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Critical Thinking Strategies for Success (Collection)

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3 great books help you think more clearly about any problem – and transform better thinking into better results – in business, and in life!

Three remarkable books help you think more clearly, flexibly, effectively — and transform better thinking into better personal and business performance! Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life offers practical tools for becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life: in your career, and as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and lover. Richard W. Paul and Linda Elder reveal the core skills of effective thinking, helping you analyze your own thought processes, identify weaknesses, and overcome them. The Truth About Making Smart Decisions brings together 50 powerful “truths” about making better decisions: real solutions for the tough challenges faced by every decision-maker, in business and in life. You'll discover how to systematically prepare to make better decisions...how to get the right information, without getting buried in useless data...how to minimize your risks, and then act decisively...how to make better group decisions...profit from mistakes...and a whole lot more. Finally, Now You're Thinking!: Change Your Thinking...Transform Your Life draws on an incredible story of survival in wartime to introduce a model of critical thinking that will help you recognize how your emotions are shaping your actions, evaluate arguments more effectively, and draw conclusions that lead you directly to better life decisions.

From world-renowned leaders in the promotion of effective thinking, includingDr. Richard Paul, Dr. Linda Elder, Robert E. Gunther,Judy Chartrand, Stewart Emery, Russ Hall, Heather Ishikawa, and John Maketa

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Critical Thinking
    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Contents
    4. Financial Times Prentice Hall Books
    5. Acknowledgment
    6. Preface
    7. Chapter 1. Thinking in a World of Accelerating Change and Intensifying Danger
    8. Chapter 2. Becoming a Critic of Your Thinking
    9. Chapter 3. Becoming a Fair-Minded Thinker
    10. Chapter 4. Self-Understanding
    11. Chapter 5. The First Four Stages of Development: What Level Thinker Are You?
    12. Chapter 6. The Parts of Thinking
    13. Chapter 7. The Standards for Thinking
    14. Chapter 8. Design Your Life
    15. Chapter 9. The Art of Making Intelligent Decisions
    16. Chapter 10. Taking Charge of Your Irrational Tendencies
    17. Chapter 11. Monitoring Your Sociocentric Tendencies
    18. Chapter 12. Developing as an Ethical Reasoner
    19. Chapter 13. Analyzing and Evaluating Thinking in Corporate and Organizational Life
    20. Chapter 14. The Power and Limits of Professional Knowledge (And of the Disciplines that Underlie Them)
    21. Chapter 15. Strategic Thinking Part One
    22. Chapter 16. Strategic Thinking Part Two
    23. Glossary: A Guide to Critical Thinking Terms and Concepts
    24. References
    25. Index
    26. Financial Times Press
  3. The Truth About: Making Smart Decisions
    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication Page
    4. Contents
    5. Preface
    6. Introduction
    7. Part I: The Truth About Preparing for Decisions
      1. Truth 1. Before a major decision, get some Z's
      2. Truth 2. Act from a state of clarity
      3. Truth 3. If you can't get distance, get perspective
      4. Truth 4. Keep it real
      5. Truth 5. Use a systematic process
      6. Truth 6. Know your decision-making style
    8. Part II: The Truth About Why Bad Decisions Are Good
      1. Truth 7. To make better decisions, make more mistakes
      2. Truth 8. Be prepared to profit from your mistakes
      3. Truth 9. Learn from your close calls
      4. Truth 10. Learn from the decisions of others
      5. Truth 11. Don't judge your decisions based on their outcome
      6. Truth 12. Leave yourself room to get back from the pole
    9. Part III: The Truth About the Limits of Your Mind
      1. Truth 13. Understand common "decision traps"
      2. Truth 14. Giving up something? Get over it!
      3. Truth 15. It's possible to miss an entire gorilla
      4. Truth 16. You may see only what you're looking for
      5. Truth 17. You're not as clever as you think you are
      6. Truth 18. Your view of the world depends on what planet you're from
      7. Truth 19. Beware of seeing patterns that aren't there
      8. Truth 20. Different is not always better
    10. Part IV: The Truth About Complex Decisions
      1. Truth 21. Boil knowledge down to its essence—and then act on it
      2. Truth 22. Decisions are not snapshots but movies
      3. Truth 23. No decision is an island
      4. Truth 24. Build the city around your decision
    11. Part V: The Truth About Data
      1. Truth 25. Listen for the dog that doesn't bark
      2. Truth 26. Sorry, Joe Friday. The facts are never "just the facts."
      3. Truth 27. Recognize the power of intuition
    12. Part VI: The Truth About Acting Decisively
      1. Truth 28. The wrong decision is better than none at all
      2. Truth 29. Get 80 percent (or less) of what you need, and then act on it
      3. Truth 30. Every decision carries risk. Get used to it
      4. Truth 31. Not making a decision is a decision
    13. Part VII: The Truth About Decisions in Groups
      1. Truth 32. Two heads can be worse than one
      2. Truth 33. Use constructive conflict
      3. Truth 34. Surround yourself with people smarter than yourself
      4. Truth 35. Make decision roles clear
      5. Truth 36. Break free from the prisoner's dilemma
    14. Part VIII: The Truth About Emotions
      1. Truth 37. A little adrenaline can be a good thing
      2. Truth 38. Understand the impact of emotions
      3. Truth 39. Beware of the attractive new shortcut
    15. Part IX: The Truth About Ethical Decision Making
      1. Truth 40. Don't do anything you wouldn't want seen on YouTube
      2. Truth 41. There are no quiet corners safe from scrutiny
      3. Truth 42. To know where you're going, know where you stand
      4. Truth 43. Don't let power or ego sway you from your course
    16. Part X: The Truth About Big Decisions
      1. Truth 44. Lower the costs of failure
      2. Truth 45. Break down big decisions into smaller ones
      3. Truth 46. Don't forget the screwdrivers
    17. Part XI: The Truth About Moving On
      1. Truth 47. Keep your eye on the long term
      2. Truth 48. Belief in your decision can make it come true
      3. Truth 49. Keep a sense of humor
      4. Truth 50. Don't look back
    18. Additional Resources
    19. References
    20. About the Author
  4. Now You’re Thinking
    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication Page
    4. Contents
    5. Foreword
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. About the Authors
    8. Introduction
    9. Amenah’s Story
    10. Chapter 1. How Your Mind Works—Some Assembly Required
    11. Chapter 2. A New Way of Thinking
    12. Chapter 3. Take Stock of Your Style
    13. Chapter 4. Change Your Thinking... Revolutionize Your Career... Transform Your Life
    14. Appendix A. Characters
    15. Appendix B. Cognitive Biases: Common Mental Mind Traps
    16. Appendix C. Resources
    17. Index
    18. Financial Times Press
  5. Making Sense of People
    1. Copyright Page
    2. Contents
    3. Introduction. When Intuition Isn’t Enough
    4. Part I: Describing Personality Differences
      1. One. Personality Traits
      2. Two. Troublesome Patterns
    5. Part II: Explaining Personality Differences
      1. Three. How Genes Make Us Different
      2. Four. Building a Personal Brain
    6. Part III: Whole Persons, Whole Lives
      1. Five. What’s a Good Character?
      2. Six. Identity: Creating a Personal Story
      3. Seven. Putting It All Together
    7. Endnotes
    8. References
    9. Acknowledgments
    10. About the Author
    11. Index