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Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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—Charles Ealy, Austin American
"…the book is an easy read, though rewards re-reading. Unlike many of these 'Think yourself smarter' books, this one has lots of good advice, and feels like it relies on primary sources more than secondary. In fact, I bet I end up reading a lot of what is in this book, taken out of context by 'Think yourself successful' gurus. Save time, read it here, at the source."
---Tom Otley, The Business Traveler
"Smart Thinking teaches people how their minds work so they can be more effective performers at work and at life. An essential read for anyone who wants to operate at their best, think outside the box, and accomplish whatever goals they set out to achieve."
---Sian Beilock, PhD, author of Choke
“If you want to be more creative, if you want to be an innovator, this is the book for you. Creativity doesn't fall out of the sky. It favors the prepared mind. This book prepares your mind.”
---Hara Estroff Marano, author of A Nation of Wimps
“What does thinking quickly create a positive mood? Are goals contagious? How do you create a culture of smart thinking? Building on decades of research in cognitive psychology and replete with stories and practical tools, Markman answers these questions and in doing so teaches you how to learn. Once finished, you’ll feel smarter. Consider it an owner’s manual to the mind.”
---Jennifer Lynn Aaker, General Atlantic Professor of Marketing, Stanford GSB and author of The Dragonfly Effect
“Smart Thinking not only enriches the literature on human thought--and its foibles--it takes it to the next level, offering clear prescriptions for how to sharpen memory, analysis and creativity in our daily lives.”
---Wray Herbert, author of On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits
About the Author
As a consultant, Dr. Markman has worked with industry, including Proctor and Gamble, and partnered with Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen on two of their bestselling You books. He is a member of the scientific advisory board for the Dr. Phil Show and is a regular online contributor for Psychology Today, the Huffington Post, and the Harvard Business Review.
Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their thinking. The chapter on analogy was by itself worth the price of the book. The explanations of memory were also excellent.
The book is organized in the following topic chapters:
What Is Smart Thinking?
Creating Smart Habits and Changing Behavior
Promoting Quality Learning by Knowing Your Limits
Understanding How Things Work
Making Comparisons and Applying Your Knowledge
Maximizing Memory Effectiveness
Smart Thinking in Practice
Creating a Culture of Smart
Two thumbs up for this excellent work.
Once you go back and start making notes, there is actually a wealth of useful, practical information waiting here to be incorporated in your life. Once you really get the point, the benefits are noticable almost instantly. Pay attention. Link information to your existing knowlledge. Be inquisitive. Know your limits. Know what you do not know. The most surprising fact is that while your life is built around almost automatic habits, your "smart thinking" can only be the result of breaking away from doing everything like an automaton. At the end I wish there would be more available material from the author.
You may not be the next Dyson. But hopefully you won't become one of the distracted, multitasking, absent-minded millions either...
Whatever its size and nature may be, every organization needs what Markman characterizes as "Smart Thinking" at all levels and in all areas of the given enterprise. That is, develop a culture within which everyone involved is prepared to solve new (i.e. unfamiliar) problems using the knowledge they possess including knowledge of where and how to obtain the additional information they may need. Decades ago, Eppie Lederer ("Ann Landers") observed, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." I agree, presuming to add that not knowing what you think you know but, in fact, don't is perhaps the most damaging form of ignorance. According to Markman, "Smart Thinking is like chess. Even though it may seem like Smart Thinking must be some kind of talent, it is really a skill" and almost anyone can master it.
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Where do I start? Every now and then, there comes an Author that turns your world upside down and makes you wonder is this paradigm shift. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sureshkumar
fantastic. simple, yet nuanced. this is one of those book that strikes a balance between examples/stories/anologies and content (as opposed to books that are far more stories than... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Leslie D. Svoboda
Easy read. This book is full of practical advice. Definitely worth the time. The author links his ideas to real life examples.Published 17 months ago by TJ
Lots of good input. I used it as the basis for an advanced English workshop I led at a camp in Europe. Read morePublished 18 months ago by PG