- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus; Digital original edition (26 Jan. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749957689
- ISBN-13: 978-0749957681
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Smart Thinking: How to Think Big, Innovate and Outperform Your Rivals Paperback – 26 Jan 2012
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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)
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.See all Product description
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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.
o James Dyson: How did he come up with the idea for his vacuum? (Pages 8-13)
o The Formula for Smart Habits (33-41)
o Changing [Bad] Habits (44-54)
o Seeing Less Thank You Expect to See (60-71)
o Help Others Use the Role of 3 (81-98)
Note: This refers to "three simple steps": Prepare Pay Attention, and Review
o Fixing the Illusion of Explanatory Depth through Specific Thinking (110-118)
o Applying Your Knowledge (123-133)
o How Memory Works (159-162)
o A Language for Smart Thinking (174-177)
o Recommendations for Good Practice (186-192)
o Find New Solutions (195-198)
Note: In my opinion, this is one of the most insightful passages in the book. Re-read Drucker quote.
o Your Social Network and a Culture of Smart (207-210)
o Ten suggestions to create a "Culture of Smart" (210-229)
As Markman stresses at several points throughout his lively as well as informative narrative, Smart Thinking and intelligence are not the same. Whereas intelligence is defined as an inborn ability that determines how well you are going to be able to think, "Smart Thinking is really about the content of what you know and how you use it." As quoted earlier, "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.
Markman wrote this book so he could share whatever information, insights, and counsel anyone may need to become and then continue to be a Smart Thinker, feeding the brain with new knowledge of a very high quality.
As I read this book, I was again reminded of an observation by Aristotle: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." This is what Markman has in mind in Chapter Two when explaining how and why creating Smart habits will change both attitude and behavior. He notes two aspects of habits that promote Smart Thinking: The behaviors you perform habitually do not take up your precious cognitive resources" and "You do not have to create habits intentionally. They develop whenever there is a consistent mapping between your mental and physical environment and the behavior you want to carry out."
Becoming a Smart Thinker is essential to personal growth and professional development, to be sure, but it is also essential to developing a Culture of Smart. Before concluding his book, Art Markman provides and discusses ten specific initiatives that will help to establish and then enrich such a culture. All great leaders are Smart Thinkers who seem to have a "green thumb" for "growing" those with whom they are associated. That is the challenge and (yes) the privilege that they embrace.
If you are lacking in common sense then I guess both these books could be helpful but common sense isn't something that should need to be taught and to bunch together a load of what should be instinctive 'techniques' then sell the ideas - repackaged and reworded to sound more intricate and fresh than they really are - is just insulting. Thankfully I was able to loan both books from the library so have not contributed to the lining of the author's pockets. Both books are shameful and not even worth recommending for children!
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