Freshley’s approach is as much inspiring as it is thought-provoking. Through a variety of anecdotes, he encourages contemplation of the causes and consequences of readers’ actions—and how these actions affect others. Freshley dives deep into the question of why it’s difficult for individuals to make good group decisions, suggesting that this is because “the peace standard is really hard.” He offers the potent example of people preferring to quarrel with their neighbor rather than talk about a problem, driving home the point that a good group decision would benefit both the individual and the neighbor. After all, he notes, “it’s not us versus them, it’s just us.”
An engaging and informative read, Together We Decide is not just for leaders and managers, but for any individual who has a desire to contribute positively to their group, community, or team. Though repetitive at certain points, one can look past it because of the strong message Freshley is trying to communicate through these reiterations—the idea of togetherness.
Takeaway: This thought-provoking guidebook to effective collaboration gently challenges readers to think outside themselves.
Great for fans of: Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie’s Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter, Steven Johnson’s Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A-