Stop Guessing

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ISBN: 9781626569881
Release Date: 2017-04-03
Number of pages: 160
Author: Nat Greene
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Download and read online Stop Guessing in PDF and EPUB Become the greatest problem solver you can be! Bad problem solving costs individuals and society incalculable amounts of time, money, and sanity. In this book Nat Greene—who's been solving hard problems professionally for over twenty years—shares nine behaviors anyone can adopt to find solutions to even the most seemingly intractable problems. The problem with most problem solving, Greene says, is that it's not problem solving at all: it's guessing. We have an idea of what might work and we try it out. If that doesn't work, we try something else. And so on. It's inefficient at best, and with really hard problems there are simply too many variables for guessing to work. Greene shows you how to adopt the behaviors great problem solvers use to arrive at solutions efficiently—without guessing. He illustrates them with examples ranging from everyday issues like fixing a malfunctioning garage door to stopping frequent breakdowns at a chemical plant (saving millions of dollars) to addressing the scourge of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. So stop guessing and start solving today!


Stop Guessing

Filename: stop-guessing.pdf
ISBN: 9781626569874
Release Date: 2017-04-03
Number of pages: 160
Author: Nat Greene
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Download and read online Stop Guessing in PDF and EPUB Become the greatest problem solver you can be! Bad problem solving costs individuals and society incalculable amounts of time, money, and sanity. In this book Nat Greene—who's been solving hard problems professionally for over twenty years—shares nine behaviors anyone can adopt to find solutions to even the most seemingly intractable problems. The problem with most problem solving, Greene says, is that it's not problem solving at all: it's guessing. We have an idea of what might work and we try it out. If that doesn't work, we try something else. And so on. It's inefficient at best, and with really hard problems there are simply too many variables for guessing to work. Greene shows you how to adopt the behaviors great problem solvers use to arrive at solutions efficiently—without guessing. He illustrates them with examples ranging from everyday issues like fixing a malfunctioning garage door to stopping frequent breakdowns at a chemical plant (saving millions of dollars) to addressing the scourge of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. So stop guessing and start solving today!


Stop Guessing

Filename: stop-guessing.pdf
ISBN: 162656986X
Release Date: 2017-04-03
Number of pages: 192
Author: Nat Greene
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Download and read online Stop Guessing in PDF and EPUB Most problems are fairly easy: they have a few likely potential root causes. The most important problems often have hundreds or thousands of potential root causes within very complex systems. Such problems are hard problems, and are highly resistant to guessing, brainstorming, or problem-solving methodologies that require conjuring a list of possible causes. Great problem-solvers are armed with a set of behaviors that allows them to avoid guessing. They consistently solve hard problems to root cause in a way that can seem magical to most people. In Stop Guessing, you will learn 9 behaviors that are critical to success and how to adopt them from Nat Greene, who has 20 years experience leading great problem-solvers. Developing your strength in these behaviors will help you to:� Stop wasting time and money, and trying your patienceEach of the 9 behaviors comes with stories of great problem-solving in action, including a best-in-class chemical processor that had hundreds of millions of dollars of upside hidden behind a hard problem, a losing baseball team without the budget for star players, and the scourge of poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa.


It s Not About the Shark

Filename: it-s-not-about-the-shark.pdf
ISBN: 9781848318250
Release Date: 2015-02-05
Number of pages: 288
Author: David Niven
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

Download and read online It s Not About the Shark in PDF and EPUB When we have a problem, most of us zero in, take it apart, and focus until we have it solved. Steven Spielberg tried that when the scenes with his expensive prosthetic shark just weren’t scary. Psychologist, social scientist and million-selling author David Niven shows us that focusing on the problem is exactly the wrong way to find an answer. And Jaws built its famous menace precisely because the shark hardly ever appears in shot. Putting problems at the centre of our thoughts shuts down our creative abilities, depletes stamina, and feeds insecurities. Niven shows how working harder, and having absolute confidence in finding a solution, actually hides answers. It’s Not About the Shark shows how to transform your daily life with a simple but rock-solid principle: If you start by thinking about your problems, you’ll never make it to a solution. If you start by thinking about a solution, you’ll never worry about your problems again.


How You Learn Is How You Live

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ISBN: 9781626568716
Release Date: 2017-04-17
Number of pages: 232
Author: Kay Peterson
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Download and read online How You Learn Is How You Live in PDF and EPUB What's Your Learning Style? Being a lifelong learner is one of the secrets to happiness, success, and personal fulfillment. But what's the best way to become one? Kay Peterson and David Kolb have the answer. They offer deep, research-based insights into the ideal process of learning and guide you in identifying your dominant style. You'll discover how knowing your learning style can help you with all kinds of everyday challenges, from remembering someone's name to adding a crucial professional skill to your repertoire. This book is a guide to awakening the power of learning that lies within each of us.


