Francesca Gino, Harvard Business School professor and author of Sidetracked, tells us how we can stick to the plan and achieve our goals. Sometimes the biggest obstacle that stands between you and your goal is you and your wayward mind. You often start something new, but end up not finishing it. Think of the number of times you took a gym membership. Or vowed to eat healthy.
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You may not realize it but simple, irrelevant factors can have profound consequences on your decisions and behavior, often diverting you from your original plans and desires. Sidetracked will help you identify and avoid these influences so the decisions you make do stick—and you finally reach your intended goals. Psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Francesca You may not realize it but simple, irrelevant factors can have profound consequences on your decisions and behavior, often diverting you from your original plans and desires.
Psychologist and Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino has long studied the factors at play when judgment and decision making collide with the results of our choices in real life. In this book she explores inconsistent decisions played out in a wide range of circumstances—from our roles as consumers and employees what we buy, how we manage others to the choices that we make more broadly as human beings who we date, how we deal with friendships.
What factors are likely to sway our decisions in directions we did not initially consider? And what can we do to correct for the subtle influences that derail our decisions? The answers to these and similar questions will help you negotiate similar factors when faced with them in the real world. For fans of Dan Ariely and Daniel Kahneman, this book will help you better understand the nuances of your decisions and how they get derailed—so you have more control over keeping them on track. Get A Copy.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 10, Aaron Maurer rated it really liked it Shelves: , education-mindset. I have been on a kick reading all sorts of books about motivation, drive, introverts, life strategies, etc. This book was next on my list to read. The title captured me because I am on that is easily distracted. I can walk downstairs to do one thing and find myself 5 minutes later upstairs doing something else. I was interested in what the book would have to offer.
The book focuses on nine principles for which the reader is to work with when trying to improve their focus. Raise your awareness 2 I have been on a kick reading all sorts of books about motivation, drive, introverts, life strategies, etc.
Raise your awareness 2. Take your emotional temperature 3. Zoom out 4. Take the other party's point of view 5. Question your bonds 6. Check your reference points 7. Consider the source 8. Investigate and question the frame 9 Make your standards shine When reading this most of these items seemed like common sense. However, what is so powerful about this book is that through all the research how easily we are affected.
Most people know to raise their awareness for example. I am trying to get back into shape as I right this review. I know I have to watch what I eat, how I exercise, how much sleep, etc. We know this. Reading all the research that is shared by the author I was not aware at how much we can be sidetracked.
Letting our emotions get in the way, viewing ourselves as more of an expert than others to list a few. Once again we might think this is a no brainer. Read the book. Read the research. Be amazed by how much we can impacted by the small things. Things that I never realized. Things are a chain reaction. One little thing can really shift the path we take as our days, weeks, years progress.
I really connected with a Chinese parable that was shard about a cracked pot. This was one of my favorite parts of the book and how our perceptions or outlook on life events can really impact us. We can be either too narrow or too broad. The book cites examples of businesses and also research to support the idea. This was one of my favorite chapters by far. It really applied to me personally. Some of the ideas and research I found in Dan Pink's book so that was cool to compare the ideas and take away their views on things.
I kept thinking about how I could apply the ideas to teaching as an educator. The items expressed are those soft skills that are not really curriculum, but essential pieces to helping our students become productive adults.
All in all I enjoyed the books. I liked how there was example after example of research to showcase the ideas expressed. I need to think on the book more to see how I can move it to the education world. Many examples were business related which makes sense because we are all aware of many of these companies.
A great read. One to check out if looking for something to think, ponder, and apply to your life. May 15, Scott Rhee rated it liked it Shelves: psychology , nonfiction , self-improvement. It's easy to get sidetracked.
I have become quite a pro at it. My wife says I just have undiagnosed ADHD, and while she may be right, I can't imagine that it can solely explain why I have such a hard time staying focused and finishing things. Take this book, for example. Francesca Gino's thoughtful and entertaining book "Sidetracked" is a good read, and yet I stopped and started it numerous times to read other books.
I just get so easily distracted sometimes, which honestly scares the crap out o It's easy to get sidetracked. I just get so easily distracted sometimes, which honestly scares the crap out of me because my wife and I are going to have a kid in November, and as excited and joyous as I am, I don't feel in the least bit ready.
Okay, I do, actually, but it worries me that I'm the type of guy who occasionally forgets to take the garbage out to the curb for weekly pick-up. It's the same day every frickin' week!
And why the hell can't I remember to put lids back on ketchup bottles or pickle jars, or put the lunch meat back in the fridge? Sadly, Gino's book doesn't really help in answering those very specific questions. I would actually have been pretty amazed if she had included a chapter entitled "Why can't you put lids back on pickle jars? In that case, this book would have been perfect for someone like me. In truth, the book is full of extremely useful information, much of it applicable to real-life scenarios, but much of it probably targeted more toward business people.
Gino is an associate professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, specializing in the ethics and sociology of business practices. Basically, she knows how and why marketing works and how one can avoid the "tricks" that advertisers use. While it may sound a bit dry for those of us who don't have MBAs, it's actually pretty fascinating.
Incorporating detailed research studies, anecdotes from the business world, and examples from her own personal life, Gino's book explains why our decision-making skills and behavior are affected less by our personal values and ethics and more on seemingly innocuous external factors, such as wearing sunglasses and the type of car a person drives.
Francesca Gino on How to Not Get Sidetracked
Sidetracked investigates and identifies nine significant factors that can lead us astray when trying to achieve our goals. Francesca Gino draws upon her numerous research projects on judgment and decision making, social influence, and ethics as well as her personal experiences to compile a list of factors that can derail almost any plan. She divides the lists into three large components: personal, interpersonal, and environmental; and shows how each group can affect us in surreptitious ways. As companies try to implement changes — any changes, including those that would improve their ethical climate — they can expect problems along the way.
How to Not Get Sidetracked
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Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan
Book You may not realize it but simple, irrelevant factors can have profound consequences on your decisions and behavior, often diverting you from your original plans and desires. Sidetracked will help you identify and avoid these influences so the decisions you make do stick—and you finally reach your intended goals. In this book, I explore inconsistent decisions played out in a wide range of circumstances—from our roles as consumers and employees what we buy, how we manage others to the choices that we make more broadly as human beings who we date, how we deal with friendships.