The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. BurgerThe 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

byEdward B. Burger

Hardcover | August 26, 2012

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The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently. By using the straightforward and thought-provoking techniques in The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, you will regularly find imaginative solutions to difficult challenges, and you will discover new ways of looking at your world and yourself--revealing previously hidden opportunities.

The book offers real-life stories, explicit action items, and concrete methods that allow you to attain a deeper understanding of any issue, exploit the power of failure as a step toward success, develop a habit of creating probing questions, see the world of ideas as an ever-flowing stream of thought, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change. No matter who you are, the practical mind-sets introduced in the book will empower you to realize any goal in a more creative, intelligent, and effective manner. Filled with engaging examples that unlock truths about thinking in every walk of life, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking is written for all who want to reach their fullest potential--including students, parents, teachers, businesspeople, professionals, athletes, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners.

Whenever you are stuck, need a new idea, or want to learn and grow, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking will inspire and guide you on your way.

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Edward B. Burger is the president of Southwestern University, and an educational and business consultant. Formerly he was a professor at Williams College and a vice provost at Baylor University. He has authored or coauthored more than sixty-five articles, books, and video series; delivered over five hundred addresses and workshops thr...
Title:The 5 Elements of Effective ThinkingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:168 pagesPublished:August 26, 2012Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0691156662

ISBN - 13:9780691156668

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Table of Contents

Thinking Makes the Difference vii

Elements of Effective Thinking, Learning, and Creating 1

1. Grounding Your Thinking 13
Understand simple things deeply15
Clear the clutter-- seek the essential26
See what's there31
See what's missing41
Final thoughts: Deeper is better44

2. Igniting Insights through Mistakes 47
Welcome accidental missteps-- let your errors be your guide51
Finding the right question to the wrong answer64
Failing by intent66
Final thoughts: A modified mind-set71

3. Creating Questions out of Thin Air 73
How answers can lead to questions75
Creating questions enlivens your curiosity82
What's the real question?86
Final thoughts: The art of creating questions and active listening93

4. Seeing the Flow of Ideas 95
Understanding current ideas through the flow of ideas98
Creating new ideas from old ones106
Final thoughts: "Under construction" is the norm117

5. Engaging Change 119

A Way to Provoke Effective Thinking 136
A Brief Review

Share Your Own Stories of Effective Thinking149
About the Authors155

Editorial Reviews

"[A] short and brilliant book with tips on being a better thinker. . . . [I]nspiring."-Derek Silvers