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Germination of new thought patterns. Wow!,
This review is from: The Minto Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing, Thinking, & Problem Solving (Hardcover)
I have been blown away by the effect this book has had not only on my writing and presentation development, but the structure of my thinking. Minto's insistence on specific, definite patterns of logical analysis, while taking some effort to grasp, leads to analysis that is deeper, more penetrating and more complete than typical fuzzyheaded thinking & writing.
Example: Where before I might have thought I was finished with a logical argument, Minto gives me tools for realizing that not only is my argument incomplete, but showing which direction to go to fill it in, and how to analyze it to see if it is really a proper logical framework.
There are lot of examples to work through, and they deserve your repeat attention. I am keeping the book handy until I fully grok the whole thing; I continue to take a look at specific chapters and examples as I am writing, performing analyses and developing diagnostic frameworks (I am an Internet strategy consultant for a large Internet consulting firm).
Although Ernst & Young and McKinsey use this book extensively, and I noticed it is one of the top reads in the Booz-Allen purchase circle, I think it has far wider applicability than for consultants. Anyone who has to think, present or write clearly about a domain of knowledge will benefit enormously from an understanding of the principals elucidated by Minto.
Finally, for those who are Greg Bear fans, I feel I am finally getting a glimpse of what 'talsit' might mean (hint: Read the Eon series to see what I mean. It's a great series, and he's a great writer.)
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Initial post: Oct 23, 2012 1:49:26 AM PDT
Miss Clair Hendry says:
Hi Ben - I found your review very interesting. Whilst it was written a while ago, I was hoping to gain some greater insight from you as to how you have applied any of the principles/methodologies to practical situations. Has the minto approach, methodology gained greater buy-in from audiences you or your counterparts have presented to?
Please if you have any experiences I would love to hear.
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