InsightsDarwin’s understanding of the way evolution actually works, Watson and Crick’s breakthrough about DNAcan change the world. But we also need insights into the things that frustrate and confuse us, so that we can become more effective at getting things done. Yet, we know very little about how insights are formed and what blocks them. Gary Klein, a leading psychologist and decision-making expert, unravels the mystery in a book that is at once sophisticated and fun to read.
Gary Klein is a keen observer of people in their natural settingsscientists, business-people, firefighters, police officers, soldiers, family members, friends, himselfand uses a marvelous variety of stories to illuminate his research. Readers will discover that insight is not just an “a-ha” moment or flash of illumination, but a new way of understanding that occurs under certain psychological and environmental conditions.
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About the Author
Gary Klein, Ph.D., a senior scientist at MacroCognition LLC, was instrumental in founding the field of naturalistic decision making. Dr. Klein received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969. He is the author of Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions, The Power of Intuition, Working Minds, and Streetlights and Shadows.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Klein is an observer of people in their natural settings and uses 120 stories drawn from long research from decades of research in his attempt to formalise what insight is, how it happens and how we put our mind to it in the world. Klein's work is relatable to today's society.
Do You See What I See? There's always new advice on how to foster creative environments, and this book gives you 120 examples! Author Gary Klein provides so many studies because he has found that insights come about in many different ways. He organizes this slightly overwhelming amount of information into the categories of connections, coincidences, curiosities, contradictions, and creative desperations. Crafty, isn't he? After explaining how combinations of these insightful encounters develop good ideas, he moves on to describe common obstacles that interfere with insghts. This section brought immediately to mind the discoveries in group dynamics that the Synectics group made in the 60, particularly the Discount Revenge Cycle, which occurs when people are not careful in responding to another's "wacky" idea. This Practice of Creativity is one of my favorite books for its detailed approach to unifying collective intelligence into fresh ideas in a similar way to the "positive psychology" movement that Klein incorporates in his book. Overall, this is an interesting and well-written book that I recommend to managers and general audiences alike.
This book was terrible!!!! Basically it was like oh there are five different ways that insights appear out of nowhere and insights happen under these specific circumstances. The author tried to make this book insightful by compiling some stories of how people's insights gained their success. Anyone who is interested in this topic can easily figure out what Klein mentioned in the book in less than a week. This book is not insightful at all!!!! Super boring and repetitive.