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Judgment

26 May

Judgement(SKIP IT)

Author: Noel M. Tichy & Warren G. Bennis

Genre: Nonfiction

First Published: 2007

Page Count: 370

Type: Hardcover

Film/ TV Adaptation: No

Rating: 2/5 Stars

A book on the basic concept of judgment that may not have needed 370 pages to educate its readers.

__________________Positives__________________

*Some Interesting Case Studies

___________________Negatives_____________________

*Repetitive     *Basic Concept     *Short Case Studies

“JUDGMENT: the essence of effective leadership.” Being able to make good judgment calls is essential to being a great leader, but is applicable to anyone in everyday life as well. In this book, the authors take a formulaic approach to teaching readers how to approach the judgment process in order to attempt to make the right call. From crisis situations to people judgments, the authors try to cover every area that a leader might come across where they have to make a tough decision.

I figured the topic of judgement would be easier reading then everything I had been taking in about business strategy lately. I was pleased a lot of the case studies weren’t ones that had been popping up in a lot of the business books I had been reading (i.e. Apple, IKEA, etc) as well. A few real world examples the book goes into in the most depth were very interesting to me; my favorite of these stories was of how Best Buy stores came about. I had no idea how independent each store was in deciding how the merchandise was laid out or how products were bundled. The section about how they also tried to market more toward the female shopper was also much appreciated by myself since women and tech are not usually the first things companies choose to associate together. It’s fascinating to use a service or store regularly in your life but never notice these unique characteristics that have set the store or service far apart from its competition.

That being said, the case studies that I so enjoy in a good business book were rather short and felt repetitive in Judgment. In fact, the whole book felt repetitive. I could never tell if I was going crazy or just having déjà vu but it felt like the case studies and the graphs that describe the judgment process were repeated multiple times. Repetition might be good in order for making information stick in your mind but it doesn’t make for an enjoyable reading experience. There is also a handbook at the end that makes up about 80 pages of this book and I, of course, read it because I didn’t want to miss out on anything or feel that I didn’t truly read the whole book. To my immense annoyance, the handbook is literally a summary of everything I had just read with a few tables and activities that let you test yourself with the concepts. Judgement is a pretty basic concept, and I can appreciate how the authors were trying to break it down in this book to guide people to make better choices in different scenarios. However, I think a bit of this book was overkill in describing the topic.

I had never seen any business books related to the topic of judgment. I try to branch out and read a variety of books on different aspects of business and this was definitely different then what I had on my shelves at home. However, I think this book could’ve been more effective by lopping off the handbook section, and giving a larger sampling of real world cases that are described in greater depth. As it stands, I would suggest looking into other business books that might be a better use of ones time.

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