Thursday, February 7, 2008

ABT: Review and Comments fron

Change the Way You See Everything: Through Asset-Based Thinking (Hardcover)
by Kathryn D. Cramer (Author), Hank Wasiak (Author)

From Publishers Weekly

Though the content may not be groundbreaking (it distills down to the old refrain, "accentuate the positive"), the photo-heavy and text-light format of Cramer's and Wasiak's discourse on fostering life- and business-improving habits and worldviews strips the hyperbole and fluff common to many self-improvement books, presenting the essentials in an innovative way. Short enough to read on a truncated lunch break (the authors estimate 45 minutes cover-to-cover) and looking not unlike a slick Powerpoint presentation, the book walks readers through the how's and why's of thinking positive ("it leads directly to the thrill of victory"; "you feel more motivated and energetic") and includes the obligatory success stories, though these are glitzier than most-musician Moby and actress Sonia Manzano among them. Bullet-point lists and brief explications of the virtues of asset-based thinking (or, ABT as it's referred to in the book) are presented alongside illustrative photographs, so the photo of an executive-looking gentleman baiting a Holstein with a red flag accompanies the section on conflict management; a pair of socks appear next to "Knock Somebody's Socks Off." Though some exercises cross into the absurd (one suggests readers "drive the 'wrong way' to work so that it takes twice as long. Find out what you appreciate about the new route"), this breezy read is the go-to title for readers seeking an attitude realignment.
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Book Description
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, that perception is reality, and that a single strength can overcome a world of obstacles. These three powerful ideas converge in the breakthrough work, Change the Way You See Everything This brilliantly simple book on the philosophy known as Asset-Based Thinking, instills success-oriented habits in even the most die-hard cynic. Its transformational lessons--conveyed through unique photographic metaphors and inspiring stories from real people--reveal how the slightest shift in perception can lead to monumental results in both business and in life. ABT is not just positive thinking, but rather a systematic observation of "what works." Kathryn Cramer, an acclaimed corporate consultant, and Hank Wasiak, a creative icon of the advertising industry, have produced a work that looks and works like no other business or self-help book-because it IS like no other book. Change the Way You See Everything is a revolutionary approach to every aspect of life that bears not just reading, but re-reading, and sharing with people in your circle. You'll never look at the world the same way again.

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars highly motivating book for sure!, March 5, 2007
By jim holbrook (st. louis, mo United States) - See all my reviews
Dr. Cramer is rock star in the area of "the glass is half full" thinking! This book is a great read and re-read to cement good, positive, motivated, lean-forward behaviors. And I for one appreciate the reminder and the helpful tips. It's also a book that's well laid out so that I can refer back to key sections easily! Kudos to Kathy and Hank for summing up life's lessons so well!

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