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.


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.


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.


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.


Extreme Teams

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ISBN: 9780814437186
Release Date: 2017-02-16
Number of pages: 256
Author: Robert Bruce Shaw
Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn

Download and read online Extreme Teams in PDF and EPUB Managers want great teams, but most build them around decades-old ideas and practices made popular by companies that have lost their edge. Extreme Teams looks at the new generation of teams driving growth in today’s most innovative firms. They do this by doing things differently: hiring the right person instead of the best person; focusing on one priority while leaving room to explore new ideas; creating an environment where people are comfortable dealing with the uncomfortable; and maximizing profit by not making profit what matters most. The book takes you inside top companies and examines the teamwork experiments powering their results, including how: Pixar’s teams use constant feedback and debate to transform initially flawed films into billion-dollar hits A culture of radical “freedom and responsibility” helps Netflix execute on the next big thing Whole Food’s super-autonomous teams embrace hard metrics and friendly competition to drive performance Zappos fuels the weirdness and fun that sustains its success Times change, and so must teams. Designing and managing high-performance teams requires upgrading outdated beliefs and behaviors, and spurring a level of intensity and collaboration that lets them face down any challenge.


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.


Thinking Feeling Behaving

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ISBN: 0878225560
Release Date: 2006
Number of pages: 291
Author: Ann Vernon
Publisher: Research Press

Download and read online Thinking Feeling Behaving in PDF and EPUB For grades 1-6. An essential resource for helping students learn to overcome irrational beliefs, negative feelings, and the negative consequences that may result. This 2006 revision is packed with 105 creative and easy-to-do activities 15 are new to this edition. The activities include games, stories, role plays, writing, drawing, and brainstorming. Each activity is identified by grade level and categorized into one of five important topic areas: Self- Acceptance; Feelings; Beliefs and Behavior; Problem Solving and Decision Making; and Interpersonal Relationships. Thinking, Feeling, Behaving is an emotional education curriculum based on the principles of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. It can be used in classroom or small group settings.


Crush College

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ISBN: 098986541X
Release Date: 2013-10-01
Number of pages: 124
Author: Erik Fogg
Publisher: Rekkenmark Publishing

Download and read online Crush College in PDF and EPUB "How to Crush College" is an unorthodox guide to Adding Sleep, Reducing Stress, Double-Majoring, Graduating Early, and Getting Way More Out of the College experience. It's designed to help college students--whether currently struggling or already feeling "on top of things"--to achieve goals once thought impossible by dramatically increasing their effectiveness, eliminating previously-unthinkable amounts of wasted time in their lives, and then re-directing that time towards what's most important. Did you know that 60% of college students don't graduate within 4 years and that 40% don't graduate within six? To make things worse, students everywhere suffer from sleep-deprivation, stress, physical inactivity, and (of course) huge debt that grows with each extra semester. Even at MIT (my alma mater), friends of mine dropped out because they thought they "didn't have what it took." Other friends took 9 or 10 semesters--both miserably and hugely costly for young adults already in mountains of debt. Universally, the cultural norm in the US is that college students are expected to lose sleep and become addicted to caffeine. I think all of the above is unacceptable. My mission with "How to Crush College" is to change this forever, affecting change at the only place its realistic: with students themselves. I want to take college students from treading water to excelling and loving college. A successful, joyous college career should not be reserved for the lucky few. I want to give everyone a surefire way to achieve this. I want to eradicate burnout and restore fun. I want to make college great. The principles, practices, and mindsets that are consistent across the most successful college students are translated into a very clear, simple step-by-step guide designed specifically with the college student in mind. Its early steps focus on the biggest picture, recover the most time, and create early wins that motivate students to keep going and keep making progress. How to Crush College turns wisdom on its head by helping students do more with fewer hours and less guilt. Let's Crush College together!


