Book Review by Tania Palmariell – The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird
Princeton University Press
ISBN - 978-0691156668
This book is not your typical book for Managers, it makes fantastic reading for whatever stage of life you are at. Its’ written in a humorous and easy to understand, day to day, language and at least one of the scenarios will be known to the reader. The theory is applied to the day to day scenarios of everyday life and makes the practical application simple.
The theory described by the Authors is basic and common sense. However, as illustrated in the book, people today are so busy; businesses and markets move so fast that that people forget how to acquire deep levels of understanding in relation to tasks and chosen topics. Some adult learning providers on short one week courses even teach learning techniques how to pass the relevant exam, as they only have five days to learn and then take an exam, rather than giving a deep understanding of the subject matter. This leads to the desired qualification but doesn’t make it easy to apply in practice.
I will definitely be taking a step back, slowing down and applying those techniques in my future job tasks and roles. This will hopefully improve quality of my delivered work and my own satisfaction level. I also agree, with the authors, that this book needs to be read over and over again to not only gain a deep understand of the techniques but also as a constant reminder to use them.
I give the book a 5 star rating, it is easy to read and is small enough to be read in a train journey, excellent for busy Managers and Students.
5 stars: Exceptional, a “must read” for any manager or leader.