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"If you want to go places you've never been before-you have to think in ways you've never thought before. This book will teach you how!"―Ken Blanchard, coauthor of 'The One Minute Manager' and 'Whale Done!' on Thinking For A Change

"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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John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Often called America's #1 leadership authority, Maxwell was Identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. And he has been voted the top leadership professional six years in a row on LeadershipGurus.net. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 180 countries. Each year Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world's top business leaders. He can be followed at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information about him visit JohnMaxwell.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599951681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599951683
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 4.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"How Successful People Think" by John Maxwell is a great little book and a timely read, particularly in a day where media and others encourage us to follow our feelings almost to the exclusion of thinking.

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!
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In today's competitive global marketplace, to win we must outwit, out maneuver and out think the competition. The world changes daily and new thinking is critical to success in both one's personal and professional life. Dr. Maxwell reminds us of a statement made by Albert Einstein, "Thinking is hard work; that's why so few do it."

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!
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Format: Paperback
John C. Maxwell's book titled How Successful People Think Workbook has altered my life path for the better, opened up new possibilities for me, and provided new ways to organize thought processes--all after a 1 ½ day read of the entire book's content!

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.
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Per page xx, for good thinking, one needs the following eleven thinking pieces/skills to become the kind of person who can achieve great things, including:

- Seeing the wisdom of Big Picture Thinking
- Unleshing the potnetial of Focused Thinking
- Discovering the joy of Creative Thinking
- Recognizing the importance of Realistic Thinking
- Releasing the power of Strategic Thinking
- Feeling the energy of Possibilty Thinking
- Embracing hte lessons of Reflective Thinking
- Questioning the acceptance of Popular Thinking
- Encouraging the participation of Shared Thinking
- Experiencing the satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking
- Enjoying the return of Bottom Line Thinking

Whilst I appreciate the author's excellent writing and quote picking skills, I cannot tell a clear differentiation of individual skills/chapters. I do remember those key terms like strategic, reflective, bottom line and so on. Yet, I forgot what I had read real fast and that makes me wonder how high its practical value can be. Definitely a good short cut and/or gift for those who seldom read books on leadership and thinking, For heavy self help book readers, I suggest you to give this a pass.

p.s. Below please find some favorite passages/quotes of mine for your reference.
A person who knows how may always have a job, but the person who knows why will always be his boss. Pgix
What luck for rulers that men do not think. – Adolf Hitler pgix
I can give you a six word formula for success. Think things through – then follow through. –Eddie Rickenbacker pgxiii
Think like a man of action. Act like a man of thought. – Henri Louis Bergson, Nobel Laureate pgxix
A conclusion is the place where you get tired of thinking.
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