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Thinking in 3_D
on May 30, 2015
The above two-word review was written by me in haste a couple of weeks ago. I immediately realized Paid to Think is a great book of extraordinary value. Jay Abraham featured it on his website and he wrote a Foreword to the book. But I also realized that I could not write a review that would do it justice to Paid to Think until I had finished reading it. Sounds like a simple task. It is not. Paid to Think has just over 700 pages! After an effort to digest its central theme and message in a brief read-through I realized I would never finish this book. Some books of remarkable depth and strength can never be finished. They will be revisited time after time, and they will never fail to reward the recurring visitations with fresh insights. David Goldsmith has created the “must have” leadership book for this day and this generation.
I feel compelled to give the prospective reader a few take-aways from David’s work. David’s principle concept, Enterprise Thinking (ET), makes the invisible visible. ET eliminates corporate siloed thinking. ET is a global leadership style of synergistic value. You cannot repair the past, you can only create the future. Perhaps the best take-away is the declaration delivered by David’s tae kwon do master coach when he awarded David his black belt: “Now you are beginner students. Now you will learn tae kwon do.” After 35 years of studying management theory I am able to understand what that master meant.
As Jay Abraham stated: “What Peter Drucker did for current management theory and practice, David Goldsmith has done for modern day leadership with Paid to Think". I would be remiss if I did not disclose the reason I revisited this review. Immediately after I posted my two-word effort I got an email from David. He wrote: “Thank you.” I thought, Here is a man who lives his truth.