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Decoding Potential: The Science of Achievement: Pathways to Understanding Paperback – August 1, 2006

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  • Series: Decoding Potential (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Gilchrist Institute; 2nd Edition/Revised edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975050109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975050101
  • ASIN: 097595010X
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,490,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
As I read Decoding Potential by Dr. Robert J. Flower, I realized that my first response was an internal, "At Last!" Then I began to "Yes . . . But..." This was followed closely by my ongoing internal response related to my own long-term administrative career formulated against what was being said. Dr. Flower has answers that are badly needed in today's world. It is this reviewer's hope that he is successful in finding acceptance and methods by which his revolutionary system can become the "norm" for both the individual and our country's organizations.

The first book provides an in-depth comparative analysis of present and past-day thinking on Potential together with a definition and overview of what he defines as our innate natural thinking and intelligences (NATI) which provides the pathways to understanding.

From the first page in the Introduction, with the question, "When you die, God will ask just one question: `What did you do with what I gave you?'" Dr. Flower challenges us to think in new ways. He points out that we have not even begun to grasp the notion of "unlimited potential."

In the traditional sense of academic study, the "problem" is quickly defined. For whatever reasons, members of today's society use shortcuts and bypass the rules; that is, they fall out of their state of natural goodness and virtue and into a state of non-compliance and duplicity, inventing their own standards of value. We've all seen that order breaks down, chaos reigns and there is, in general, a real and dangerous "disconnection" between various members of society. Further, "people make rules but then position themselves so that the rules do not apply to them." (p. 18).

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
In "Decoding Potential: Pathways To Understanding, Robert J. Flower has provided unusually insightful and occasionally non-intuitive responses to the stresses that we are all subject to in this so-called "modern" world. More than just offering the reader a litany of social and personal problems, Flower has devised practical, effective, holistic, and thoroughly "user friendly" methods by which a rather revolutionary system for self-help and self-improvement can be realized on a personal, organizational, community, and even national basis. Decoding Potential offers an in-depth cognitive and comparative analysis of what is meant by "potential", along with a definition and an overview human innate natural thinking processes and biologically based discernable intelligences by which we can come to a new and quite promising understanding of ourselves, our relationships, and our world. Flower has developed a basic matrix of what he has termed "thirteen intelligences", based upon meticulous research enhanced with accessible illustrations and examples. Scholarly, erudite, thoughtful and thought-provoking, Decoding Potential is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to the self-help study lists of non-specialist general readers, as well as an intellectually stimulating contribution to academic discussions, and socio- psychological collegiate library reference collections.
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