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In this primer on the problem-solving power of "integrative thinking," Martin draws on more than 50 management success stories, including the masterminds behind The Four Seasons, Proctor & Gamble and eBay, to demonstrate how, like the opposable thumb, the "opposable mind"-Martin's term for the human brain's ability "to hold two conflicting ideas in constructive tension"-is an intellectually advantageous evolutionary leap through which decision-makers can synthesize "new and superior ideas." Using this strategy, Martin focuses on what leaders think, rather than what they do. Among anecdotes and examples steering readers to change their thinking about thinking, Martin gives readers specific strategies for understanding their own "personal knowledge system" (by parsing inherent qualities of "stance," "tools" and "experience"), as well as for taking advantage of the "richest source of new insight into a problem," the "opposing model." Each of the eight chapters is well organized, making for a clear and cumulative read. Part inspiration, part logic lesson, this title will provide fresh perspective for anyone prepared to dust off her thinking cap.
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Roger Martin is dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a professor of strategic management at Rotman.
The Integrative Thinking approach worked especially well with my Grade 11 Computer Science classes. The solutions that the students generated were spectacular, which made the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kevin Olds
I first got this book from my local library branch and then realized I need to have it in my personal library.Published on July 10 2013 by Najamuddin Mohammed