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Change the Way You See Everything through Asset-Based Thinking Hardcover – March 1, 2006
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In the field of business writing, the concept & philosophy behind ABT (what I would term as perceptual sensitivity or acuity) was first broached by Edward de bono in the early 70's with his series of lateral thinking books, starting from the ground-breaking `Mechanism of Mind.' His former discipline, Michael Hewitt-Gleeson from Down Under went on to expand his former mentor's ideas by introducing the CVS2BVS equation in his book, `Software for Your Brain.' He even created a web-based School of Thinking to teach his stuff.
Many business consultants/authors have since then come out with their own insightful interpretations. They include, to name just a few, Joel Arthur Barker (`Future Edge'), Jerry Wind (`The Power of Impossible Thinking'), J Philip Kirby (`Thoughtware'), Moshe Rubinstein (`The Minding Organisation'), Mark Brown ('Dinosaur Strain'), & Luc de Brabandere (`The Forgotten Half of Change'). A few others even introduced some creative twists to the original concept, e.g. Wayne Burkan's "Wide Angle Vision' (or 'Splatter Vision')& George Day's `Peripheral Vision.'
Coming back to this book, I would like add that I actually enjoyed reading the inspiring stories of real people & also doing the workouts & reflections, some of which seem absurd to some readers. At the end of the book, the authors have provided some ABT cards which one can pull out & create laminated cards for sharing the ideas with others.Read more ›
"Change the Way You See" is no different. It has slick packaging, pretty pictures, thick glossy papers but it substantively offers nothing more than broad, sweeping generalizations, rehashed ideas, needlessly technical terminology, and obfuscated common sense. Is it brilliant and profound to write in letters on one empty page something like, "focus + distance?" Or is it an easy way to fill space in a $25 book?
Much like "The Secret," Change the Way's brilliantly "different" attitude boils down to positive thinking.
THINK POSITIVE. There, I saved you $25 and 45 minutes.
I have hundreds of books on management, motivation, self-development and business. One of the things I really liked about this book is it's wholistic approach to life and living.
It gives you the mentality that any problem can be looked at in a better light and as a result will produce favorable outcomes. One of the ideas it poses is about approaching problems. Instead of asking yourself Why do I have to deal with this now? You should ask, "How can this be the best problem I've had?"
If you honestly use and think about the ideas, they can give you more power and a positive attitude to tackle just about anything you're dealing with in life.
Of course that resonates with me. I have long believed that the greatest results can be achieved by focusing on strengths. I spend a lot of my time in self discovery. The more I know myself, the better I can focus on my strengths. I also spend a lot of time polishing my strengths. You know from this blog that I focus on efficiency and time management. I actually manage to get quite a bit done so might be fairly good at it but I still take the time to focus on it and study it.
"ABT is not blind optimism or magical thinking". "ABT puts the power of personal, interpersonal and situational assets in your hands so that you can make progress and create the future you desire".
Part of the theory is about reframing (one of my favourite techniques). Rather than say a situation is bad, rather look at what is good about it. In many cases this is as simple as changing the talk about it. Rather than "That's impossible" - "what is possible" or "how could it be possible".
The book includes a series of vignettes about people who use ABT. It also has some exercises. Even with these, it is a fast read.
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It came at the right moment. Inspiring, right to the point and doable. It opens the lens and the possibilities. Everything is inside. It flows inside out and not the other way.Published 8 months ago by Juan Lombana
I realy loved this one just like "Change the way you see yourself" it changed my way of thinking!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Highly recommended if you want to Change Everything you see!!! Great insights.Published 23 months ago by John Schardong
I like the positive way the book suggest to see life, it will make the world a lot better.Published 23 months ago by Eduardo Cobian Portilla
The upbeat inspirational content is highlighted by a beautiful book, great illustrations, and a great experience which suggests thoughtful time to consider its message.Published on January 7, 2014 by MN Dexter Fan
this is a great book. I would reccomend this book to anyone. its worth the price. I also got it for a few friendsPublished on April 15, 2013 by Ralph
Good book to help others see alternatives to living their lives in rigid patterns. Recommended by a client who has a great out-look on life after years of trying to control... Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Dawn Dunk