The Seventh Sense: How Flashes of Insight Change Your Life

The Seventh Sense: How Flashes of Insight Change Your Life

by William Duggan , Ph.D.


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Flashes of insight—the "Eureka!" moments that produce new and useful ideas in a single thought—are behind some of the world's most creative and practical innovations. This book shows how to cultivate more and better flashes of insight by harnessing the science and practice of the "seventh sense."

Drawing from psychology, neuroscience, Asian philosophy, and military strategy, William Duggan illustrates the power of the seventh sense to help readers aspire to and achieve more in their personal and professional lives. His examples include Gandhi, Joan of Arc, Starbucks founder Howard Shultz, and executives and students he has taught in his classes. His book presents specific steps in the form of three practical tools to help prepare the mind, see and seize opportunity, and follow through on one's resolution. Based on Duggan's perennially popular Columbia Business School course, this book teaches the mental skills and discipline that power the seventh sense.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231169066
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 05/19/2015
Series: Columbia Business School Publishing
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William Duggan is on the faculty of Columbia Business School, where he teaches the seventh sense in graduate and executive courses. He has given talks and workshops on the seventh sense to thousands of executives from companies in countries around the world. He is the author of Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement (Columbia, 2007), which was named Best Strategy Book of the Year by Strategy+Business, and Creative Strategy: A Handbook for Innovation (Columbia, 2012).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Ideas for Life
2. Find your Dream: An Italian Epiphany  
3. Examples from History: Indian Men and English Women
4. Presence of Mind: City of Light  
5. Flash of Insight: Magical Science
6. Resolution: The Art of Passion
7. Free Your Mind: From Stress to Strategy  
8. Personal Strategy Map: In Search of Passion
9. Idea Networking: In Search of Opportunity  
10. Conclusion: Your Seventh Sense
Appendix A: Seventh Sense Toolkit
Appendix B: Personal Strategy Maps

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