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Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work

By John C. Maxwell (Author) & John C. Maxwell (Read by)
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Explores the concept that success is a state of mind, identifying specific skills people need to turn their potential for success into results, and offering examples of different kinds of thinking in a range of situations. Read by the author.

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At the heart of John C. Maxwell's brilliant and inspiring book is a simple premise: To do well in life, we must first think well. But can we actually learn new mental habits? Thinking for a Change answers that with a resounding "yes" -- and shows how changing your thinking can indeed change your life. Drawing on the words and deeds of many of the world's greatest leaders and using interactive quizzes, this empowering book helps you assess your thinking style, guides you to new ones, and step by step teaches you the secrets of: Big-Picture Thinking -- seeing the world beyond your own needs and how that leads to great ideas. Focused Thinking -- removing mental clutter and distractions to realize your full potential. Creative Thinking -- stepping out of the "box" and making breakthroughs. Shared Thinking -- working with others to compound results. - Reflective Thinking -- looking at the past to gain a better understanding of the future ...and much more. Here America's most trusted and admired motivational teacher examines the very foundation of success and self-transformation. Illuminating and life-changing, Thinking for a Change is a unique primer not on what to think, but how to best use one of your most precious possessions: your mind.

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Item Specifications...

Format: Abridged,   Audiobook
Studio: Hachette Audio
Running Time: 180.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 5.75"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Apr 1, 2003
Edition  Abridged  
ISBN  1586214942  
ISBN13  9781586214944  

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More About John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell 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 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 For more information about him visit

John C. Maxwell currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia. John C. Maxwell was born in 1947.

John C. Maxwell has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 101 (Thomas Nelson)
  2. EQUIP Leadership
  3. Giants of the Bible
  4. Jumpstart
  5. Successful People

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Reviews - What do customers think about Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work?

More People Need To Think Productively and this book shows you how!  Nov 15, 2008
The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life

Thinking for a Change is packed with great ideas for succeeding in business and life.

This is one of my favorite Maxwell books even though it falls out of his normal leadership content. In this book, John explains what it means to be a good thinker and also highlights the eleven skills every successful person needs including Big Picture Thinking, Creative Thinking, Strategic Thinking, Possibility Thinking, Unselfish Thinking and several more.

I reread this each year and always notice new insights and better approaches to my business and life.I have highlighted significant portions and have used this book as much personally as for business.

This is also a Top 20 recommendation for my coaching clients at The 1% Club, Inc.
Excellent, well written book on how to improve one's thinking.  May 21, 2008
Should be required reading for all college freshman. From its examples to its suggestions on how to improve one's thinking, it is well thought out and full of insight. If you ever want to seperate yourself from the herd, then read this book and put into practice its recommendations.
Is your thinking holding you back?  Mar 31, 2008
In Thinking for a Change, Mr. John Maxwell explores how the way we approach thinking affects our lives. The book is broken out into two main parts. Part I is titled, "Change Your Thinking and Change Your Life". Part II is titled, "Eleven Thinking Skills Every Successful Person Needs. In this part he discusses several different types of thinking which are listed below and how to become more proficient at each...

* Big Picture Thinking
* Focused Thinking
* Creative Thinking
* Realistic Thinking
* Strategic Thinking
* Possibility Thinking
* Reflective Thinking
* Popular Thinking
* Shared Thinking
* Unselfish Thinking
* Bottom Line Thinking

I believe this is one of those books that the best way to truly unlock it's value is to read it through once and then go back to individual chapters and read and contemplate the ideas of that particular chapter over a week or two period. With this approach you get an overview of what Mr. Maxwell is trying to get at and then you dive deeper into the details and find applications to your life. At this point I have only read it once through. I believe with further contemplation this could be a five star book.

Below are a few interesting tidbits I took away after my initial run through Thinking for a Change...

* The Right Thought plus the Right People in the Right Environment at the Right Time for the Right Reason = The Right Result (pg. 43)

* When team members come to me with a problem, I insist that they that they also supply three possible ways to solve it. Anyone can point out a problem; only people who think well can present possible solutions. (pg. 101)

* Solid strategic thinkers always know that unless people are working to correct or bolster an area that needs discipline, they should always spend most of their time working in and developing their areas of strength. (pg. 148)

Solid ideas, many short stories  Nov 3, 2007
John C. Maxwell and his team have gathered 11 excellent ways to categorize thinking styles, as well as some introductory chapters on related topics, such as the need to approach life with a positive attitude instead of negative. The approach is typical for self-help books. Tell a story about how someone resolved an issue or experienced a breakthrough using the right kind of thinking, just as you, too, can do if you open your mind and really try.

The stories range from trivial to very effective, and they work best if your own personal learning style works from anecdotes better than mine does. In this book, treat the stories more as examples that as instructions. Maxwell makes one good point after another. What you won't get is a lot of advice on how you can take concrete steps to shore up weaknesses. The basic premise is that the exercises and suggested time for contemplation will help the reader to have better self-awareness and acknowledge the benefits of corrective action. I didn't really feel like doing the exercises, so no doubt I undermined the material's effectiveness.

Mr. Maxwell goes easy on the religious references, which suits his wide target audience. The ones he uses are always low key and reasonable, so a non-religious reader should not be bothered at all.

Again, his list of 11 types of thinking is spot-on. Anyone who aspires to leadership must demonstrate most of them, and many of them relate even to young, junior people. As Mr. Maxwell says, it's never to early to raise your game.
Excellent book for the people looking for Improving the leadership skills  Sep 26, 2007
this is one another classic from John Maxwell. There are lot many things explained in this book that can help us in our daily life, profession/ business..

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