Dynagrams and other tools for dialogical thinking: 5 books for brain and concentration {review}

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Dynagrams are dynamic thinking aids that succeed in visualizing topics in a few steps and creating clarity. 5 books for better thinking and focusing.

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Dynagrams - thinking in stereo

The title of the book “Dynagrams” may be misleading at first. This is not (only) about business diagrams. The book is based on the conviction that we will only then really exploit our intellectual potential.

To do this, as many areas of our brain as possible must be active while thinking and working. The goal is to find new insights, ideas or solutions and make them visible. For yourself or in the group.

Exploit the spiritual potential

Specifically, this means that drawing and talking are combined in Dynagrams. Only then does it come to thinking in stereo, as the authors call it. Finding new ways together, discussing a problem or exploring opportunities:

The drawing, listening and speaking makes sure that several areas of the brain work simultaneously. New ideas and points of view develop. And this process is stimulated by the diagrams above.

Complex issues - manageable and arguable

The diagrams show the facts for all participants. Drawing also contributes positively to the culture of conversation. Instead of directly criticizing the standpoint of the other, the elements of the diagram can be referred to. Together, it is then improved.

The use of the diagrams is shown in the main part of the book in the form of case studies in practical use. Well-founded and stimulating is even reported on known forms such as a matrix. The reader also sees lesser-known types such as the Venn, Canvas or Mintzberg diagram in practical use. The book could become an absolute insider tip. The reader learns how to properly exploit a variety of partially unrecognized chart shapes to exploit their potential in creative development or problem solving.

Happiness and success thanks to Limbi

The new book by bestselling author Werner Tiki Coast Maker (Simplify your life) is here: “Limbi - The path to happiness leads through the brain” deals with questions such as: Why does the couch turn into a magnet when we just wanted to jog? Why can't the to-do list just be our friend? The author found the answer to this in “Limbi” our limbic system.

First off the good news: Knowing how Limbi is ticking loses the couch (a bit) from her strong magnetic appeal, and the to-do list can still become a friend. Küstenmacher's book offers an entertaining journey through the neuropsychological depths of life and with specific instructions for a limb-friendly life in the river with ourselves.

Drive- and emotion-driven

Bestselling author, caricaturist and business professional Werner Tiki Coastmaker goes with his book “Limbi” in search of the ultimate formula of happiness and finds it in the brain.

It is present in every person from birth - we are talking about the limbic system. The part of the brain that controls emotions and drive behavior that "works fantastically nimble but judges only sluggishly".

Luck formula in the brain

In short: The part in the head, which decides in seconds fractions about what pleases and what looks disgusting. To be able to counteract this, if necessary, is the basis of the formula of fortune according to the co-ordinator.

The author does not have a neurological treatise in the Sense, On the contrary: He is concerned with an easily consumable practical guide that shows in almost all situations how emotions control our behavior, influence thoughts and feelings and how the seemingly rigid construct of stimulus and reaction can be interrupted.

Limbi leads through the book (and life)

For this he sends Limbi into the field, a cute little cartoon that symbolizes its very own emotions and also the inner bastard. Limbi is the protagonist of the book, which the reader sometimes meets as a partner on his own side, sometimes as an opponent.

Coast maker quickly makes it clear that Limbi always has his fingers in the game, 24 hours a day. No matter if it's career, dieting, love, friendships, learning or sleeping - secretly the inner voice always speaks up.

Not always the best guide

And not always is the soft appeal from the subconscious mind the best guide. The author explains how to unmask Limbi, de-value it if necessary, or completely unlink it.

For example, when overeating: simply the “I-contract-what-impulse (= Limbi) that“ fills-how-many-plates-what-I-have-eaten-insight ”(= rational view of the cerebral cortex ) and see how it ends.

Love: back to memory

Limbi is by no means just a hedonistic tormentor. In love, he plays all his talents. For example, when it comes to rekindle the fallen passion. And recommends: Back to the memory, back to the places, to the music or movies that made the hearts beat faster. It is very likely that the passion will come up again (probably a bit smaller). Because Limbi has a damn good memory.

Conclusion: Neurology and happiness research in a double pack: Rarely has it been so much fun to deal with your own subconscious mind. Coast Maker transforms the mysterious limbic system into your best friend Limbi, who is available to you or disappears whenever you do not need it.

Concentration ability as key qualification

A cellphone is constantly ringing, reaching us 3 eMails all at once and Whatsapp is also no rest - who is going to get a successful presentation? In his new book “Concentration” Marco von Münchhausen shows how, even today, it is possible to concentrate on the point despite all the demands and distractions with which we are confronted.

The ability to concentrate, writes Marco von Münchhausen, is an important key qualification in the modern world of work, in fact it is “the crucial raw material of the 21st century”. It is all the worse that we are losing this ability more and more. Concentration has become an "increasingly rare state of emergency" for all of us.

Munchausen is certain that we live “in a world hostile to concentration”. Example workplace: Science has found that we are interrupted on average every XNUMX minutes in our work - by phone calls, colleagues, eMails.

Multitasking is part of the problem

This is not without its consequences: around 80 percent of employees are no longer able to concentrate on just one task. Multitasking is not, as some believe, part of the solution, but part of the problem.

