Summary of The Thinker’s Toolkit
From the book: THE THINKER’S TOOLKIT: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving - Revised and Updated Copyright © 1995, 1998 by Morgan D. Jones Published by Crown Business, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC
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People often evaluate solutions incorrectly when they attack a problem. Some mistakes spring from insufficient information or lack of training. But many mistakes occur due to people’s innate proclivity to believe what they “prefer to be true.” You can significantly improve your ability to solve problems, make choices and weigh options by practicing 14 analytical techniques designed to counter the natural human reactions – or cognitive errors – that can cloud your perceptions. To derive the maximum benefit from Morgan D. Jones’s manual on problem solving, you’ll need to work through it rather than just reading it. He provides effective exercises to help you build cognitive skills. getAbstract recommends Jones’s workbook to those who want to hone their thinking skills and excel at problem solving.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why people make analytical errors in problem solving, and
- How to use 14 techniques to improve the quality of your thinking and problem solving skills.
About the Author
Morgan D. Jones formerly headed the CIA’s analytic training branch. He taught analytic methods at Georgetown University and founded Analytic Prowess, which conducts workshops for government and private organizations.
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