Wedged

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ISBN: 0989865444
Release Date: 2015-11-17
Number of pages:
Author: Erik Fogg
Publisher:

Download and read online Wedged in PDF and EPUB Fogg and Greene take readers through a compelling, thorough, and accessible explanation of how Americans participate in the process that is tearing the nation apart. They explore the history and process behind growing partisan gridlock, and the wedge issues used to hijack us into being tools of the political machine.


A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis

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ISBN: 9781483359472
Release Date: 2015-08-19
Number of pages: 224
Author: Eugene Bardach
Publisher: CQ Press

Download and read online A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis in PDF and EPUB In the Fifth Edition of A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving, Eugene Bardach and new co-author Eric Patashnik draw on more than 40 years of experience teaching students to be effective, accurate, and persuasive policy analysts. This bestselling handbook presents dozens of concrete tips, interesting case studies, and step-by-step strategies that are easily applicable for the budding analyst as well as the seasoned professional. In this new edition, Bardach and Patashnik update many examples to reflect the shifting landscape of policy issues. A new section with advice on how to undertake policy design in addition to making policy choices makes the book even more engaging. Readers will also appreciate a sample document of real world policy analysis, suggestions for developing creative, "out-of-the-box" solutions, and tips for working with clients.


Verbal Behavior

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ISBN: 9780989983907
Release Date: 2014-05-26
Number of pages: 1025
Author: B. F. Skinner
Publisher: B. F. Skinner Foundation

Download and read online Verbal Behavior in PDF and EPUB In 1934, at the age of 30, B. F. Skinner found himself at a dinner sitting next to Professor Alfred North Whitehead. Never one to lose an opportunity to promote behaviorism, Skinner expounded its main tenets to the distinguished philosopher. Whitehead acknowledged that science might account for most of human behavior but he would not include verbal behavior. He ended the discussion with a challenge: "Let me see you," he said, "account for my behavior as I sit here saying, 'No black scorpion is falling upon this table.'" The next morning Skinner began this book. It took him over twenty years to complete. This book extends the laboratory-based principles of selection by consequences to account for what people say, write, gesture, and think. Skinner argues that verbal behavior requires a separate analysis because it does not operate on the environment directly, but rather through the behavior of other people in a verbal community. He illustrates his thesis with examples from literature, the arts, and sciences, as well as from his own verbal behavior and that of his colleagues and children. Perhaps it is because this theoretical work provides a way to approach that most human of human behavior that Skinner ofter called Verbal Behavior his most important work.


The Wisdom of Crowds

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ISBN: 9780307275059
Release Date: 2005-08-16
Number of pages: 336
Author: James Surowiecki
Publisher: Anchor

Download and read online The Wisdom of Crowds in PDF and EPUB In this fascinating book, New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant—better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future. With boundless erudition and in delightfully clear prose, Surowiecki ranges across fields as diverse as popular culture, psychology, ant biology, behavioral economics, artificial intelligence, military history, and politics to show how this simple idea offers important lessons for how we live our lives, select our leaders, run our companies, and think about our world.


Conjectures and Refutations

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ISBN: 9781135971304
Release Date: 2014-05-01
Number of pages: 608
Author: Karl Popper
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online Conjectures and Refutations in PDF and EPUB Conjectures and Refutations is one of Karl Popper's most wide-ranging and popular works, notable not only for its acute insight into the way scientific knowledge grows, but also for applying those insights to politics and to history. It provides one of the clearest and most accessible statements of the fundamental idea that guided his work: not only our knowledge, but our aims and our standards, grow through an unending process of trial and error.


The Explosive Child

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ISBN: 9780062339799
Release Date: 2014-05-20
Number of pages: 304
Author: Ross W. Greene, PhD
Publisher: Harper Collins

Download and read online The Explosive Child in PDF and EPUB Screaming, swearing, crying, hitting, kicking, spitting, biting...these are some of the challenging behaviors we see in kids who are having difficulty meeting our expectations. These behaviors often leave parents feeling frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, and desperate for answers. In this fully revised and updated book, Dr. Ross Greene helps you understand why and when your child does these things and how to respond in ways that are nonpunitive, nonadversarial, humane, and effective. Dr. Greene describes how best to: Understand the factors that contribute to challenging episodes. Identify the specific situations in which challenging episodes are likely to occur. Reduce or eliminate challenging episodes by solving the problems that cause them. Solve problems collaboratively (rather than unilaterally) and proactively (rather than reactively). Help your child develop the skills to be more flexible, solve problems, and handle frustration more adaptively. Reduce hostility and antagonism between you and your child. With Dr. Greene's practical, expert guidance, you and your child will forge a new relationship based on communication and mutual respect.


