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When Faster Harder Smarter Is Not Enough : Six Steps for Achieving What You Want In a Rapid-Fire World Paperback – September 16, 2002

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Cramer, a psychologist who works as a coach, consultant, and trainer, presents a six-step program employing analysis, creative thinking, and communication skills to proactively accomplish more. The book is filled with detailed charts, stories, and quotations of well-known people who explain the process and how to use it. Cramer believes that by approaching issues with creativity and a positive frame of mind, successful solutions can be achieved. Her points make interesting but not quick reading. Every step requires self-analysis and planning, and an action plan for overcoming obstacles, which asks readers to check "attitude" at the door and adopt a realistic perspective on themselves and their outlook. Good, practical guidance for those ready to make changes. Eileen Hardy
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Tap Into Your Creativity and Transform Your Life

For over 20 years, Dr. Kathryn Cramer has studied successful people who can reach their goals, even in the heat of high-stress environments. Her research and case studies reveal a remarkable, consistent process--available to everyone--that taps the inner strength and creativity needed to achieve long-term fulfillment while capitalizing on the demands, challenges, and debacles each day brings.

"Cramer's method allows us to transform everyday pressures and problems into opportunities for creativity, passion, and purpose."--Susan C. Vaughn, M.D., Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and author of Half Empty, Half Full

"A must-read for my colleagues who are not only challenged to the hilt, but also frantic, stretched and 'chased' in the face of our turbulent industry."--Wendy Leebov, Ed. D., Human Resources, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, and Founder, The Einstein Consulting Group

"Effective coaching on how to stop talking about the chaos and stress and how to do something effective about it!"--Arnold W. Donald, Chairman and CEO, Equal Sweetener

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071407626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071407625
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,391,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathryn D. Cramer, PhD, is passionate about possibilities and potential. She created and has dedicated her life to asset-based thinking (ABT), a way of looking at the world that helps leaders, influencers, and their teams make small shifts in thinking to produce extraordinary impact.

As a business consultant, she has worked with clients like DuPont, Prudential Real Estate, Starbucks, and Microsoft, as well as educational and nonprofit organizations. A psychologist, Kathy has written nine books, including the best-selling "Change the Way You See Everything." Her most recent book is "Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, and Do."

Kathy won an Emmy for her film Stress: A Personal Challenge, and was twice featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She believes in big thinking, the power of presence, and laughter as the great elixir. Learn more at

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What happens to enormously capable people when they are vastly overloaded with work? In too many cases, these individuals will focus all their energies on work, while building intense stress loads that reduce their effectiveness. The result is either failure to get the job done or eventual burnout. The personal lives of those involved are often left in total disarray in the process.
Dr. Cramer instead suggests that you step back and find a new solution that does not rely on working faster, harder and smarter. For example, ask yourself whether the task needs to be done at all. Often, the overwhelming task is a waste of time. A good example would be marketing programs that primarily bring in unprofitable customers.
In this interesting book, Dr. Cramer emphasizes ways to manage your psychological state that will help you step outside the day-to-day tasks to establish an effective strategy for accomplishing what you really want. When Faster, Harder, Smarter Is Not Enough is intended to be your coach and personal guide to "enlarge our capacity to be creative under fire." As a result, you will turn "stress into success" and be "energized rather than drained."
Her advice is supported by case histories from her executive coaching practice over 20 years, and exercises to help you build awareness and skills for being more creative. One of the most interesting ones is building a life map to see your patterns for getting into and out of overload situations. The book contains a continuing case history of a CEO who got out of touch with his real goals, and wanted to change. This example also shows the many ways that these methods can be employed throughout an organization.
She emphasizes 6 elements:
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Somebody once told me that when the clothes washer was invented, it freed up an enormous amount of time for women, who then did...more laundry! They ended up right back where they were, only with larger piles of clothes to wash.
These days we use our Palm Pilots and Day Planners and cell phones and multi-tasking skills to squeeze more productivity out of each day. And with each precious minute we save, we do...exactly the same things.
Now Dr. Cramer has come along to wake us up. Faster, harder, and smarter sometimes works in the short term, but for the long haul we need to rethink our whole agenda. Tackling the world's largest "to do" list is not really a life plan. Using Dr. Cramer's six steps, we can shape a compelling vision of what we want to achieve, so that everything we do fuels - and is fueled by - this greater purpose. Instead of faster, harder, and smarter, we learn to live richer, deeper, and wiser.
Dr. Cramer shows us how to recognize our deepest desires and how to tap into our greatest capabilities. By infusing our lives with meaning, we can let go of frustration and irrelevant tasks, and intead focus on what we need to do to achieve a future that will bring us joy and satisfaction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Grant on April 13, 2002
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This is the best book about self-improvement, group facilitation, and business that I have read in years, going all the way back to Covey's "7 Habits... Book."
Dr. Cramer exhibits unbridled optimism grounded by realism, and expects the same from those following her advice. The constant themes of creativity, resilience, and constructive growth over reactivity, despair, and corrective discipline make a lot of sense.
My only reason for not giving this 5 stars is I would have preferred a shorter book... though I am hard-pressed to recommend what should be cut. On that note, the book is very well-organized, and you can quickly find the main points and exercises if you wish.
I heartily recommend this to anyone facing insurmountable obstacles and not enough resources, especially someone in an organizational setting.
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