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About the Author

Nancy created and pioneered the development of The Thinking Environment and is Founder and President of Time To Think. A published author and public speaker, she also teaches Time To Think courses, leads the Time To Think Faculty and delivers keynote presentations around the world.

Time To Think began in 1984 and grew out of Nancy's consulting and teaching work near Washington, DC, where she had served as a Founding Director of The Thornton Friends School for twelve years and as Director of The Leadership Institute for six years. She is a Fellow of Ashridge Management College, UK, and the International Listening Association's Listener of the Year 2010.

Nancy was born and raised in New Mexico and lives in England with her husband, Christopher Spence.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (June 23, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0706377451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0706377453
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was given Nancy's book a few years ago by a good friend, and immediately upon reading it, I knew it would change my life. Since then, its value has continued to soar in my work and my life.

I'm an attorney and CFP, and I teach financial advisors and attorneys how to work with their clients as whole people, not just a pile of assets or a set of legal issues. Time to Think is required reading in all our programs at SunBridge, and has done more than any other thing I've given my professional colleagues to help them learn how to find the best answers for their clients--by listening with resspect and attention, and creating an environment in which the clients can do their best thinking.

My recommendation is that while you're ordering a copy for yourself, you order a few extras, because you're going to want to give a copy to all your friends, it's that good. This is absolutely a must read!
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I was part of a group who used Kline's method; the Listening Environment. I ordered the book that day. I'm an Alzhiemer coach and felt it would benefit my listening to those with Alzheimer's. It does. The book is clearly written and with compassion. I would recommend this book for anyone seeking to improve relationship with their family member, friend or professional partner/client.
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A friend of mine shared this book with me and I've bought and gifted ten more as the points in this book are invaluable to anyone in business. The principles outlined by Ms. Kline are powerful and the suggestions she gives for putting the principles to work are easy to implement and immediately effective. I highly recommend this book.
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This is the best book on listening I have ever read. Taking Nancy's coaching to just learn to listen longer has made a positve difference in my coaching and management of direct reports. Also, "knowing you will have your turn" to speak really does improve the quality of everyone's listening in meetings. I have been recommending this book to friends and colleagues since I first read it in 1998. Having read it recently again I can attest to it's profound revelance today.
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This book was recommended to me by a coworker as a strategy in business, but it has transformed the way I interact with everyone. Time to Think reminds us that silence is not nothingness, and that inside everyone's mind is information of incredible value. Whether for business, personal relationships, or personal growth, this is not one to miss!
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Nancy's book is interesting for sure, with good recommendations for active listening and use of silence - among other things.
Nevertheless, her examples are a bit weak, she makes little reference to research nor to useful practical cases.
On top, page 35 'check list' to create a good thinking environment summarizes it all: is seems to me that the book could be complete in just 100 pages (vs 256 in this copy), main message being 'diluted' somehow.
Finally, interesting and giving a few tips, but no more than this.
Thomas, Toulouse, France
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Nancy Kline presents an entirely new way of communicating and problem solving. Her insights and research provide a new understanding as to how to listen with quality to others, and produce solutions faster and more effectively than we ever imagined. What's even better is how incredibly gentle, respectful, and non-intrusive this method is. It gives a relaxed dignity to every interaction, and produces amazing results. A must-read! Especially for those in leadership or education.
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"Listening to Ignite the Human Mind" was very thought-provoking. It taught me how to be a better person, a better listener, and a more effective leader. The techniques in this book will make EVERY business and person more successful!
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