How to Solve Problems And Prevent Trouble

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ISBN: 9781881074083
Release Date: 2008-09-13
Number of pages:
Author: Richard W. Wetherill
Publisher: The Alpha Publishing House

Download and read online How to Solve Problems And Prevent Trouble in PDF and EPUB How to Solve Problems and Prevent Trouble, tells you how to greatly reduce the dilemma and difficulties of life. Problems and trouble will cease to be a compelling force in your life. The information has been tested and is in daily use by successful business leaders and private citizens. The knowledge reveals a dynamic lifestyle based on a natural law of behavior identified by the late Richard W. Wetherill. Introduction: Pressures and tensions of modern life can be reduced enormously, and the information presented in this book tells how. The information has been and is being tested in daily use by persons from various walks of life. They all say the information is correct and that it is important. They tell startling stories of what it is doing for them. They say the information is new, and many of them say they resisted some portions of it at first. The evidence is that no great progress is made except by changing from the old to the new, and the pioneering work of changing is ordinarily resisted at first. The person who resists is behaving naturally. If he persists through the initial resistance, however, he makes remarkable discoveries. He becomes aware that problems he thought were necessary are not necessary at all, and he learns how various objectionable conditions in his life can be changed. Soon he finds that his original resistance is replaced by an eagerness to learn more.


Algorithms to Live By

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ISBN: 9781627790376
Release Date: 2016-04-19
Number of pages: 368
Author: Brian Christian
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Download and read online Algorithms to Live By in PDF and EPUB A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades. And the solutions they've found have much to teach us. In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian (who holds degrees in computer science, philosophy, and poetry, and works at the intersection of all three) and Tom Griffiths (a UC Berkeley professor of cognitive science and psychology) show how the simple, precise algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions. They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing one's inbox to understanding the workings of human memory, Algorithms to Live By transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.


The Difference

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ISBN: 0691128383
Release Date: 2007
Number of pages: 424
Author: Scott E. Page
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Download and read online The Difference in PDF and EPUB In this landmark book, Scott Page redefines the way we understand ourselves in relation to one another. The Difference is about how we think in groups--and how our collective wisdom exceeds the sum of its parts. Why can teams of people find better solutions than brilliant individuals working alone? And why are the best group decisions and predictions those that draw upon the very qualities that make each of us unique? The answers lie in diversity--not what we look like outside, but what we look like within, our distinct tools and abilities. The Difference reveals that progress and innovation may depend less on lone thinkers with enormous IQs than on diverse people working together and capitalizing on their individuality. Page shows how groups that display a range of perspectives outperform groups of like-minded experts. Diversity yields superior outcomes, and Page proves it using his own cutting-edge research. Moving beyond the politics that cloud standard debates about diversity, he explains why difference beats out homogeneity, whether you're talking about citizens in a democracy or scientists in the laboratory. He examines practical ways to apply diversity's logic to a host of problems, and along the way offers fascinating and surprising examples, from the redesign of the Chicago "El" to the truth about where we store our ketchup. Page changes the way we understand diversity--how to harness its untapped potential, how to understand and avoid its traps, and how we can leverage our differences for the benefit of all.


Change Your Brain Change Your Life

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ISBN: 0307453332
Release Date: 2008-06-10
Number of pages:
Author: Daniel G. Amen, M.D.
Publisher: Harmony

Download and read online Change Your Brain Change Your Life in PDF and EPUB BRAIN PRESCRIPTIONS THAT REALLY WORK In this breakthrough bestseller, you'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You're not stuck with the brain you're born with. Here are just a few of neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen's surprising--and effective--"brain prescriptions" that can help heal your brain and change your life: To Quell Anxiety and Panic: ¸ Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil To Fight Depression: ¸ Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts) To Curb Anger: ¸ Follow the Amen anti-anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rage To Conquer Impulsiveness and Learn to Focus: ¸ Develop total focus with the "One-Page Miracle" To Stop Obsessive Worrying: ¸ Follow the "get unstuck" writing exercise and learn other problem-solving exercises