Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done
By Art Markman
Art Markman is a psychology professor here at UT and the director of our Human Dimensions of Organizations program. He's very smart and engaging, and that personality comes through in this very accessible, lifehacker-ish book. Think Dave Allen meets Lifehacker backed by deep research experience in cognitive psychology.
The book is aimed at a general audience, and contains a lot of useful advice. Smart thinking, Markman explains, is "the ability to solve new problems using your current knowledge." So Markman gives us plenty of advice and exercises on increasing mental agility, absorbing more information, single-tasking during multitasking (it turns out that I probably shouldn't check my email during meetings - who knew?), and maximizing one's memory. All of these are backed with research, although Markman keeps the citations light, and all are associated with solid exercises.
Smart Thinking is not itself a research book, nor is it meant to be. It's an afternoon read that is accessible to everyone, useful to everyone, and full of advice that can help readers improve their mental agility. Take a look.