Multitasking is an illusion, says von Münchhausen. Because the attempt to work simultaneously on several construction sites damages the ability to concentrate. The stress that most of us are in a professional life is also detrimental to our ability to concentrate:

Diffusion is the natural enemy of concentration

"In stress, the brain works at frequencies that are hostile to concentration," writes von Münchhausen. But that's not all: our own distractions add to the external disturbances.

Fast in between the eMails check what's new at Facebook, I am sure that something has happened in my WhatsApp group as well, just call home quickly to see whether the expected package has finally arrived or just let your thoughts off the leash and dream ...

An important book on an underestimated subject

Conclude, says von Münchhausen. The good news is: the ability to concentrate can be trained, just as a muscle can be trained. For example through meditation, through mindfulness training or simply through concentrated doing.

In addition, von Münchhausen gives numerous tips and recommendations on how to avoid or at least keep interference from outside. And last but not least, we receive clear instructions on how we should deal with our “electronic toys” (smartphone, tablet computer etc.).

“Concentration” by Marco von Münchhausen is a good and easy to understand book on an important and often neglected topic. It reminds us that excellence, but also the joy of doing without the ability to focus on the point, is not possible. And von Münchhausen shows us how we can easily regain and train this ability.

Schuster, do not stick to your last

Sometimes it's the little pats that steer you in a different (and hopefully better) direction. A small book full of such nudges (for career, professional and personal advancement) is now available from one of the world's most influential leadership experts. A suggestion to think, to come up with new ideas and to implement them.

The most important tool in the world is between our ears. For the brain is the place where the world is changed. In the big and small. The individual destiny is ultimately a result of what goes on the nearly six million kilometers of nerve tracts.

And because, as the neuroscientists today know, the brain adapts to its use, it makes sense to use the brain productively. Without going into the scientific background, John C. Maxwell has now written a guide to thinking differently. Namely, as successful people think.

Thinking is work

"Thinking differently is difficult," Maxwell writes, clearing the beginning of his little book on thinking with a widespread prejudice. Because “I thought of something great” or “I have a great idea” has nothing to do with thinking.

Because thinking is work. Something to take your time for. Something to practice and train. And it's not about brain fitness and logic puzzles, but about thinking as activity. To chew on a thing from beginning to end. And then implement. For those who stew in their own juice, Maxwell gives interesting and good impulses to free themselves.

Result-oriented thinking: wings with landscaping

In eleven short chapters, Maxwell addresses thinking methods and techniques. They lead to a different, constructive view of problem situations. And they spur people to leave the pens of thought and existence. His focus is always on the balance between “out-of-the-box thinking” and implementation.

Because ideas alone are of no value as long as they are not so well thought out that they can be implemented. "Big ideas don't just need wings, they also need flaps," Maxwell rightly writes. Therefore, next to “creative thinking” there is “possibility-oriented thinking”, next to “unselfish thinking” there is “result-oriented thinking”.

Once through the brain turns durchkärchern

“This is how successful people think” always comes to the point, is professionally written, in a nutshell and therefore easy to read. Clear that there is also a lot here that you already know (or think you know). For example, that it is important to set goals (Chapter 2).

But Maxwell is also not originality. But for effectiveness. And you just can not preach the basics too often. Conclusion: A small, fast-to-read book full of impulses. And a nice ad for an incredibly unspectacular but incredibly effective activity: thinking.

Subtitles for fast readers

No matter what the future of the book looks like, we read more and more. All the more important to “optimize” this old cultural technique. This works out! I read Sweden's Göran Askeljung's quick read book very slowly and checked the method. Bingo!

Starting point for Askeljung's technique: The Swedes learn to read quickly from an early age. Because TV programs in Sweden are mostly original with subtitles. Even the little Swedes learn how to quickly grasp the essence of a sentence. Askeljung has now “deciphered” this technique and has successfully learned it. In his book he describes how to do it.

Everyone spends an average of 4,7 hours reading

Gosh! Göran Askeljung sends you back to school in his book “BrainRead” to teach you to read (again) - but this time correctly. That means: grasping texts and correlations quicker and also easier to remember - according to the Swedish teaching method.

Do not you need? However, even if you, like the average European employee - spend around 4,7 hours (!) Reading each day. Newspapers, books, eMails, websites, leaflets and advertisements - all of this can work your brain up much faster if you train it. Result: You are saving 2 hours, which you can spend with other things (or other texts).

To read quickly is to capture the essentials

Askeljung systematically trains you for faster reading comprehension. The goal: You can record up to 400 words per minute and still understand about 90 percent of the content.

More is also not necessary to grasp the essence of a text. How it works? They will read in future word groups, no more letter for letter.

The detalis is NOT important

In addition, you resist the temptation to jump back with the eye into the previous line or to speak softly. Also at the risk that some details will be hidden. Do not worry.

"From a large pond full of thick fish, you only fish those that you like best at the moment: those you need to make a decision or to continue working on your project."

Scan and filter

This does not happen overnight, but with practice and a system. Askeljung has the appropriate tips (“scan”, “filter”) that will make you a quick reader in a few weeks. You can check your continuous progress in numerous small tests.

Conclusion: “Brainread” is a really good and very useful book for everyone who has to read and process a lot of texts professionally. The tips are easy to implement and work amazingly quickly.

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