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STTS: Think Smart Work Smarter

Book Description

Your mind produces up to 70,000 thoughts a day—most of which are responsible for the decisions that you make. These decisions also determine your success both professionally and personally. However, we are taught what to think and not how to think. Information overload, short time frames and past failures can make even simple decisions and problems daunting. Do you lack confidence in your problem solving ability? Do you feel anxious when faced with a tough decision, or overwhelmed by lots of alternatives? Do you wish there was a formula for getting everything right? Executive coach and educator, Tremaine du Preez, fills this book with practical tools and effective techniques, all presented in a clear and practical manner. Making the right decision will be a breeze and no problem will be too difficult to handle when you are armed with these new and proven strategies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Preface
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. Assess Yourself
  9. 1. Effective Decision Making Is Vital For Your Success
    1. Key benefits of making good decisions
    2. How to tell good decisions from bad ones
    3. I’m well educated, so I must be smart
    4. I’m not well educated, so I can be smart
    5. Find out what type of decision maker you are
    6. Star Tips for boosting your decision-making confidence
  10. 2. Getting On Top Of Information Overload
    1. What is your information diet?
    2. The effects of information overload
    3. Information unload
    4. We can’t multitask but we try
    5. Unitasking
    6. Star Tips for taking control of your information diet
  11. 3. Making The Most Of Your Personal Thinking Tools
    1. Looking but not noticing
    2. Seeing the whole picture
    3. Finding your blind spot
    4. Our brain is a poor shopper
    5. Star Tips for understanding and making the most of your personal thinking tools
  12. 4. Harnessing Emotions In Decision Making
    1. Emotions are vital in decision making
    2. Logic versus gut feel
    3. Find out how emotions slip into your decision making
    4. Tips to manage emotions
    5. Tools to manage emotions
    6. Star Tips for avoiding emotion-based decisions
  13. 5. The Mental Bloopers That We All Make
    1. A troubleshooting guide for your brain
    2. Why bother with brain bloopers?
    3. Tips for tackling the framing blooper
    4. Do experts always make great decisions?
    5. Tips to avoid the expert trap
    6. More troubleshooting tools to snoop out bloopers
    7. Star Tips for avoiding mental bloopers
  14. 6. Comfort Zone Thinking
    1. Your decision-making comfort zone
    2. The dangers of comfort zone thinking
    3. Is procrastination your pressure cooker?
    4. Tips to kick the procrastination habit
    5. Conventional wisdom isn’t always wise
    6. Five ways to challenge conventional wisdom
    7. Star Tips for avoiding comfort zone thinking
  15. 7. Creativity Produces Better Solutions And Breakthroughs
    1. The great creativity myth
    2. Create an environment for growing creative ideas
    3. Brainwaves
    4. Intelligent brainstorming for breakthroughs
    5. Disney’s problem-solving process
    6. Star Tips for creating breakthrough solutions
  16. 8. Visual Problem Solving Tools
    1. The problem with traditional problem solving
    2. Problem solving in the 21st century and beyond
    3. A visual problem solving toolkit
    4. A visual problem solving shortcut
    5. A note on getting started
    6. Star Tips for using visual problem-solving tools
  17. 9. Practical Problem Solving For Teams
    1. The advantage of many minds
    2. Groupthink
    3. Symptoms of groupthink
    4. Consequences of groupthink
    5. Turning groupthink into team think
    6. Cameras, lenses and thinking tools
    7. Ten questions to tame the toughest decisions
    8. Star Tips for solving problems in teams
  18. 10. Creating And Sharing Your Decision-Making Strategy
    1. Creating your decision-making strategy
    2. Building your decision-making strategy
    3. Your quick reference checklist
    4. Communicating your decisions to others
    5. Empowering others to think smart, work smarter
    6. Star Tips for creating and sharing your decision-making strategy
  19. Index
  20. About The Author