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Change the Way You See Everything through Asset-Based Thinking Hardcover – March 1, 2006
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Though the content may not be groundbreaking (it distills down to the old refrain, "accentuate the positive"), the photo-heavy and text-light format of Cramer's and Wasiak's discourse on fostering life- and business-improving habits and worldviews strips the hyperbole and fluff common to many self-improvement books, presenting the essentials in an innovative way. Short enough to read on a truncated lunch break (the authors estimate 45 minutes cover-to-cover) and looking not unlike a slick Powerpoint presentation, the book walks readers through the how's and why's of thinking positive ("it leads directly to the thrill of victory"; "you feel more motivated and energetic") and includes the obligatory success stories, though these are glitzier than most-musician Moby and actress Sonia Manzano among them. Bullet-point lists and brief explications of the virtues of asset-based thinking (or, ABT as it's referred to in the book) are presented alongside illustrative photographs, so the photo of an executive-looking gentleman baiting a Holstein with a red flag accompanies the section on conflict management; a pair of socks appear next to "Knock Somebody's Socks Off." Though some exercises cross into the absurd (one suggests readers "drive the 'wrong way' to work so that it takes twice as long. Find out what you appreciate about the new route"), this breezy read is the go-to title for readers seeking an attitude realignment.
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The presentation of concepts is clear, simple and straightforward. It breaks down into categories of: How you see yourself; How you see others; and How you see Situations. The main concept promoted is to use Asset Based thinking as oppossed to Deficit Based thinking (which parallels many concepts of positive psychology)
The chapters and concepts are enhanced with thought provoking visual pictures,interesting charts, some personal stories, and great graphics. This presentation makes it easy to read, and even useful if you want to use material for lectures or classes.
For a rigorous clinician or coach, the exercises they recommend throughout the book are not especially powerful or unique. In addition, they make very few references to psychological studies to support claims about the effectiveness of Asset Based Thinking.
This book will literally change the way you see everything. Based on the concept of asset-based vs. deficit-based thinking, the authors look at the way we see ourselves, the way we see others, and the way we see our world. They turn everything upside down. For people who want to stretch, grow and move out of the proverbial box, this book is a must read.