In this primer on the problem-solving power of "integrative thinking," Martin draws on more than 50 management success stories, including the masterminds behind The Four Seasons, Proctor & Gamble and eBay, to demonstrate how, like the opposable thumb, the "opposable mind"-Martin's term for the human brain's ability "to hold two conflicting ideas in constructive tension"-is an intellectually advantageous evolutionary leap through which decision-makers can synthesize "new and superior ideas." Using this strategy, Martin focuses on what leaders think, rather than what they do. Among anecdotes and examples steering readers to change their thinking about thinking, Martin gives readers specific strategies for understanding their own "personal knowledge system" (by parsing inherent qualities of "stance," "tools" and "experience"), as well as for taking advantage of the "richest source of new insight into a problem," the "opposing model." Each of the eight chapters is well organized, making for a clear and cumulative read. Part inspiration, part logic lesson, this title will provide fresh perspective for anyone prepared to dust off her thinking cap.
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Martin makes a compelling argument for a paradoxical approach to problem-solving. --BusinessWeek, November 26, 2007
...compelling...the thesis that fresh thought processes are required to deal with the world s contradictions and complexities rings true. --The Financial Times, December 19, 2007 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A good book. The ideas are not revolutionary, but simple ideas people tend to forget in their day to day grind.Published 2 months ago by E.Gray
I wish the flow of the book could he more clear and language more concise
I felt like I know enough after Reading chapter 1 and 2
As we muddle through complexity, the search is for simplicity. Instead, complexity should be embraced for helping us think for innovative models. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Communityfirst
Interesting. Just got started. Enjoyed the perspective so far.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. A must read for every manager that needs to find ideas to make better decisions....Published 7 months ago by Raguand
Great ideas and explanations. I personally skipped passed the repetition I found in the examples once I felt that I understood the authors point but they were all appropriate.Published 12 months ago by Sean Haaverson
I like the clear way that this book leads through the pragmatic illumination of the standard and better ways of viewing problems so that better solutions can be discovered. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chris Ironhill
I read it for a class and it has valuable information for anyone that is trying to influence others and stay ahead of the competition in a corporate environment.Published 14 months ago by Glenna Withem
Roger Martin is one of my favorite business writers. He is a leading edge thinker that has real world experience to back it up.Published 14 months ago by roberta ryan