I have shown my crib-writing skills in many posts in this blog. e.g. study skills summaries.
If you believe cheat sheets are good for only school boys and job-seekers, think again. Here, I give just a few hints:
- "Nothing is more practical than a good theory"
- Economists, policy makers, scientists, researchers, Systems
Architects, anyone who has to do with abstraction, need them. Actually the term "mental model" is another word for "cheat sheet".
- IBM, Cisco, Honeywell, P&G CEOs, Japanese Prime Ministers, Marine Corps officers, Mc Kinsey partners, managers, anyone who needs to lead a decentralized organization, need them. Quite often, the cheat sheets are even further distilled into "mantras," and slogans.
- Most importantly, the cheat sheets show you the gaps in your thinking.
- They also help you find connections, linking this to that.
If you don't write your own cheat sheets, you just rob yourself of a good opportunity to train your mind. Write your very own sheets. Don't rely on others' sheets.