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Change the Way You See Everything through Asset-Based Thinking

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  207 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
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 n ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Running Press (first published March 1st 2006)
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Kevin Eikenberry
I don’t go into bookstores as often as I used to. But Sunday I did, and I’m glad I did. I looked at books, and kept thinking about how many were at home and at my office on the reading list. I looked but didn’t … - See more at:
Apr 18, 2016 Rickey marked it as partly-read
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"When you change the way you see things, the things you see change." - Anonymous

So begins and ends this book, on the inside of the front and back cover, with a mysterious image and an explanation of the image that might surprise you.

I'm not sure if the rest of the book might surprise any of us. It seems like it contains some of the same 'positive-thinking' 'self-help' messages that other classics already contain. However, this one has some beautiful pictures and a more modernized graphic design
Hal Hobenshield
Oct 19, 2014 Hal Hobenshield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I enjoyed listening to this book. it is extremely valuable and easy to understand. this will make a difference in your life. sorry and suit.
I really enjoyed this book. I know that any book that falls into the 'self-help' or 'self improvement' category can be met with the same sort of eye rolling and skepticism that I would give to someone telling me to read The Secret for the solution to all my problems.

But, this book isn't so much a self help book but one that highlights ways that you can look at finding solutions to your situation as opposed to allowing yourself to be mired in the fact that a situation or your life isn't going th
Sep 23, 2015 Beth rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
Truth be told, I couldn't read this whole book, not that it was difficult. There just seemed to be absolutely no real content.
Michael Murphy
Feb 10, 2015 Michael Murphy rated it did not like it
Garbage. Dithering self-help pseudo-advice. I'd imagine the poor, lost soul who finds this tripe helpful might make better use of their time at a local Scientology center getting a free assessment. Same type of crap, might as well go big or go home.
Nov 24, 2014 Kellyann rated it it was amazing
This book was really wonderful in multiple ways. First off, it's an extra-large, hard cover, "picture-book" type format. Inspiring even just to look at. Then, the methods it outlines are presented in a short and sweet, easily acceptable AND implementable way. "Self-help", be a better person type books like this are often waaay too long, overly drawing out every point they're trying to make instead of just getting to the point. I really appreciated that this wasn't this way. Definitely one to kee ...more
Feb 07, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok
The jacket for this book is great, but the interiors and design are laughable. Really, the whole book is kind of nuts and the organization makes little sense. BUT, if you're like me and are a bit of a nut about self-improvement in the workplace, you'll get something out of this. It's a fast read (what with all the weird stock photography) and the governing concept (the benefit of asset-based thinking) makes a lot of sense. The good stuff could be distilled into 3-4 hardworking pages.
Feb 23, 2011 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was insightful as to how to look on the asset based side of things, as to who we are, what moves us,and use those things to enrich our life, rather than what is lacking- how this can open our lives to great possibilities. It is inspiring to read. I kind of lost interest towards the end, I thought most of the good information was towards the front of the book.
Mar 26, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it
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I heard about this book from a co-worker and decided to read it. Now that I've read it I recommend it to many. It is not a "Pollyanna" way of living or looking at things or an unrealistic way of living; it is about looking at situations and issues differently. A way to change your perspective and evaluate the good in the situation at hand.
Oct 14, 2012 Meghan rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of self-help books. They have been very helpful on my quest to find myself and make myself a better person. This one I found at the library and I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting it was. It is full of information, given to you in a fun and creative way, plus several activities to help you along the way.
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i was really fascinated with the design and the photo of this book

but what really matter is the content and the text was not that helpful ,

i can count the pages on my hand which added new thing to my knowledge.

i will give it a read again to see if i miss something :(

Dec 21, 2011 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The space between "Your Present Action" and "The Future You Want To Create" is IMPACT! What fuels your impact? I suddenly see the chasms I must cross as opportunities that must be taken with BIG steps. (You can't jump a chasm with baby steps.) Excellent for the right-brained person.
Jun 03, 2008 Kiersten rated it really liked it
A feel-good book. I loved how they gave several lists in the book about the "old way" of saying something and then a new "Asset-based thinking" way. I was able to print them out and reference them quickly. I even shared them at the office
CJ Romberger
Feb 04, 2016 CJ Romberger rated it really liked it
What a beautiful book! This one caught my eye on the way out of the Self-Help section and was definitely an impulse purchase. I love it when those impulse purchases turn out to be treasures.
Apr 06, 2013 Audrey rated it liked it
Basically goes along with the theory of "be the change you wish to see in the world". Good insight into how you impact your personal world and linking that to greater change.
Patrick Fassnacht
Dec 29, 2012 Patrick Fassnacht rated it really liked it
quick, inspirational, and nice positive-minded focus. For someone who likes Asset-Based thinking already, this still offered some gems.
quick and light-hearted.
Anne Walbridge
Apr 22, 2009 Anne Walbridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not too much new here (basically focus on the positive) but it's presented in an invigoratingly fresh way. Best graphic design I've seen in a book, ever.
Justin Zamora
Jan 01, 2015 Justin Zamora rated it liked it
an interesting book on how a shift in our perspective about our life can lead to some pretty remarkable benefits.... nothing groundbreaking, but a good read.
I really appreciate the Asset Base Thinking model, but I got more out of participating in the workshop than reading this.
I think I am done with the book. I didn't finish it but it was interesting just not what I wanted right now.
Jul 18, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
This was a very meaty book for how few WORDS there are! Photos are gorgeous and the message is beautiful.
May 26, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it

Well produced piece and solid material on accountability and initiative.
Nov 02, 2013 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but too much picturing art and not too fun-still, I still liked it!
Sandra Kinzer
Aug 12, 2013 Sandra Kinzer rated it liked it
Lots of good advice-- now to remember all of it!
John Sims
Jan 06, 2016 John Sims rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspiration
helpful to get you going
Oct 03, 2009 Jason rated it liked it
Not tons of "meat" like you will get with Tolle, but a great book to pick up whenever you desire a change of latitude.
Jan 11, 2016 Kristen rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015-2016
it was ok
Kelly Geisleman
Kelly Geisleman rated it it was amazing
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Kathy Cramer, Ph.D., is the founder and managing partner of The Cramer Institute in St. Louis, MO. For more than twenty years, she and her colleagues have pioneered the development of Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) approaches to coaching, consulting, and training, and inspiring individuals and organizations. Her signature programs, keynotes, books, and online and new media offerings have passionate fo ...more
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