Getting Sidetracked


Do you think you're good at making decisions? Are you able to come up with a goal, and make the choices to realize that goal? It's tricky. We have a goal - getting fit, completing a work project, building those new shelves - and yet so often we get derailed along the way. Our plans fall flat, we make the wrong decisions.


Francesca Gino is an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, who specializes in decision-making and judgment. In her new book, Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed and How We Can Stick to the Plan, she lays out principles we need to keep in mind when making decisions. She argues that although we think of ourselves as oh-so-rational and competent, we really need to be aware of our weaknesses and emotional foibles.

We have two copies of Francesca's book to give away. For your chance to win, tell us your top tip for sticking to the plan and making good decisions. Is it all about lists and planning? Having a solid adviser? Let us know!
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