Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example – A Book Review

Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead By Example is guide about how to make better decisions. It explains how better decision making can result in a balanced life. Decide explains how decision-making habits can help shape our lives and relationships. It is also about motivation and choosing how and where to get it. Lastly, it is about the value of time and how to understand it to spend our lives more fruitfully.

Book Details

Decide hardcover edition is about 6.1 inches wide, 1 inch thick, and 9.1 inches tall, and ships about 15.2 ounces. It has about 208 pages divided in 9 chapters. Aside from the hardcover edition, a Kindle edition is also available. This first edition was published in English by Wiley in February 2014. ISBN-10: 1118554388, ISBN-13: 978-1118554388


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Target Audience

Decide is for a wide variety of audience. It is useful to high-level executives as well as to high school and college students, and everyone in between. It is for anyone who wishes to make improvements in their lives, to be a leader to themselves and to others, and to make a difference. The book is also a useful reference to executive and leadership coaches, talent managers, and educators.

What Customers Say

Brian M. (Amazon) introduced himself as the CEO of a business who has referred Steve McClatchy and his book to many business associates. He described Decide as an excellent and helpful book that offers quick and easy applications that can be used in everyday life. The message is fresh which he has not heard from other speakers in the same business.

Tina A. (Amazon) expressed her love for the book. She stated that it gives practical advice on how to organize her calendar and to-do lists. Furthermore, Decide also gives her a different outlook on life. She sent an email to the author’s website, and she got a reply very quickly, which for her shows the author’s true passion and calling.

Naomi Y. (Goodreads) explained that what she likes about Decide is how the framing of basic principles is explained in a way that sticks to her. The book spells out that there are many things that are not part of people’s life goals that cannot be delegated or put off indefinitely, but are still important to do. The author explained well the psychology of scheduled vs unscheduled tasks, and provides tips on how to reserve time and complete activities that will still bring growth and accomplishment, and not just relief of dodging bullets.

Content, Approach, Style

Content: Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead By Example is divided into an Introduction and 9 chapters. The book starts with a story of the importance of making a decision or choice, and how making the right one can lead to favorable results and impact even in the long run. Chapter 1 describes the 2 forms of human motivation, to gain and to prevent pain. The second chapter presents ways how to avoid burnout and create balance. The succeeding chapters discuss how to prioritize tasks in relation to results, how to get the right energy and motivation, gaining a better understanding of the value of time, and others.

Approach/Tone: The author presents his ideas in an informative way, with reference to previous studies by experts. He also connects to the reader in a personal way, encouraging them to look at their personal lives and motivations through questions. He then offers an explanation to prove his point.

Style: Decide is easy to read with the use of common language, without any specialized terms or jargon. Terms such as Gain – moving toward something you want, or Prevent Pain – preventing the loss of something you have, are adequately explained. Important ideas or concepts are especially highlighted or given focus to help the readers remember them. Each topic is separated by a heading, and paragraphs are of readable length. Lists are also used to itemize a series of important concepts or steps.

Why Buy the Book

Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead By Example is a book that provides a practical approach on how to focus on things that matter by identifying our motivation. We all make decisions every time, but the book presents a way to make better decisions by first understanding the value of time, and teaching practical ways to prioritize, plan, manage interruptions, and organize.


Steve McClatchy is the founder and president of Alleer Training and Consulting, a firm focused on helping companies and individuals improve performance and achieve outstanding results. They are experts in the areas of leadership, performance, personal growth, and work/life engagement. Steve received his BA in Finance and BA in Economics from The Catholic University of America. He is an entrepreneur, speaker, trainer, consultant, and NYT Best Selling author. Steve is passionate about continual improvement, and believes that only when we continue to grow, learn, gain experience, achieve goals, and improve do we continue to really live.

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