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How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life Hardcover – June 1, 2009
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"Maintaining an encouraging tone and a down-to-earth writing style honed from his more than thirty previous titles, Maxwell details the impact and practical value of eleven kinds of thinking..."―Publishers Weekly on Thinking for a Change
"Masterful...Will change the way you think. I encourage you to buy it now."―James M. Kouzes, coauthor of 'The Leadership Challenge' on Thinking for a Change --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The book covers thinking in several areas:
1. Focused thinking.
2. Creative thinking.
3. Realistic thinking.
4. Strategic thinking.
5. Possibility thinking.
6. Reflective thinking.
7. Question Popular Thinking.
8. Shared thinking.
9. Unselfish thinking (get outside yourself!).
10. Bottom-Line thinking.
Each chapter is around 10 pages and usually contains the following that applies to the area of thinking being discussed:
1. Sayings by famous people.
2. Benefits of the particular type of thinking.
3. Principles to apply to improve your thinking in that area.
This is not one of those "touchy-feely" books designed to make you feel good about yourself. If that is what you are looking for, then do not bother to read.
Instead, if you want to improve your thinking in any of several areas, then this book is for you. The narrative flows freely and contains great information to inspire and challenge you.
Read, enjoy, and be challenged. Highly recommended!
What Dr. Maxwell does is show us how to make successful critical thinking a daily habit. That, of course, isn't going to happen just by reading this book. It is going to happen because one uses this book daily as a "hand book." It is the right size to easily keep with you in your computer case, keep on your desk and to grab and thumb through revisiting ideas and points on a consistent basis.
I bought a copy for every member of my team. We have been going over a chapter a week in our sales meetings. I recommend it for all sales professionals, managers, entrepreneurs...anyone who wants to up their game!
Maxwell, himself a sincere individual who once served as a pastor, provides and describes eleven delightful categories of thinkers: Big-Picture Thinker, Focused Thinker, Creative Thinker, Realistic Thinker, Strategic Thinker, Possibility Thinker, Reflective Thinker, Unpopular Thinking (in a good way), Shared Thinker, Unselfish Thinker, and Bottom-Line Thinker. His objective is to encourage the reader to develop all eleven areas of thinking to the reader's advantage.
Near the beginning of the book, Maxwell introduces a survey which helps to identify in what type of thinking the reader is either strong or weak. From there, each chapter delves into one particular area of thinking. The structure of the book is further broken down into a story or anecdote to illustrate the type of thinking, along with questions pertaining to the particular mode of thinking, ideas on how to become more like that particular thinker, the nature of that type of thinking, and so forth.
One of the more delightful characteristics of the book is how everything ties in nicely together. For instance, Maxwell posits that, although certain types of thinking may seem contradictory, such as Creative versus Realistic thinking, they can work well in tandem at different stages.
It should be stated that what I personally gained from spending a day and a half reading the entirety of the book is phenomenal.Read more ›
Presented as 42 parts over 3 audio CDs, each part lasts 4-5 minutes, and covers an introductory section (Why Change Thinking, and How to Become a Better Thinker) followed by the 11 thinking style chapters. Each `thinking' chapter then uses the same format (why do this kind of thinking, thereafter, how to do that of thinking), reminiscent of Tom Peter's `Essentials Series', with its lists of key points to think about, and remember. Such a format lends the listener (if not the reader ?) to require considerable concentration and note taking, but with easy replay/review as each part is relatively short.Read more ›
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This book is amazing, it tells you everything you need to know, it is indeed a must readPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was my first Maxwell book, and I really wanted to enjoy it. Unfortunately, it read like a collection of cliches and platitudes collected from across the known universe. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ryan Fleming
half the book is quotes from others. It has some good into, but hard for me to get through.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very engaging read on seeing things in a new light personally and professionally!Published 12 days ago by macduff5
This is a must read for anyone in a leadership position or ever hoping to be there. John Maxwell says it loud and clear.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Don
love the book! it is a VERY small book. It's likepocket book that can fit in the back of your jeans. I would have thought it would be a normal size hardback book. Read morePublished 22 days ago by AllyCat
I have been reading this book as part of a small book club with local business owners in my community. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Cory Gallagher