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.
©2012 Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Excellent techniques for creative thinking, learning, and teaching. Great work here and a must read for anyone looking to transform their lives and continue to grow as well as a must for any educator or anyone looking to teach or mentor others.
The techniques and examples to relate to the work.
No, some of it I went back to read again as well. Great to read through then go back and read parts or the whole again to really absorb it.
Great insides from a Teacher's standpoint to provoke thinking and learning. Helpful for Students an alike to be better at anything.
Great insides and samples to understand the process of thinking.
Insider tips of a Professor.
For those of you that have read John C. Maxwell’s book Failing Forward you’ll find this the perfect complementary book to go along with it. I like the five steps they come up with here and I see how they tie in with the books ‘Eat that frog’ and ‘Flight Plan’.
As I listened to this book I see how it applies to my life right now. I’ve been working on a business idea that I come up with an idea and then I set it aside where later I will look at it again. Here I will change what I originally came up with and it’s better. By the time I trademarked it and put in my patents I got through without issues.
By going through the steps in this book I have begun to further develop my business idea’s. Now on my next idea I just put something down and look at it for what’s wrong then I change it.
I really can’t tell you more without ruining it. You need to approach this book with an open mind and with the willingness to change what you perceive as the only way to do something. If you drop these preconceived notions you will learn a lot more and benefit more from reading this book.
I really like this book, it introduces you one of those skills that you wonder, "why haven't I heard this before" it really resonates with me. I particularly like parts about learning the fundamentals and asking questions!
Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!
As a lifelong learner and a new teacher, I found many insightful lessons in the chapters of this book. I put some elements to work right away, and am planning how to implement all of them into my personal growth as well as my class design.
This book has a lot of good information. The information tends to make my mind wander and I have to come back to the spot I drifted but this is a good thing. It is good for organizing thoughts and pushing them to the next level.
Learning the basics
I enjoy learning, try to invest time in becoming a better, more considered person & have developed a genuine love in learning new languages.
In its category it sits near the top end.
I've come across similar titles, however the analogies offered and the stories used I found to be valuable and practical in their application. These books can often state at least in part the "obvious", but a well authored title will still have you considering the obvious in more depth and more constructively along with useful new ways to consider key aspects of thought in a practically meaningful way. The Five Elements of Effective Thinking does so exceptionally well.
The simplicity of the push up analogy in how obvious an analogy it is I feel best represents the brilliance of this title. It's well worth the cost, and there's a good chance you'll get value from this.
I am interested in the following: leadership, coaching, creativity, design thinking, learning agility, gadgets ...
Full of nuggets
It has many practical tips for increasing your thinking effectiveness
Many illustrative stories sprinkled throughout.
Will work more specifically follow the "flow of ideas" as I work.
I will listen to this multiple times to keep top of mind the key concepts.
Concise. Clear. Well-organized. Insightful.
It touches on very important principles of effective thinking. Whether analyzing a subject you have currently "mastered" or just delving into a new one, this is a great guide to ensure a firm understanding.
Each chapter is compelling; it's hard to say which could be singled out as the best.
Countless. I've been through this book more than 5 times already and I have picked up on something new and valuable with each iteration.
The book is short, but powerful. Very much worth the time and money, in my opinion.
I can't say as I haven't read the print version. I would think one area the book might be better than the audio program is the "illustration" portions. They sound somewhat disjointed when presented in the audio version. It might be a little easier to read them in the book.
In my opinion there really aren't any characters that stand out. There are a number of anecdotal stories, many of them regarding students, that are peppered throughout. But, none of them was very memorable.
I did somewhat enjoy the short story of the young college student in the calculus class whose dogged persistence paid off in not only his class work, but his self-confidence.
No extreme reactions. It's just a good, solid book that probably needs to be listened to a number of times as I believe with each listen, you'll learn something new.
Disappointed! I've read a lot of mindset books/self help, and via the reviews was looking forward to this. I only managed an hour - even my 10yr old daughter said "What is that?!" I had to agree! The American narrator does not help - speaking quickly and a dull tone, but the messages are very hazy - I don't mind I pickup just one thing from a book, an hour in and nothing - it's going back
"Liberates the Mind"
This is a short book, but worthy of repeated listening. The practices recommended are skilfully illustrated with simplicity and relevance. Adopting the ideas has helped free me from mental blocks in both creative and business activities and positive results are beginning to show.
"Nice book to listen to"
Overall if you are a self improvement junkie, there isn't a great deal of new material and a lot of familiar examples. Despite this I really enjoyed the book, the book is broken down into five main "elements" and the authors argue convincingly for each element.
I found the book very affirming, encouraging and uplifting. It was a new take on the subject.
I would recommend it.
"Rewinding and starting again tomorrow - great book"
Hugley interesting book full of advise and thought provoking ideas. There is a lot to take in and it's going to take a couple of reads , but starting tomorrow again
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