Synopses & Reviews
Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World
is Noreen Hertzs practical, cutting-edge guide to help you cut through the data deluge and make smarter and better choices, based on her highly popular TED talk.
In this eye-opening handbook, the internationally noted speaker, economics expert, and bestselling author of IOU: The Debt Threat and Silent Takeover reveals the extent to which the biggest decisions in our lives are often made on the basis of flawed information, weak assumptions, corrupted data, insufficient scrutiny of others, and a lack of self-knowledge.
To avert such disasters, Hertz persuasively argues, we need to become empowered decision-makers, capable of making high-stakes choices and holding accountable those who advise us.
In Eyes Wide Open, she weaves together scientific research with real-world examples from Hollywood to Harry Potter, NASA to World War Two spies, to construct a path to more astute and empowered decision-making in ten clear steps. With a razor-sharp intellect and an instinct for popular storytelling, she offers counter-intuitive, actionable guidance for making better choices—whether you are a business-person, a professional, a patient, or a parent.
“With 10 sensible steps to take, Noreena Hertz charts a sound decision-making route for us through a world in hyper-drive. Id recommend a prudent first step-get this book.” Robert B. Cialdini, author of Influence
“[I]mpressively incisive....Readers interested in more information are well advised to peruse the authors detailed end notes. Properly applied, her straightforward suggestions will alert readers to logical and perceptive blinders, allowing them to make better decisions.” Publishers Weekly
“Witty, well-researched and practical, Hertzs EYES WIDE OPEN is an invaluable guide for anyone facing tough decisions in todays complex world.” Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company
“The hieroglyphics that are our modern world just got a great translator, for in herfascinating new book, Noreena Hertz has given us a kind of Rosetta stone thatpermits us all a new perspective on the chaos we call life.” Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker
“Noreena Hertz brilliantly combines academic research with a pragmatic approach. At the movie studio, we often have to make very expensive decisions based on imperfect information. Eyes Wide Open will be of great help as we continueto rewire the process by which we make decisions.” Michael Lynton , CEO, Sony Corporation of America
“Hertzs Eyes Wide Open is the go-to handbook for thinking intelligently and keeping your wits about you in an increasingly complicated and digital world.” Don Tapscott , bestselling author of Wikinomics
Become a more confident, independent, and successful decision maker—savvy to how your emotions, moods, and habits can trip you up.
In our fast-moving world, we're overloaded with differing opinions, conflicting data, and changing advice. But how thoroughly do we scrutinize those we listen to? Are we open to new ways of tackling problems or constrained by how we've made past decisions? How much do we challenge ourselves?
By combining stories from Hollywood to NASA with the latest in brain science, Noreena Hertz reveals the extent to which life-altering, business-affecting, policy-determining, and health-defining decisions are based on partial information, assumed wisdoms, corrupted data, and insufficient scrutiny. In this essential guide, she offers practical ways to make better, smarter choices and more accurate predictions—in your personal life and at work.
About the Author
Noreena Hertz is a bestselling author, academic, and thinker who has been described by Vogue as "one of the world's most inspiring women." Hertz has given talks for TED and the World Economic Forum, and she also advises a range of major corporations. She is associate director at the Centre for International Business and Management at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.