Strategic Thinking

Strategic Thinking

Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life

By Richard Paul and Linda Elder

51nwM-erVsL._AA160_This is your complete, up-to-the-minute blueprint for assessing and improving the way you think about everything – from business decisions to personal relationships. Drs. Richard W. Paul and Linda Elder, of the Center for Critical Thinking, offer specific guidance for making more intelligent decisions, and overcoming the irrationalities and “sociocentric” limits we all face. 

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General System Theory: Foundations, Development, Applications

By Ludwig Von Bertalanffy

German-Canadian biologist and philosopher, Ludwig von Bertalanffy presents the revolutionary foundation, development, and applications of general system theory. This conceptual approach, created by Bertalanffy has had a profound impact on widely diverse disciplines, from biology to psychology.

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Harnessing Complexity

By Robert Axelrod and Michael D. Cohen

51Y+PEeG+CL._AA160_Harnessing Complexity will be indispensable to anyone who wants to better comprehend how people and organizations can adapt effectively in the information age. This book is a step-by-step guide to understanding the processes of variation, interaction, and selection that are at work in all organizations.

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Rethinking the Principles of War

By Anthony D. McIvor

This new work features the fresh thinking of twenty-eight leading authors from a variety of military and national security disciplines. Following an introduction by Lt. Gen. James Dubik, Commander I Corps, U.S. Army, and an opening essay titled “State of the Question” by Dr. Colin Gray, the anthology first considers the general question of “An American Way of War?” Sections on operational art, with writers addressing the issues in both conventional and small wars; stability and reconstruction; and intelligence complete the volume.

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The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Fragility

By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

downloadA black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.
 
Why do we not acknowledge the phenomenon of black swans until after they occur? Part of the answer, according to Taleb, is that humans are hardwired to learn specifics when they should be focused on generalities. We concentrate on things we already know and time and time again fail to take into consideration what we don’t know. We are, therefore, unable to truly estimate opportunities, too vulnerable to the impulse to simplify, narrate, and categorize, and not open enough to rewarding those who can imagine the “impossible.”
 
For years, Taleb has studied how we fool ourselves into thinking we know more than we actually do. We restrict our thinking to the irrelevant and inconsequential, while large events continue to surprise us and shape our world. In this revelatory book, Taleb explains everything we know about what we don’t know, and this second edition features a new philosophical and empirical essay, “On Robustness and Fragility,” which offers tools to navigate and exploit a Black Swan world.

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The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought

By Thomas S. Kuhn and James Bryant Conant

For scientist and layman alike this book provides vivid evidence that the Copernican Revolution has by no means lost its significance today. Few episodes in the development of scientific theory show so clearly how the solution to a highly technical problem can alter our basic thought processes and attitudes. Understanding the processes which underlay the Revolution gives us a perspective, in this scientific age, from which to evaluate our own beliefs more intelligently

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman

41shZGS-G+L._AA160_Drawing on decades of research in psychology that resulted in a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Daniel Kahneman takes readers on an exploration of what influences thought example by example, sometimes with unlikely word pairs like “vomit and banana.” System 1 and System 2, the fast and slow types of thinking, become characters that illustrate the psychology behind things we think we understand but really don’t, such as intuition. Kahneman’s transparent and careful treatment of his subject has the potential to change how we think, not just about thinking, but about how we live our lives. Thinking, Fast and Slow gives deep–and sometimes frightening–insight about what goes on inside our heads: the psychological basis for reactions, judgments, recognition, choices, conclusions, and much more.

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Thinking In Time: The Uses Of History For Decision Makers

By Richard E. Neustadt

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