Practical Intelligence: The Art and Science of Common Sense / Edition 1

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Learn How to Think More Clearly and Effectively

Karl Albrecht's bestselling book Social Intelligence showed us how dealing with people and social situations can determine success both at work and in life. In Practical Intelligence, Albrecht takes the next step and explains how practical intelligence qualifies as a key life skills and offers a conceptual structure for defining and describing common sense. Throughout Practical Intelligence, Albrecht shows how people with practical intelligence can employ language skills, make better decisions, think in terms of options and possibilities, embrace ambiguity and complexity, articulate problems clearly and work through to solutions, have original ideas, and influence the ideas of others.

Praise for Practical Intelligence

"Karl Albrecht has done an excellent job of integrating the many dimensions of practical intelligence into a coherent, sensible framework. This is an eminently practical book."—Daniel Pink, author, A Whole New Mind

"What could be more important than helping people, at every age and stage of life, learn to use their minds more successfully? Karl Albrecht has given us a terrific resource for doing just that. His four 'software upgrades' and four 'mega-skills' provide a wonderfully comprehensive framework for practical intelligence."—Dr. Sidney J. Parnes, co-developer with Alex Osborn of the Creative Education Foundation

"This brilliant, ebullient, and brainy book brings us new means to gray matter. At turns high-minded and hilarious, Practical Intelligence will remain the source book for many years of the best thinking about thinking well."
—Jean Houston, author, The Possible Human

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787995652
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,316,109
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.35 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

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    Everyone knows a few super-smart people who continually do super-stupid things. Sure, they can finish a Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle in less than 10 minutes, play and win three simultaneous chess games handily and multiply seven digit numbers faster than a calculator. But they also can¿t hold a job, are given to fulminating about bizarre pet causes (¿Restore the Carolingian Dynasty now!¿) and can¿t shut up about their ¿brilliant¿ ideas (¿You mean you didn¿t read my 427-page proof of Goldbach¿s conjecture yet?¿). What¿s going on? Well, if Karl Albrecht¿s ideas are right, IQ isn¿t the whole story of human intelligence. And it may not even be most of the story. Perhaps more important than raw IQ, particularly in today¿s world, is practical intelligence: the ability to use common-sense reasoning in a structured way to solve relevant problems. Fortunately, practical intelligence, like other mental skills, is not fixed at birth. How can you develop it? Start with this sensible book, which we recommend to anyone who wants to be not only smart but also effective.

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