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Jump-start your problem-solving skills for a better business.

By Mark Henricks

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Want to feel dumb? Then just take a look at Retrain Your Business Brain (Dearborn,$19.95), and try one of the 101 problems inside. Donalee Markus,Lindsey Paige Markus and Pat Taylor designed these visual andverbal puzzles to force open new mental pathways. If pain leads togain, they've done it, because you'll feel as if your mindis being stretched, bent and twisted. It's like yoga for yourbrain.

The authors claim that leaders and employees who work their waythrough the book become better at solving business problems andspotting opportunities; they even promise to turn detail-orientedpeople into big-picture thinkers. They walk you through solutions,coaching you to color-code and label problem elements, createcategories and apply other problem-solving tools. By the finalchapter--in which you decipher an ancient Babylonian numberingsystem without the use of a decoder ring--you'll never approacha problem the same way again, whether it's unraveling a markettrend or trying to develop a new product.

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