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.


To share thinking stories, go to: http://5elementsofthinking.wordpress.com

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 pages, 7.5 × 4.5 × 0.98 inPublished:August 26, 2012Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691156662

ISBN - 13:9780691156668

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Table of Contents

Preface
Thinking Makes the Difference vii

Introduction
Elements of Effective Thinking, Learning, and Creating 1




1. Grounding Your Thinking 13
UNDERSTAND DEEPLY
Understand simple things deeply 15
Clear the clutter-- seek the essential 26
See what's there 31
See what's missing 41
Final thoughts: Deeper is better 44




2. Igniting Insights through Mistakes 47
FAIL TO SUCCEED
Welcome accidental missteps-- let your errors be your guide 51
Finding the right question to the wrong answer 64
Failing by intent 66
Final thoughts: A modified mind-set 71




3. Creating Questions out of Thin Air 73
BE YOUR OWN SOCRATES
How answers can lead to questions 75
Creating questions enlivens your curiosity 82
What's the real question? 86
Final thoughts: The art of creating questions and active listening 93




4. Seeing the Flow of Ideas 95
LOOK BACK, LOOK FORWARD
Understanding current ideas through the flow of ideas 98
Creating new ideas from old ones 106
Final thoughts: "Under construction" is the norm 117




5. Engaging Change 119
TRANSFORM YOURSELF




A Way to Provoke Effective Thinking 136
A Brief Review



Share Your Own Stories of Effective Thinking 149
Acknowledgments 151
About the Authors 155

Editorial Reviews

"I've applied some of the ideas and they give real food for thought in terms of comparing and contrasting different approaches."--Ian Baulch-Jones, Quality World