The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

Book - 2012
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"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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780691156668
Branch Call Number: 153.42 BUR
Characteristics: viii, 157 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Starbird, Michael P.


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Feb 26, 2020

It was an easy read and the approaches were useful, however their experiences are all academic (that is to say they are professors in the academic sector) and as such all of their examples are from the perspective of a student or educator. There were useful insights though and considering how short it is, even if you find out that it isn’t for you, you won’t have wasted much time on it.

Sep 11, 2019

Good food for thought about how to approach challenges and achieve goals. The five elements are understanding deeply ("sweat the small stuff", make mistakes ("fail to succeed"), question (even when you think you know something well. Ask the next good question), follow the flow of ideas (from past history to present to future possibilities), and change (being willing to adapt by adopting the first four elements). The authors do a good job of fleshing these elements out with their ideas and anecdotes as math professors. Minimal filler and fluff, which was my initial concern when I read the book's introduction. I highly recommend this book.

Aug 05, 2017

A short, easy read containing solid ideas.

Jan 11, 2013

I enjoyed it. Perhaps in part because it discusses some counter-intuitive ideas (to some of us) that I have already learned on my own. Like for e.g. making mistakes is okay as long as you learn from them. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to checking out the website....


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