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Book Review: The Grid by Matt Watkinson

The GridAsking someone how they make decisions is always an interesting conversation-starter. Once you start to scratch the surface and understand the subtext to decision-making in others, it will start to help you understand the science behind your own decision-making. And it is this science that is tackled by author Matt Watkinson in his book The Grid. The Decision Making Tool for Every Business (including Yours) (Penguin Random House, 2017).

Basically, the book does a deep dive into every area of a decision-making grid, taking the reader through step-by-step and making it easy to apply the methodology to your own decision-making. For those of you (like me) who start reading a book like this and just want to get stuck right in and try it out, there’s also a ‘fast-track’ option.

There are lots of stories and anecdotes peppered throughout the book too, so if you’re having trouble getting your head around something, these provide lots of little ‘aha!’ moments.

To go into too much detail about the process would do it an injustice. Suffice to say, The Grid is the book for you if:

  • You are struggling to make decisions about something important…and you can’t really see a way through
  • You make decisions regularly based on gut instinct and are interested in finding out how you can make that natural process repeatable and teachable
  • You have people on your team who struggle to make firm decisions and/or to justify their decisions
  • You have to make significant decisions with a team and are looking for a process to work through in order to get input and buy-in from all

With just about every market shifting and changing, there’s no better time to put a structure in place to make smart, evidence-based decisions.

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