Making extraordinary decisions: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking by Jennifer Riel and Roger L. Martin 

How frequently do you settle on decisions? Truly make them? Or then, again how often do you select one of the options given to you? 

Very quickly! Right?

In general, we use to accept the world as it is, and the options that are given to us trying to get the right solution to each problem and the right answer for each question. This is the point where the author disagrees because the real world is not a multiple-choice test paper with a single right option. 

Not at all! 

It’s quite obvious that the pressure made among different and opposing perspectives frequently shows up a new way forward. So, it is possible to make a new choice out of the given options. 

Let’s see what the author tried to explain through this masterpiece.

The Concept of this Book

This book incorporates new concepts of effective integrative thinkers that will demystify the complete procedure of creative problem-solving. It explains the writers’ useful four-step approach very well, which can be applied in any specific situation virtually: 

  • Articulating opposing models.
  • Examining the models.
  • Generating possibilities.
  • Assessing prototypes.

Practical and stimulating, Creating Great Choices combines theories, stories, and active counsel to guide any leader or chief to make extreme decisions or choices. 

Business school methods and conventional wisdom show us that making trade-offs can’t be avoided regarding making hard decisions. Though sometimes, accepting the usual trade-off simply isn’t sufficient because the options that are given to us aren’t enough to fulfill our needs. In those cases, as opposed to picking the least unwanted choice, we can utilize the options that we already have to make another and better choice. 

This is integrative thinking!

It’s Value in the World of Business

First presented by Roger Martin in another book (The Opposable Mind), integrative thinking is a way to deal with problem-solving that utilizes opposing thoughts as the reason for advancement or innovation. Presently, in Creating Great Choices, Roger and partner Jennifer Riel distinctively show how they have improved and refined the concepts and practicality of integrative thinking thoroughly by considering their own work and presented their efforts and its standards to business leaders, executives, MBA students, and even youngsters to help them. Integrative thinking has always been a demand in different associations because business leaders are looking for a replicable and insightful way to deal with making a “third and better way” to settle on significant decisions notwithstanding unsatisfactory trade-offs.

Wrap up

We all function through our own psychological models based on this world. It is our way to deal with this mind-boggling world. Yet, while making decisions, we should ensure that we are not confined to those models, perplexed as they are with cognitive biases and ineffective heuristics. Integrative thinking includes both social (decision making) economics and configuration thinking that encourage us to defeat these inherent biases by improving our metacognition (consciousness of our own perspectives), creativity, and empathy.

This book is a practical implementation of changing the concept of accepting the given choices passively to creating new ones actively.