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From Harvard Business School professor and codirector of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership: a guide to making better decisions, noticing important information in the world around you, and improving leadership skills.

Imagine your advantage in negotiations, decision making, and leadership if you could teach yourself to see, and evaluate, information that others overlook. The Power of Noticing provides the blueprint for accomplishing precisely that. Max Bazerman, an expert in the field of applied behavioral psychology, draws on three decades of research and his experience instructing Harvard Business School MBAs and corporate executives to teach you how to notice and act on information that may not be immediately obvious.

Drawing on a wealth of real-world examples, from the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, Bazerman diagnoses what information went ignored in these situations and why. Using many of the same case studies and thought experiments designed in his executive MBA classes, he challenges readers to explore their cognitive blind spots, identify any salient details they are programmed to miss, and then take steps to ensure it won’t happen again.

While many bestselling business books have explained how susceptible to manipulation our irrational cognitive blind spots make us, Bazerman helps you avoid the habits that lead to poor decisions and ineffective leadership in the first place. His book provides a step-by-step guide to breaking bad habits and spotting the hidden details that will change your decision-making and leadership skills for the better, teaching you to: pay attention to what didn’t happen, acknowledge self-interest, invent the third choice, and realize that what you see is not all there is.

With The Power of Noticing at your side, you can learn how to notice what others miss, make better decisions, and lead more successfully.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Important new ideas are rare in discussions of flaws of executive performance, but Bazerman has one. In a compellingly readable book he illustrates the consequences of failing to notice signs of impending disaster, and he teaches executives how to practice vigilance.”

    Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize–winning author

  • “Books on leadership seem too numerous to count. But, occasionally, one contributes something to the field that is truly important and genuinely new. With its lucid description of the rarified—but learnable—skill of noticing correctly, this book is undeniably one.”

    Robert B. Cialdini, New York Times bestselling author of Influence

  • “In this book that will suit fans of Dan Ariely and Malcolm Gladwell, Harvard Business School professor Bazerman describes how we fail to notice the most important details around us…Sheds light on our troubling tendency to see only what’s in front of our noses.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bazerman, academic and consultant, uses his own experiences of failing to notice and many years of research to develop this road map for helping us notice critical information that we otherwise easily ignore…This excellent book is a must-read for leaders and aspiring leaders.”

    Booklist

  • “As with Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe, and David Foster Wallace, Bazerman winningly recommends the exigent art of seeing—what is there, what isn’t—with both skepticism and sensitivity.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An August 2014 Amazon Best Book of the Month for Business & Leadership
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