Item description for Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work by John Maxwell ...
Overview 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.
Publishers Description 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.
Citations And Professional Reviews Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work by John Maxwell has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 07/01/2005 page 36
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Studio: Center Street
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.02" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 0446692883 ISBN13 9780446692885
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More About John 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 LeadershipGurus.net. 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 Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information about him visit JohnMaxwell.com.
John C. Maxwell currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia. John C. Maxwell was born in 1947.
Reviews - What do customers think about Thinking For A Change-Softcover?
great concept Mar 15, 2007
we see most of what Maxwell has written in our daily lives but I never managed to put it all together. Great idea John, it clears it up for me and helps me "think" better and more efficiently. great book.
Maxwell's Clear Presentation = Excellent Book Feb 28, 2007
I have been impressed with every John Maxwell book I have read. This one is no exception. Maxwell presents his ideas on how thinking can change your life clearly and backs them up with stories, quotes, and examples of how people have changed their life by altering their thoughts. But the ideas are not completely original. Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" promised many of the same results by changing your thoughts more than fifty years earlier. Yet, Maxwell's book is still worth reading, not because of the uniqueness of the book's concepts, but rather for the presentation of such. He makes it easy for someone wanting to change their life by including exercises at the end of each chapter that, I am convinced, would put one on the path towards excellence. If you want to change your life for the better, begin with Maxwell, an excellent leader and motivator who walks the walk to give credibility to everything he says.
Thinking Makes all things possible Feb 24, 2007
I read the book when it was first released in 2003. It didn't have much impact in my life because apparently I wasn't ready to receive the message that was contained in the book. I had let this book sit on my shelf for years but I picked it up recently. I opened and began to read it. I couldn't put it down. The message was oh so clear this time. I could see how I could improve my life by practicing all of the thinking styles in the book. This book is awesome in presenting how thinking can change the way you approach life and the great things that can happen in your life by incorporating these thinking styles into your life.
OK but not great Jan 9, 2007
Maxwell's premise is that successful people think differently than unsuccessful people. The book is organized in two major parts, part one is three chapters which presents the importance of thinking well. Part two of the book is laid out in eleven chapters each presenting a mode of thinking, including: 1. Acquire the wisdom of big-picture thinking; 2. Unleash the potential of focused thinking; 3. Discover the joy of creative thinking; 4. Recognize the importance of realistic thinking; 5. Release the power of strategic thinking; 6. Feel the energy of possibility thinking; 7. Embrace the lessons of reflective thinking; 8. Question the acceptance of popular thinking; 9. Encourage the participation of shared thinking; 10. Experience the satisfaction of unselfish thinking; 11. Enjoy the return of bottom-line thinking - am I staying focused on results
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.
List weaknesses of book. 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.
Good Ideas Impractically Presented Mar 4, 2006
In my attempts to learn from people that I consider effective leaders, I've noticed that they seem to share several characteristics. However, I've never been able to adequately summarize these qualities in as clear a manner as John Maxwell does in Thinking For A Change. Maxwell isolates the thinking traits of successful individuals and provides examples on how application of these traits can improve a situation or a life. To put it simply, I've never read a more concise synopsis of the thought characteristics that distinguish the successful from the unsuccessful.
While I admire the concepts presented in Thinking For A Change, I found the practicality of implementing these concepts to be woefully understated. For most of the book, Maxwell gives the impression that changing one's thoughts is a relatively simple process. Even though he does state early in the book that changing one's thinking pattern takes work, this admonition isn't repeated again. In fact, Maxwell closes with the point that one should only focus on the areas where they believe their thinking habits are strong and surround themselves with people whose strong thinking skill areas offset their own weak skill areas. By presenting such advice, Maxwell more than hints that self-improvement really isn't the goal of this book.
I found a lot of wisdom and insight in the thinking skills that Maxwell highlighted. But, by trivializing the effort needed to incorporate these ideas into their life, Maxwell shortchanges the reader. If Thinking For A Change is read while keeping in mind that it is the beginning of the journey for improvement, then there is value in the book. But, if it is approached with the belief that one will be thinking "better" simply by reading the book, one will be sorely disappointed.