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UNLOCKED: Keys to Improve Your Thinking Paperback – June 19, 2018
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The author introduces concepts and makes his points through ‘Think Keys’, which are scenarios and/or exercises that prompt you to consider a specific concept about cognition. At first the ‘Think Keys’ may seem overly simplistic, given the author’s matter-of-fact wording. But as the book progresses you will appreciate the author’s ability to distill complex cognitive and ethical dilemmas into plain English. He wastes no words.
Many of the author’s ‘Think Keys’ feature concepts explored by psychologist / Nobel Prize winner Daniel Khaneman (see Thinking Fast and Slow). But Dr. Zaltman’s ‘Think Keys’ bring Khaneman’s and other concepts to life by adding an interactive element and providing space for your ‘notes and ideas’ after each chapter. “UNLOCKED” focuses on you, the reader, in addition to explaining the literature on cognition.
The power of “UNLOCKED” lies in the interactive nature of the ‘Think Keys’. The book doesn’t just tell you about your mind, it demands your active participation. The ‘Think Keys’ illuminate how the lens through which you process reality may be distorting your experience of reality. These distortions may be adversely impacting your life and hindering you from becoming the best version of yourself (whatever that means to you!).
In my (humble) opinion, the most valuable takeaway from “UNLOCKED” is the need to actively cultivate a state of heightened awareness in each moment of your life. You should strive to recognize your mind’s ‘lens’ and biases so that you can change your mind’s operating system as appropriate. This is obviously much easier said than done. In the final pages, the author offers five attitudes for the journey toward this end: boldness, continuous pursuit of excellence, passionate curiosity, empathy and intellectual devotion.
“UNLOCKED” is a short read but a worthwhile one. You’ll be better for it.
In an era where critical thinking and evaluation are in short supply this is a must reed!
Jason Apollo Voss, CEO, Active Investment Management (AIM) Consulting, LLC