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Principles for Smarter Thinking (Part 1)


This article is part of the Smarter Thinking Series, which includes a range of mental models and tools to improve general decision making, business acumen, and critical thinking. 

Aug 7, 2017

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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Smarter Thinking: The Socratic Method

Just as the scientific method is one of the most prominent tools associated with science, the Socratic method is one of the foremost tools associated with critical thinking. This article is part of the Smarter Thinking Series, which includes a range of mental models and tools to improve general decision making, business acumen, and critical thinking.

Jun 26, 2017

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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The Perils of Complexity & Cognitive Bias

"There is no polite way to put it: we are not as smart as we think we are. We are irrational, illogical, innumerate, unreasonable and overreactive... our two biggest problems — the most prominent (and interesting) of our cognitive frailties — are oversimplification and overconfidence." — Ted Cadsby, Closing the Mind Gap

Jun 15, 2017

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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10 Free Tools to Make Yourself Smarter


Being "smart" isn't all about your IQ score. Even those with high IQs and elite educations, such as Harvard medical students, can fail miserably at tests that focus on rationality rather than intelligence.

Jun 6, 2017

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When Positive Thinking is Dumb. When It’s Smart.


“The first principle [of science] is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”     — Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist

Feb 20, 2017

Topics: Leadership- Smarter Thinking

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80 Useful Mental Models


I strongly believe that one of the most valuable things we can do as creatures of thought is self-reflection: taking a little time out every once in a while to cross-examine the fundamental models we habitually use to process the world and make decisions. Wow, I did not make that sound fun at all, but please bear with me, if you will.

Nov 23, 2016

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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Top 5 Logical Fallacies for Better Business Thinking


Logic: the greatest undumbening tool ever devised. As a formal system of study, logic is quite diabolical, but even a brief study of selective parts within this field can pay big dividends.

Oct 30, 2016

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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The 30 Elements of Value Pyramid (A Model By Bain & Company)

Products and services deliver fundamental elements of value. Increasing value occurs when a company’s leadership team recognise the elements of value as a growth opportunity. It is fascinating to think about how your offering stacks up against the pyramid!

Oct 9, 2016

Topics: Smarter Thinking- Psychology- Business Models ("Nutshell" Series)

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