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

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Introduction [in PDF format]
A Q&A with authors Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird

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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