The full title of this book by MIchael Kallett is
“Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills“.
In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated the book at the Five Stars level. I believe it is excellent.
A clear process for making better decisions
I was never really taught how to think at school. By that I mean that I’ve no memory of any teacher explaining a process of how to look at an issue or problem to find the best solution.
As soon as I started managing other people, it became very clear that other people had the same gap in their eduction or were too lazy to put it into action. So much happens without any questioning or things stop because people don’t know how to use their initiative.
This is an important book because it provides a rigorous process for inductive reasoning, that is going from a premise built up from various levels of evidence through to a conclusion and decision. It also spends a lot of time searching for clarity on the very nature of the problem to be solved since the language used is often constructed sloppily and open to different interpretations.
While I was reading it, I was thinking it was fine as a way of thinking sensibly but the method proposed wasn’t going to lead to creative solutions. I was correct because the final chapters explained three ways of stretching thoughts to reach innovative solutions.
If Amazon allowed me half stars, I’d be rating it as 4.5. While it is very good and the author has written it as a workbook with exercises to help readers get into the habit of thinking critically, I feel that there’s something missing to make it a stronger book to read. Possibly a chapter or chapters for stories of thinking mistakes where the thinking broke down and the process could have saved things. That might have helped make the contents easier to remember.
As it is, I’m planning to go back and read the highlighted elements again and prepare a short guide. That way, I can learn to use it myself as well as helping clients dig deeper and more constructively into their issues.
I’ve rounded up because this is the best book on critical thinking I’ve read and it’s such an important topic that it deserves to be much better understood. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to improve their own thinking or the thinking of their team.
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