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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making

Book Description

John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making is a one-stop of practical advice and tips on problem solving and productive thinking from one of the world's best-known and most sought after authorities on leadership and management. Inside you will find:

  • 11 Greatest Ideas for Practical Wisdom

  • 8 Greatest Ideas for Problem Solving Strategies

  • 13 Greatest Ideas for How Your Mind Works

  • 8 Greatest Ideas for Clear Thinking

  • 13 Greatest Ideas for Productive Thinking

...and 47 other fantastic ideas, tips and tricks that will give you the confidence, answers, and inspiration you need to succeed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. 100 Greatest Ideas . . . in an instant!
  3. Title page
  4. Copyright page
  5. Author’s Note
  6. Preface
  7. PART ONE: Effective thinking skills
    1. Thirteen greatest ideas on how your mind works
      1. Idea 1: Inside your head
      2. Idea 2: The mind at work
      3. Idea 3: Your depth mind
      4. Idea 4: What the depth mind can do
      5. Idea 5: Become aware of your depth mind
        1. Using your depth mind in sleep
      6. Idea 6: Checklist – Listening to your depth mind
      7. Idea 7: Learning to trust your intuition
      8. Idea 8: How intuitive are you?
      9. Idea 9: Intuition at work
      10. Idea 10: Conscience
      11. Idea 11: The whole person thinks
      12. Idea 12: Valuing
      13. Idea 13: Know your mind
    2. Eight greatest ideas for clear thinking
      1. Idea 14: Analytical ability
      2. Idea 15: Hallmarks of a good analytical mind
      3. Idea 16: How to achieve clarity
      4. Idea 17: The power to simplify
      5. Idea 18: Asking the right questions
      6. Idea 19: The untrapped mind
      7. Idea 20: The skill of clear thinking
      8. Idea 21: Think for yourself
    3. Five greatest ideas for truth
      1. Idea 22: The love of truth
      2. Idea 23: A rock for decision makers
      3. Idea 24: Integrity
      4. Idea 25: The principle of falsification
      5. Idea 26: ‘As if’ thinking
      6. Follow-up test
        1. Effective thinking skills
        2. Clear thinking
        3. Truth
  8. PART TWO: Decision-making strategies
    1. Twenty-two greatest ideas for decision making
      1. Idea 27: Decisiveness
      2. Idea 28: Five steps in making a decision
      3. Idea 29: Thinking clearly about objectives
        1. Descending
        2. Upwards
      4. Idea 30: What is information?
      5. Idea 31: The time/information curve
      6. Idea 32: Factor analysis
      7. Idea 33: Develop options
      8. Idea 34: Why consultation matters
      9. Idea 35: Avoid an either/or mindset
      10. Idea 36: Using the lobster pot model
      11. Idea 37: Checklist – Options
      12. Idea 38: Probing the consequences
      13. Idea 39: The committee of sleep
      14. Idea 40: Assessing risk
      15. Idea 41: Consider your options
      16. Idea 42: The point of no return
      17. Idea 43: Practice makes perfect
      18. Idea 44: Depth minds at work
      19. Idea 45: Five ways to improve your decisions
      20. Idea 46: Integrity in business decisions
      21. Idea 47: The do nothing option
      22. Idea 48: Banish the fear of mistakes
    2. Nine Greatest Ideas for Sharing Decisions
      1. Idea 49: Your role as leader
      2. Idea 50: Task, team and individual
        1. Task need
        2. Team maintenance need
        3. Individual needs
      3. Idea 51: The three circles interact
      4. Idea 52: Eight functions of leadership
      5. Idea 53: The decision-making continuum
      6. Idea 54: The goal of consensus
      7. Idea 55: How to achieve consensus
      8. Idea 56: Checklist – Sharing decisions
      9. Idea 57: The wisdom of groups
      10. Follow-up test
        1. Decision-making strategies
        2. Sharing decisions
  9. PART THREE: How to solve problems
    1. Eight greatest ideas for problem-solving strategies
      1. Idea 58: How solutions differ from decisions
      2. Idea 59: A unisex model
      3. Idea 60: Six steps for problem solvers
      4. Idea 61: Checklist – Problem solving
      5. Idea 62: Reflecting on problems
      6. Idea 63: How to tackle systems problems
        1. Define the deviation
        2. Identify the cause or causes
      7. Idea 64: Spot your problems early
      8. Idea 65: Face the cannons
      9. Follow-up test
        1. Problem-solving strategies
  10. PART FOUR: Generating ideas
    1. Thirteen greatest ideas for productive thinking
      1. Idea 66: Creativity
      2. Idea 67: Dots and matchsticks
      3. Idea 68: Always test your assumptions
        1. Conscious assumptions
        2. Unconscious assumptions
      4. Idea 69: Avoid negative critics
      5. Idea 70: Holistic thinking
      6. Idea 71: The holistic mind at work
        1. Systems as holistic concepts
      7. Idea 72: Ideas grow like plants
      8. Idea 73: Imaginative thinking
      9. Idea 74: Imaginative abilities of the mind
      10. Idea 75: Exercise your imagination
      11. Idea 76: Imagination in action
      12. Idea 77: Imagination in perspective
      13. Idea 78: Checklist – How imaginative are you?
    2. Eleven greatest ideas for useful originality
      1. Idea 79: Quantity or quality?
      2. Idea 80: The creative thinking process
      3. Idea 81: Creativity in action – Thomas Edison
      4. Idea 82: Widen your span of relevance
      5. Idea 83: Make fuller use of your depth mind
      6. Idea 84: Write down ideas
      7. Idea 85: How to improve your creativity
      8. Idea 86: Suspend judgement
      9. Idea 87: How to lead a brainstorming session
      10. Idea 88: Ten questions for entrepreneurs
      11. Idea 89: How to encourage innovation
      12. Follow-up test
        1. Productive thinking
        2. Useful originality
  11. PART FIVE: Practical wisdom
    1. Eleven Greatest Ideas for Practical Wisdom
      1. Idea 90: Time to think
      2. Idea 91: Reflective thinking
      3. Idea 92: Ten principles of time management
      4. Idea 93: Intellectual humility
      5. Idea 94: Foresight
      6. Idea 95: Calm judgement
      7. Idea 96: Learning from experience
      8. Idea 97: People decisions
        1. The role of the depth mind
      9. Idea 98: Judgement
      10. Idea 99: Three elements of practical wisdom
        1. Intelligence
        2. Experience
        3. Goodness
      11. Idea 100: Your path to practical wisdom
      12. Follow-up test
        1. Practical wisdom
  12. Appendix: Solutions
    1. Idea 1: Who owns the zebra?
    2. Idea 67: The nine dots and the six matches
    3. Idea 82: Inventions and developments
  13. About John Adair
  14. Index