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Smart Thinking: How to Think Big, Innovate and Outperform Your Rivals [Paperback]

Art Markman
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Book Description

26 Jan 2012

Think smart people are just born that way? Think again.

Art Markman, one of the premier cognitive scientists in this field, demonstrates the difference between raw intelligence and 'smarter' thinking. Using examples from his own lab and stories from the worlds of business and popular culture, Markman shows it is possible to learn to be a smarter thinker. In doing so, you can reap the benefits in every area of your life.

Smart Thinking provides:

1. The means to replace self-limiting habits with new behaviours that foster smart thinking,

2. An understanding of the mind itself as well as memory,

3. The ability to define and solve problems more efficiently,

4. Ways to present and process information effectively.

Using the tools and practical exercises provided in Smart Thinking, you too can access the skills needed to achieve your personal goals and create your own 'culture of smart thinking' at work and home.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (26 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749957689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749957681
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Art Markman is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. His research explores a variety of topics in thinking including the way people form and use analogies, generate creative ideas, and make decisions. He blogs for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, SmartBlogs and HBR. His next book, Smart Thinking, will be published in January, 2012.

In his spare time, Art plays blues saxophone, writes for the Psychology Department Limerick Committee, and hangs out with his family.

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If you want to be more creative, if you want to be an innovator, this is the book for you. (Hara Estroff Marano, Psychology Today)

As one of the world's most respected voices in the field of cognitive science, Art Markman has isolated a formula for thinking more effectively. The book is filled with specific suggestions and tips that you can use to create new habits to think better, starting literally from Chapter 1. (Craig B. Wynett, Chief Learning Officer at Procter and Gamble and Dr Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery. From the Foreword to Smart Thinking)

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, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and author of Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To)

Smart Thinking not only enriches the literature on human thoughts - 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)

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.' (Business Traveller)

The advice on how to break bad and lazy thinking habits is interesting, and I've already used it to good effect . . . In summary, this is a thought-provoking read. (Stuart Kellock, Business XL)

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Drawing on the latest research into cognitive science, Art Markman shows you how to maximise your capacity to learn and solve problems effectively at home and at work.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it but... 8 Sep 2013
By robm
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Couldn't get my 12/13 year old daughter into it. I have the audio book version, it is a good overview of thinking habits but certainly 'American' in approach.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To smart for me. 20 Dec 2012
By J3R
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was like doing a middle management course, full of words which I had to keep re-reading to attempt to make sense of what I thought I had been told. I found it long winded. I'm sure it is trying to say something.
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By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
I cite the Drucker observation because it correctly suggests that misdirected efficiency is worse than no effort at all. Why? The problem to be solved is certain to become even worse, if neglected. As I began to read Art Markman's book, I was reminded of a passage from Judgment, a book co-authored by Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis. In the first chapter, they assert that what really matters "is not how many calls a leader gets right, or even what percentage of calls a leader gets right. Rather it is important how many of the important ones he or she gets right." They go on to suggest that effective leaders "not only make better calls, but they are able to discern the really important ones and get a higher percentage of them right. They are better at a whole process that runs from seeing the need for a call, to framing issues, to figuring out what is critical, to mobilizing and energizing the troops."

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, when responding to complaints about tuition increase at Harvard, Derek Bok 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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