Smart Thinking

Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done

by Art Markman

Number of pages: 272

Publisher: Tarcher Perigee

BBB Library: Psychology and Strengths, Personal Success

ISBN: 9780399537752

About the Author

Markman worked as a consultant for large companies, including Procter & Gamble. He has published more than 125 scientific papers and is the author of Knowledge Representation.


Editorial Review

Some researchers suggest that IQ tests are not good at predicting success because they do not measure the right forms of intelligence or the right combinations to predict how well people will do in real situations. But even that more nuanced way of thinking about intelligence falls short as an explanation of Smart Thinking. Measuring someone’s IQ does not tell you whether he or she engages in Smart Thinking, because most of what we are talking about when we say that someone has done something smart is not measured by tests of intelligence. That is because IQ tests focus almost on abstract reasoning abilities.  But Smart Thinking that led to the cyclone vacuum had nothing to do with abstract reasoning. Smart Thinking is really about the content of what you know and how you use it. It is the ability to solve new problems using your current knowledge.

Book Reviews

"With a clear structure and relatable examples, Markman provides easily digestible tips to improve our habits of mind and to execute Smart Thinking." - Learning & the Brain

"In Smart Thinking, Art Markman has developed a formula for more effective thinking and provides it in a highly applicable format." - Coach's casebook

"Upon finishing the book, I came up with a unique and different way of approaching my Monday-Friday work schedule." - Actionable books

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Wisdom to Share

The key elements of the general formula for smart thinking are to have high-quality knowledge and to find that knowledge when you need it.

Problem solving can be stressful in part because you have a lot of mental habits that you have generated through years of practice thinking.

The thinking habits you have are not part of some fixed mental tool kit that you were born with.

Those habits were created by going to school for years and then they were reinforced by all of the thinking you have done since then.

Those habits were created by going to school for years and then they were reinforced by all of the thinking you have done since then.

Smarter thinking requires developing new habits to complement the ones that have already brought you success.

It also requires changing habits that are getting in the way of Smart Thinking.

You are faster to create a habit when the situation in which you will perform the action is unique.

The mind is constantly looking to create habits.

The main benefit of a habit is to take a process that required attention to start with and to turn it into something that can be retrieved effortlessly from memory

To engage Smart Thinking, you want to ensure you have consistent mappings between your environment and desirable behaviors that will support Smart Habits.

Make sure that you are not spending valuable time and mental energy on tasks that could and should become automatic.