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  • Making Decisions

  • Putting the Human Back in the Machine
  • By: Ed Smith
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Making Decisions

By: Ed Smith
Narrated by: David Thorpe
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Summary

Winning takes many forms. For fans of Matthew Syed, this is a great sports book about leadership, judgement and decision-making – rooted in the theory that helped Ed Smith lead the UK cricket team to international success. 

  • How do you spot the opportunities that others miss?
  • How do you turn a team’s performance around?
  • How do you make good decisions amid a tidal wave of information? And how can you improve?

As chief selector for the England cricket team, Ed Smith pioneered new methods for building successful teams and watched his decisions tested in real time on the pitch. During his three-year tenure, England averaged 7 wins in every 10 completed matches, better than they have performed before or since.

Making Decisions reveals Smith’s unique approach to finding success in a fast-changing and increasingly data-reliant world. The best decisions, Smith argues, rely on a combination of differing kinds of intelligence: from algorithms to intuition. This is a truth that the most successful people know: data cannot account for everything, it must be harnessed with human insight. Whatever the power of data, humans aren’t finished yet.

Sharing for the first time the tools he introduced as England selector, Smith’s book captures the immediacy of life at the sharp end, while also exploring frameworks from the top levels of sports, business and the arts. Decision-making is revealed as a creative enterprise, not a reductive system.

Making Decisions offers an invaluable guide for those who want a better framework for developing, explaining and implementing new ideas.

©2022 Ed Smith (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A masterful combination of analysis and personal experience of decision-making at the highest level. Full of insights, wisdom and highly entertaining." (Mervyn King)

"In this fascinating and highly readable book, Ed Smith explores how the human and the machine can work together." (Matt Ridley)

"Sincere and often self-reflective…offers genuine searing insight, making points you feel have never been made before. A learned and engaging study of decision-making." (New Statesmen)

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A hugely fascinating study in leadership and decision-making, through the lens of elite sport.

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A great book about applied decision making

What a book!

Great insight into fields of complexity and how to structure decision making whilst accounting for the nature of humans.

Has many parallels with other fields and is a wider study that the equally brilliant thinking in bets by Annie dukes.

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Excellent read

Massively increased by respect for Ed Smith as a selector, in understanding how thorough his processes were even if I didn't always agree with his outcomes!