Summary of The Decision Maker

Unlock the Potential of Everyone in Your Organization, One Decision at a Time

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The Decision Maker book summary
Executives are usually farthest from the action. Why, then, do they get to make all the decisions?


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Entrepreneur Dennis Bakke co-founded the energy giant AES, where he prioritized corporate responsibility and a deep concern for workers. Then he co-founded Imagine Schools, a nonprofit charter school network dedicated to applying the best learning models to each student’s unique needs. Here, Bakke explains that all employees have the ability to make important work decisions, and he champions the idea that companies should empower their staff members. Through the device of a modern-day corporate fable, Bakke explicates a philosophy that celebrates the intrinsic worth of every individual. While this, like most business fables, requires some suspension of disbelief, getAbstract recommends it as an inspiring story of how to open up the decision-making process in your organization. Bakke explains why letting your employees decide is both smart business and the right thing to do.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What a “decision-maker culture” entails
  • What its guiding principles are
  • How to promote this culture within your organization


The Organizational Decision-Making Process
To learn about an organization, watch how it makes decisions. At most companies, the senior executives make all the significant rulings, and that usually sends a message that the top managers do not trust their employees.

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About the Author

Dennis Bakke is co-founder of Imagine Schools and of AES, a global energy company.

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    Ravikumaar M 3 years ago
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    Julie Smith 3 years ago
    A great abstract for use in a team to start a discussion and explore current protocols on decision making and the changes needed to maximise effectiveness for all concerned. Could easily be titled 'Empowerment within a framework'

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