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Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think Paperback – September 14, 2016
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In the best sense of the word, this is popularization of the obvious, of the space between things, of seeing things you've always seen but never seen and pulling them into your own personal library, for getting through the morass, the flotsam and jetsam of all the stuff that s around us. --Richard Saul Wurman, founder, TED conference, and author of Information Anxiety
Liminal Thinking is a book about how to be mentally healthy, how to be present, and how to be a positive force in the world. But more simply, and more importantly, it's a book about how to be. --Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
In a time of increasing complexity and change, Dave Gray's Liminal Thinking provides a much needed blueprint to help us clarify our own thinking, make connections with others, and communicate powerfully our ideas in a way that is both deeply human and profoundly impactful. --Lisa Kay Solomon, co-author, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate Change
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Dave Gray is the founder of XPLANE, the visual thinking company, a consultancy focused on increasing clarity, understanding and alignment in organizations. His first book, Gamestorming, has sold more than 100,000 copies and has been translated into 16 languages.
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"Life is complicated. There are no quick answers to your biggest problems. How are we to make any progress? Train your brain, and become a mental gymnast! Let Dave Gray and Liminal Thinking be your guide."
There are so many great ideas in this book, so many exercises Gray will send you through, so much wisdom ... just turning on your TV and watching the news for even five minutes will prove how much we need liminal thinking in our lives. Gray has penned an easy read that will have you challenging all that you believe about yourself and others. If you're a results-based thinker and doer, Liminal Thinking will help you up your game. On the other hand, if you're caught in a rut, in your self-sealing bubble and unable to break out, you absolutely need this book. It's the mirror you haven't yet gazed into.
p.s. Even my 12-yr-old is fascinated with Liminal Thinking (see photo)
First, I love Dave Gray (founder of xplane). He probably doesn’t know that and that’s fine. I have been able to observe him in person from a distance on two different occasions; I have seen a few of his videos. I’ve read his books, even his 2.0 book Marks and Meaning. I love him for the way he shows up, huge and humble. And smart.
So, when I read that he released a new book, Amazon had me. And when he mentioned that his source of inspiration and instruction was Cynthia Kurtz, her book, Working with Stories in Your Community or Organization, was delivered in the very same box. I opened the box today, giddy with my treasures.
Back to Dave. I read it in one sitting, but I’m not putting it back on the bookshelf yet. For me, Liminal Thinking reads as a lengthy, informed love letter. Not one of those about my eyes being limpid pools, but one in which the author wants the very best for me because I matter. Yup. He says that. To me. On page 143.
Liminal thinking means that you live on the edge of the possibility of change. Gray describeLove-letters Liminal Thinking as a core need because we each live in a world isolated by our beliefs. Those beliefs filter which facts and experience we pay attention to. Which then reinforce our beliefs. And to see more broadly and to embrace possibility, we need to examine our beliefs. If we want to connect with others, we need to understand their beliefs.
The book appears simple and approachable. There is a chapter for each of 6 principles. Principle 6 is the scariest; that the deepest beliefs reinforce our identity. See, I told you. Scary. “I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam.”
The second half of the book contains 9 Practices. The principles are clear; the practices are simply stated and, well, practical. For example, if you want to challenge a belief or test it to see if it’s true, act as if it’s not. Gray’s got stories of clear examples for everything he writes about.
I read the book with my “reinforcing belief bubble” on, that Dave Gray is very smart. I’ve still got that bubble. And now I’m sharing it with you.
And. . . last night I stopped my normal pattern when my husband and I began once again talking about how to draw retirement income and asked him about his belief bubble. And just like magic, we were deep in conversation, rather than arguing about who had the right idea. Like I said, practical.
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