Book Review: Left Brain, Right Stuff

Emma De Vita reviews Phil Rosenzweig's book on how managers can improve their decision-making

Left Brain, Right Stuff
Left Brain, Right Stuff

How Leaders Make Winning Decisions is the subtitle of this book, written by the management writer and business professor Phil Rosenzweig.

The focus is on decision-making. As Rosenzweig explains: "Left brain is shorthand for a deliberate and analytical approach to problem-solving." Using it means knowing the difference between what we can control and what we cannot; between action and prediction; and avoiding other common decision-making mistakes.

"Great decisions also demand a willingness to take risks, to push boundaries and to go beyond what has been done before," he writes. "They call for something we call the right stuff." By this, he means the intelligent management of risk.

"Left brain and right stuff may seem like opposites, but they're complementary," he says. "For many decisions, they're both essential. Great decisions call for considered reasoning and a willingness to take outsize risks."

The art of decision-making is the management topic du jour, so tuck a copy of the book under your arm and look like the clued-up manager you've always aspired to be.

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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