• Thinking in Systems and Mental Models

  • Think like a Super Thinker. Primer to Learn the Art of Making a Great Decision and Solving Complex Problems. Chaos Theory, Science of Thinking for Social Change
  • By: Marcus P. Dawson
  • Narrated by: Jacob Garibay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Do you want to understand the roles of thinking in systems and how they affect, hinder, or aid in fulfilling your life? Do you want to increase your thinking skills and build effective mental models?

Without a broad view of interconnectedness, our problem-solving skills are limited and short-sighted, and our abilities to make long-term, beneficial decisions are hampered. If we don’t acknowledge our interdependence's complexity, then we are doomed to replicate a system that will ultimately fail. Just as every node on a network contributes to the final result, every action of a member of a particular organizational system contributes to the outcome.

The human mind expects events and describes fundamentals by building small-scale models of the real world. A mental model is a way we represent and understand an event, phenomenon, or system compactly.

In this audiobook, you will learn:

  • The key concepts of systems thinking
  • A step-by-step method to solve any problem
  • Tips to improve your decision-making process
  • The role of Chaos Theory in systems thinking
  • What is wrong with your current way of thinking and how you can improve it
  • Strategies for developing habits, mental toughness, and resilience to combat mental clutter
  • Forty mental models that you can use in your daily life
  • How to expand your set of mental models, create new ones, and use them effectively
  • And much more!

Systems thinking provides a framework for defining and solving problems. Awareness of our interconnectedness is key to solving the biggest and most complex problems we face in contemporary society. 

You will be astonished how you start seeing the world in a different light the moment you expose yourself to a new mental model. There is no end to the number of mental models that exist on earth, and you will learn about so many of them in this audiobook. 

Ready to get started? But don't think too much about it. Listen to Thinking in Systems and Mental Models right now!

©2020 Marcus P. Dawson (P)2021 Marcus P. Dawson

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Strategies that work

I must say that I have started to live a great experience thanks to this material, my mind has gradually adopted very profitable ways of thinking, and that undoubtedly has brought multiple benefits to my daily life. Thank you so much!

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  • DG
  • 01-26-22

Good Content Challenging Narration

I struggled through this one. there are definite gems in here however the structuring in some areas seemed overly academic to me and hence made it a little challenging to stay engaged. That was not the most glaring issue for me, the narrator and narration were by far more difficult for me.
The narrator has a 'heavy' tongue (I myself have that issue) and this makes enunciation a tad muffled at times. furthermore some words are completely omitted so I had to replay the audio a number of times before getting the full context of a lesson.
I feel this might be a better book than it is an audio book. There are also other authors in this space with similar content but delivered in less academic ways. I don't think it's fair to list them here but a simple genre search should surface them.
Good work by the team, however not the best fit for me specifically.
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DG

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I feel sorry for the narrator

The narrator seems to be ill equipped to deliver this material. He sounds profoundly bored with the material. This makes the dry content even harder to consume.
Other than that it had some interesting ideas. I found it quite scattered conceptually.

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Now everything is possible..

The topic about mental models, systems thinking, and other similar ones, seemed very uninteresting to me, but that was really due to the fact that I had never had the opportunity to listen very well about them. Until this book showed it to me in the best way..

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Understanding the why of things

Why do we make bad decisions? That was one of the questions that invaded my head the most, and when I was able to experience the beautiful feeling at the moment I started to hear the answers, I felt much more relieved. I will always be grateful for this.

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Not sure if its just me, but the narrator’s style of reading/delivery makes this difficult to listen to. This is already a abstract concept, so a boring reader made it hard to follow.

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Mental Toughness

With the chapter on Mental Toughness and Tenacity, I gained undeniable strength, which has taken me to levels I considered impossible to reach.

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getting real focus

being always totally focused on the goal, on the process to get there, is not something simple, but this material has helped me to put into practice many strategies to maintain, no matter what, that focus that I need to have always.

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renewing my current mindset

My mind has been much better, it has been very open to changes, which I have been able to learn about from this book, and then successfully adopt to enjoy its benefits. This time has been a great blessing for my life :)

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A very well explained manual

This whole book has been filled with a lot of valuable information for me, what I liked the most was how well the author explained each topic. Thank you very much. Thank you!

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  • VPapachR
  • 10-01-21

Disappointed

Narrator's voice was like a robot. Sometimes I was struggling to not throwing my mobile in the bin. In some chapters it was like alexa but with a male "strong" voice without though any up or down in pitch...a monotonous thing. Sorry Jacob I am not a fan mate... The book was not at all interesting for me, nothing that I haven't heard before. I didn't like it at all. I suppose I can have a refund for my wasted money, can I ???