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The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
Edward B. Burger & Michael Starbird

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface
Thinking Makes the Difference vii

Introduction
Elements of Effective Thinking, Learning, and Creating 1

Earth
1. Grounding Your Thinking 13
UNDERSTAND DEEPLY
Understand simple things deeply 15
Clear the clutter-- seek the essential 26
See what's there 31
See what's missing 41
Final thoughts: Deeper is better 44

Fire
2. Igniting Insights through Mistakes 47
FAIL TO SUCCEED
Welcome accidental missteps-- let your errors be your guide 51
Finding the right question to the wrong answer 64
Failing by intent 66
 Final thoughts: A modified mind-set 71

Air
3. Creating Questions out of Thin Air 73
BE YOUR OWN SOCRATES
How answers can lead to questions 75
Creating questions enlivens your curiosity 82
What's the real question? 86
Final thoughts: The art of creating questions and active listening 93

Water
4. Seeing the Flow of Ideas 95
LOOK BACK, LOOK FORWARD
Understanding current ideas through the flow of ideas 98
Creating new ideas from old ones 106
Final thoughts: "Under construction" is the norm 117

The Quintessential Element
5. Engaging Change 119
TRANSFORM YOURSELF

Summary
A Way to Provoke Effective Thinking 136
 A Brief Review

Share Your Own Stories of Effective Thinking 149
Acknowledgments 151
About the Authors 155

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