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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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PART ONE: Effective thinking skills

The development of general ability for independent thinking and judgement should always be placed foremost, not the acquisition of special knowledge.

Albert Einstein, German physicist

Behind your practical, everyday thinking there lies the most complex thing in the known universe: the human mind. Nobody hires and pays you nowadays for your physical strength. You are employed because you have a mind – and can use it effectively.

There are three forms of applied thinking that we all need: decision making, problem solving and creative thinking. These overlap considerably but they can be distinguished from one another:

1. Decision making is about deciding what action to take, which usually involves choosing between ...

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