The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking


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The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

by Michael Starbird (Author)
by Edward B. Burger (Author)



ISBN: 9780691156668


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Presents practical ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. This 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, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change.

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:


ISBN 691156662
ISBN13 9780691156668
Publisher Princeton University Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 26/08/2012
Pages 168
Weight (grammes) 257
Published in United States
Height (mm) 190
Width (mm) 114

Thinking Makes the Difference vii

Elements of Effective Thinking, Learning, and Creating 1

1. Grounding Your Thinking 13
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
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
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
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

A Way to Provoke Effective Thinking 136
A Brief Review
Share Your Own Stories of Effective Thinking 149
Acknowledgments 151
About the Authors 155