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Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind Paperback – June 23, 2015
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From the Publisher
Meet Nancy Kline - founder and president of the Time To Think organisation
Nancy has spent 35 years developing her ideas on ‘independent thinking’ into the ground-breaking system the Thinking Environment, a process that works for individuals, groups and organizations to help them achieve their goals with a refreshed outlook.
Time To Think began in 1984 and grew out of Nancy's consulting and teaching work near Washington, DC, where she had served as a Founding Director of The Thornton Friends School for twelve years and as Director of The Leadership Institute for six years. Now a published author and public speaker, she also teaches Time To Think courses, leads the Time To Think Faculty, is a Fellow of Ashridge Business School, an external tutor at the Henley Business School and delivers keynote presentations around the world. Previous clients have included Time Warner, The BBC and Tate Gallery.
About the Author
Time To Think began in 1984 and grew out of Nancy's consulting and teaching work near Washington, DC, where she had served as a Founding Director of The Thornton Friends School for twelve years and as Director of The Leadership Institute for six years. She is a Fellow of Ashridge Management College, UK, and the International Listening Association's Listener of the Year 2010.
Nancy was born and raised in New Mexico and lives in England with her husband, Christopher Spence.
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A few niggles: the author occasionally conflates not thinking with not having the confidence to say what you have thought. There is a little peripheral material in the book which does not add to main approach. Finally, I think this is a really good approach, but I don’t quite see it as the solution to everything which you slightly get the sense the author does.
Nevertheless a really worthy read from a true expert guide written with a lot of love.
I know that the value of thinking and listening is significant. A friend of mine who is a coach,
recommended that I take a look at what Nancy Kline has to say on listening. This book is a
treasure and certainly one to go back to repeatedly.
I liked the way the writer first stated the process that she and her team developed over time,
with many clients. Refining and improving what became a ‘Thinking Environment.’ The book is
thoughtfully and logically constructed, with countless gems of advice and sufficient underlying
logic and anecdotes to make the implementation of the process believable and understandable.
I like the way the Thinking Environment is explained to be applicable in a variety of circumstances.
Making it a means to use anywhere and any time. With toddlers, teenagers, boardrooms and in
Quite simply the book shows how to unlock assumptions that hamper our decisions and activities.
This listening process helps to change our behaviour and consequently our results. Everyone is
able to learn this practical model. Some of the steps involve: Listening without interruption and
judgement, Allowing the Thinker to release all their ideas, Checking what the Thinker would like
to achieve, Identifying assumptions with questions and then writing down the Incisive ones. The
value of positive reinforcement is explained well and should convince even the cynics amongst us.
I don’t wish to tell any of the writers story as this could best be known from reading the narrative
ourselves. That said, I do feel that people in the services industry, particularly consultants, would
benefit from this book as it embodies a tried and tested process.
The Listener leverage's off the Thinkers ability to think for themselves. A simple concept,
but not easy to master relentlessly. Life throws us many challenges and many relationships
and there is no doubt in my mind that this book would enhance many aspects of our respective
lives. I am grateful that my friend introduced me to this book as I intend to start paying attention
to my listening and thinking skills because of it. I confess that I enjoyed the book so much that I
hardly put it down from beginning to end.
While I do understand the value in repeating the application of the principles on various
circumstances, I did on a couple of occasions feel that there some unnecessary repetition.
This is a minor criticism and did not detract in any way from the value of the content.
Could a Thinking Environment change the way we do things and improve our world? Starting
with our families, moving onto friends, firms and the future - certainly. I hope many more join
this credible thinker in improving our legacy. I liked this book and recommend it to anyone who
wants to save time, improve relationships and get better results.
I would have liked a summary of the key frameworks at the end, especially the 6 steps as I think they are exceptionally valuable.
The only section which lost me was the one where she talk about the differences between men and women. It played on gender stereotypes so much I nearly stop reading completely. If it wasn't for that I would have given it 4 stars.