Super Thinking

Super Thinking

The Big Book of Mental Models

Book - 2019
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A WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER!

"You can't really know anything if you just remember isolated facts. If the facts don't hang together on a latticework of theory, you don't have them in a usable form.
You've got to have models in your head. "
- Charlie Munger, investor, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway

The world's greatest problem-solvers, forecasters, and decision-makers all rely on a set of frameworks and shortcuts that help them cut through complexity and separate good ideas from bad ones. They're called mental models, and you can find them in dense textbooks on psychology, physics, economics, and more.

Or, you can just read Super Thinking, a fun, illustrated guide to every mental model you could possibly need. How can mental models help you? Well, here are just a few examples...

* If you've ever been overwhelmed by a to-do list that's grown too long, maybe you need the Eisenhower Decision Matrix to help you prioritize.

* Use the 5 Whys model to better understand people's motivations or get to the root cause of a problem.

* Before concluding that your colleague who messes up your projects is out to sabotage you, consider Hanlon's Razor for an alternative explanation.

* Ever sat through a bad movie just because you paid a lot for the ticket? You might be falling prey to Sunk Cost Fallacy .

* Set up Forcing Functions , like standing meeting or deadlines, to help grease the wheels for changes you want to occur.

So, the next time you find yourself faced with a difficult decision or just trying to understand a complex situation, let Super Thinking upgrade your brain with mental models.
Publisher: New York : Portfolio/Penguin, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525533580
0525533583
Branch Call Number: 153.42 W4305S 2019
Characteristics: xii, 339 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: McCann, Lauren

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StarGladiator
Aug 28, 2019

Shazaam! Must be a great book with that title - - sorry, but no, unless you, too, have a trendy mindset like both authors - - two MIT guys [one a female type]. Seriously lacking in depth.
The authors use various trendy terms when the same word applies again and again: corruption!
[Like those TED talks which forbid certain words - - like inequality, for instance - - the authors' list of forbidden words must include "corruption"?]
The authors mention Rumsfeld's Rule [they are both easily impressed with any and all authority figures - - typical MIT zombies] which I will paraphrase and label, StarGladiator's Rule:
"You go to war with the SecDef you have. He's not the SecDef you might want or wish to have at a later time - - and you end up with the death cult called ISIS or the Islamic State.
Rated T for trendy and W for whatever . . . .

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