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Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work Hardcover – March 25, 2003
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Basing his latest book on the theory that "successful people think differently than unsuccessful people," Maxwell (author of bestselling The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and Running with the Giants) guides readers on the journey of mastering "good thinking" to achieve their personal and professional potential. Maintaining an encouraging tone and a down-to-earth writing style honed from his more than 30 previous titles, Maxwell details the impact and practical value of 11 kinds of thinking, including reflective, shared, creative, unselfish and big-picture. Useful tips, like how to discover your gifts through focused thinking, ways to break down complex issues with strategic thinking, and how to understand the value of examining the worst-case scenario through realistic thinking, characterize the author's surprisingly concrete lessons. The step-by-step format is bolstered by inspirational quotes, personal insights and high-profile anecdotal evidence about the likes of Priscilla Presley, George Lucas and George Washington Carver. Ending each chapter, emphasizing the discipline needed to think your way to the top, are exercises designed to evaluate and increase your personal progress in each area.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"In this important book, John Maxwell will teach you how to think in a way that will keep you ahead in these turbulent times and create exciting new opportunities and possibilities." --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top customer reviews
I see everything through a different filter,now. It also takes the I can't into I can be a team player off the bench when the game changes. If you are a skilled business person, failing in some areas you lack understanding why in, you may find your self in here in the shadows of context. As always a good read to reread. I rebought this for my 30 something son, newly a entrepreneur . He's enjoying it immensely.
List strengths of book.
The book is easy to read. Maxwell uses many quotes, stories, and examples to help illustrate his points. I certainly agreed with Maxwell's premise that most people do not think very well. The brief exercises at the end of each chapter are helpful to make clear and simple application to the life of the reader.
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I felt like the material that was presented was way more than anyone person could ever apply to their lives, however I believe if a reader could apply even a portion of the material it would certainly be helpful. I also felt like Maxwell gives the appearance that changing the way you think is an easy matter, while I believe it is a much more complicated process.