Summary of Sources of Power

How People Make Decisions

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Sources of Power book summary
Make decisions like an expert.


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In this original, honest and sometimes amusing book Gary Klein studied expert decision makers, such as firefighters, soldiers and chess masters, who operate under highly challenging conditions. He shares his early assumptions about how they made decisions, but his research reveals that his initial theories were wrong. He has learned what good decision making requires and shares that expertise in tightly focused chapters rich with examples. getAbstract recommends this book to anyone interested in decision making, and especially to those who make high-stakes determinations under dynamic conditions: leaders, strategists, futurists, investors and businesspeople.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How expert decision makers reach decisions
  • What “sources of power” they call on when assessing situations
  • How you can learn to do the same


“Decisions and Models of Decision Making”
Most people make decisions badly. However, firefighters, military leaders and chess masters, for instance, make critical decisions under extreme pressure every day. If they are wrong, the least they can lose is a career-defining game: the most ...
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About the Author

Gary Klein, founder of Klein Associates, Inc., is the author of The Power of Intuition and the co-author of The Working Mind.

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