Sources of Power Book Nuggets


image“I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.” — Albert Einstein

This post is an index of my book nuggets from Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions, by Gary Klein.

In this book, Klein shows you how people tackle challenges in difficult, non-routine situations.

The explanations are based on observations of humans acting under such real-life constraints as time pressure, high stakes, personal responsibility, and shifting conditions.

This book also presents an overview of the research approach of naturalistic decision making.

Sources of Power Book Nuggets

Here are my book nuggets from Sources of Power so far …

  • How Experts Make Decisions – Gary Klein explains how experts make reliable snap decisions over novices.  Experts draw from experience.  They rapidly test patterns against mental simulation to find a fit.
  • Satisficing to Get Things Done – Satisficing is efficient for finding “good enough” solutions for complex problems under time pressure.  Rather than explore all possible options and evaluate their trade-offs, they quickly run a mental simulation in their mind. If they find the option won’t work, they move on to the next.

If you want to really understand how to make better decisions under pressure and how intuition works, Sources of Power will shed some light.