're probably familiar with many of the biases that can ruin your decisions. The question is what to do about them when you're building your business strategy. Olivier Sibony has some compelling answers. Drawing on his extensive experience as a consultant and his impressive knowledge of behavioral science, he shows how you can make your team smarter than the people in it."
Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

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Olivier Sibony is an Affiliate Professor of Strategy at HEC Paris and an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, Oxford University. Previously, he spent 25 years in the Paris and New York offices of McKinsey & Company, where he was a senior partner. Sibony's research on improving the quality of strategic decision making has been featured in many publications, including Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. He is a graduate of HEC Paris and hold a PhD from Paris Sciences et Lettres University. He is a coauthor, with Daniel Kahneman and Cass R. Sunstein, of Noise

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Spark (July 14 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316494984
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316494984
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 544 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.88 x 2.54 x 24.13 cm
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Olivier Sibony is a professor, writer and advisor specializing in the quality of strategic thinking and the design of decision processes. Olivier teaches Strategy, Decision Making and Problem Solving at HEC Paris. He is also an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School in Oxford University.

Before he was a professor, Olivier spent 25 years with McKinsey & Company in France and in the U.S., where he was a Senior Partner. There, he was, at various times, a leader of the Global Strategy Practice and of the Consumer Goods & Retail Sector.

Olivier’s research interests focus on improving the quality of decision-making by reducing the impact of behavioral biases. He is the author of articles in various publications including “Before You Make That Big Decision”, co-authored with Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, which was selected as the cover feature of Harvard Business Review’s book selection of “10 Must-Reads on Making Smart Decisions”. In French, he also authored a book, Réapprendre à Décider.

Olivier builds on this research and on his experience to advise senior leaders on strategic and operational decision-making. He is a frequent keynote speaker and facilitator of senior management and supervisory board meetings. He also serves as a member of corporate, advisory and investment boards.

Olivier Sibony is a graduate of HEC Paris and holds a Ph. D. from Université Paris-Dauphine.

He lives in Paris.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Nauwelijks nieuwe inzichten; grotendeels samenvatting van andermans werk
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