Think Better An Innovator s Guide to Productive Thinking

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ISBN: 007175475X
Release Date: 2010-03-03
Number of pages: 300
Author: Tim Hurson
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

Download and read online Think Better An Innovator s Guide to Productive Thinking in PDF and EPUB There are thousands of books about thinking. But there are very few books that provide clear how-to information that can actually help you think better. Think Better is about Productive Thinking — why it’s important, how it works, and how to use it at work, at home, and at play. Productive Thinking is a game changer — a practical, easy-to-learn, repeatable process that helps people understand more clearly, think more creatively, and plan more effectively. It's based on the thinking strategies that people we celebrate for their creativity have been using for centuries. Tim Hurson brings Productive Thinking out of the closet and presents it in a way that makes it easy for anyone to grasp and use — so you can think better, work better, and do better in every aspect of your life. Think Better demonstrates how you can start with an intractable technical problem, an unmet consumer need, or a gaping chasm in your business strategy and, by following a clearly defined, practical thinking process, arrive at a robust, innovative solution. Many companies use the Productive Thinking model to generate fresh solutions for tough business problems, and many individuals rely on it to solve pressing personal problems. The principles you'll find in Think Better are straight-forward: separate your thinking into creative thinking and critical thinking; stay with the question; strive for the “third third” by generating lots and lots of ideas; and look for unexpected connections. The model consists of six interlocking steps: Step 1:What's Going On? Explore and truly understand the challenge. Step 2: What's Success? Envision the ideal outcome and establish success criteria. Step 3: What's the Question? Pinpoint the real problem or opportunity. Step 4: Generate Answers List many possible solutions. Step 5: Forge the Solution Decide which solution is best. Then make it better. Step 6: Align Resources Create an action plan. Tim Hurson starts by explaining how we all build inner barriers to effective thinking. He identifies our habits of thinking that severely limit our behavior, from “monkey mind” to “gator brain.” Then he demonstrates how to overcome these barriers. More than anything, productive thinking is an attitude that will let you look at problems and convert them into opportunities. At the end of this disciplined brainstorming process, you'll have a concrete action plan, complete with timelines and deadlines. The book is filled with many of Hurson's original brainstorming tools that will empower you to generate, organize, and process ideas. For example, you can identify your best ideas using the five C's: Cull, Cluster, Combine, Clarify and Choose. And you can transform an embryonic idea into a robust solution with POWER, which stands for Positives, Objections, What else?, Enhancements and Remedies. To create the future, you first must be able to imagine it. Productive thinking is a way to help you do that.


How Children Learn

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ISBN: 9780786746903
Release Date: 2009-04-20
Number of pages: 320
Author: John Holt
Publisher: Hachette UK

Download and read online How Children Learn in PDF and EPUB This enduring classic of educational thought offers teachers and parents deep, original insight into the nature of early learning. John Holt was the first to make clear that, for small children, “learning is as natural as breathing.” In this delightful yet profound book, he looks at how we learn to talk, to read, to count, and to reason, and how we can nurture and encourage these natural abilities in our children.”


The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering

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ISBN: 9780262526548
Release Date: 2014-11-07
Number of pages: 408
Author: Sanjoy Mahajan
Publisher: MIT Press

Download and read online The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering in PDF and EPUB In this book, Sanjoy Mahajan shows us that the way to master complexity is through insight rather than precision. Precision can overwhelm us with information, whereas insight connects seemingly disparate pieces of information into a simple picture. Unlike computers, humans depend on insight. Based on the author's fifteen years of teaching at MIT, Cambridge University, and Olin College, The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering shows us how to build insight and find understanding, giving readers tools to help them solve any problem in science and engineering.To master complexity, we can organize it or discard it. The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering first teaches the tools for organizing complexity, then distinguishes the two paths for discarding complexity: with and without loss of information. Questions and problems throughout the text help readers master and apply these groups of tools. Armed with this three-part toolchest, and without complicated mathematics, readers can estimate the flight range of birds and planes and the strength of chemical bonds, understand the physics of pianos and xylophones, and explain why skies are blue and sunsets are red.The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering will appear in print and online under a Creative Commons Noncommercial Share Alike license.