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More Time to Think: The power of independent thinking

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The quality of everything we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first. The leaders, professionals, parents and teachers who understand this are at the top of their fields and inspire some of the finest independent thinking in their environments.

In More Time to Think, Nancy Kline shares ten effective ways to help people think for themselves with rigour, imagin

Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published January 5th 2015 by Cassell Illustrated
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Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Good empirical guide on how to create a thinking environment

The principles on how to create a thinking environment are really great and can be applied to mentoring, groups, meetings, pairs. I really like that from the book.

The examples are quite good, for instance how to discover and implement incisive questions. Also, the parts on how to coach are really good.

There were many sections in the last two parts of the book which were a bit more philosophical or a little less grounded, it’s definitel
Linda Vituma
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Labi, ka ir ne tikai audio, bet arī papīra formāta grāmata - to var krāsot un līmēt lapiņas. Un konspektēt. Lai praktizētu. Citas jēgas šo grāmatu lasīt nav. Tikai un vienīgi, lai praktizētu.
Paul Laughlin
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having read the prequel over twenty years ago, I was fascinated to find what I’d learn from “More time to think” by Nancy Kline. This book was written over a decade ago now, so I’ve been procrastinating, wondering what else there was to learn about this approach. How wrong I was.

This is such a powerful book. One that could be potentially transformative, both for leaders and everyone else. In fact, I prefer this sequel to the original as Nancy is able to share so much that has been learnt in prac
Daniil Lanovyi
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had time to think about this book and I really wanted to like it. Even more so as I do actually agree with some of the ideas expressed in it. Just the way it's written doesn't sit well with me. Preachy, oh so preachy. Overconfident and full of big words and little evidence.

The second part of the book made me cringe - "it's yet another coaching method". Now the style made sense, when you want to sell something - you do need to sound confident. So I've stopped reading at about 70% and regretted
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Goodreads app crashed when I was about 12 paras deep into my review so I am rage-retyping it on the laptop...)

This is a really tough review because I feel wave of ambivalence about the book.

On the one hand - and the hand that rates it 4 starts - I am Entirely Here for Nancy Kline, I am Fully Down with the Thinking Environment. Time to Think was the bedrock of my coaching theory. It has made me a better coach, a better listener, a better manager, a better friend, and better person. I want everyo
Andreas Happe
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally I thought this book would be about how to think --- how surprised I was that it teaches how to make others think for themselves. Intertwined into this are page after page that make you think about yourself, your life and relations to others.. Those are more than worthy of being read for their own.

Base for thinking is an atmosphere of attentiveness, curiosity, empathy and mutual worthiness. Humility and equality. Allow people to think without fear. The idea is to gently remove untrue l
L. Marquet
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Building on her previous work, Time to Think, which came out in 1984, Nancy Kline asks us a question: “I ponder what it will take to produce a planet of people thinking for themselves.”

And she postulates the answer: “Turning our organizations and governments and religions and schools and families into thinking environments.”

This is what I love about the book. First of all, it's all about thinking, independent thinking. The author doesn't go down the tried and tired path of ‘you need to think bet
Stefano Zanella
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
It’s a good book. The content puts a finger and names observations and intuitions about collaboration and communication that were with me for years, so I came on the other side with much more clarity.
One particular aspect I didn’t appreciate is the tone: sometimes too much on the “feel good” or catchy side, at times to the detriment of comprehension. Maybe one needs to read the original “Time to think”, not sure.
I also have a problem with scripted scenarios: the problem is always that if you don
Priit Rohumaa
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
Nice topic,good thoughts! But extremely boring... Took real effort to push myself to read it..
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lots of overlap with mindful practices in reality so nothing really that new for me
Mel Knudsen
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have begun reading again. Techniques that are profoundly useful.
Andrew Scott
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: astc, coaching-orange
This is a sequel to Kline's excellent Time To Think. It is clear, lucid and compelling. More importantly, the ideas contained in it really work. As a coach, facilitator and consultant, I have been using the approach outlined in these books in my one-to-one work, in work with senior teams, in training workshops, and in conferences of 100+ people. I have used it with administrative staff, leaders and managers, finance professionals and university professors. And so far it has produced exceptional ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is an insightful look at the 10 components of listening and how to use them. Using some real world examples, including full conversations, Nancy shows how by simply keeping quiet and just asking 1 or 2 key questions, we give the other person the power to work out what to do next.. This is very empowering

This would be an excellent book for any body who has to deal with people, managers, teachers, parents, etc. I did find the book hard to follow, but would still recommend it as one to pu
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: growth
I have thoroughly enjoyed Nancy Kline's other two books (5 stars each), but this one, while good, is not to the same calibre imo. This book is a good reminder of the other ones, but I would take either of her other two books first before this one. I can't say I got much new.

I am planning to re-read Time To Think though, as that is worth the time, more than once, in my opinion.

Cliff Mccollum
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
The material presented is super practical and very clearly explained. Putting it to use is merely a matter of repeated practice. But the book is also amazingly boring to read, to the point where I simply couldn't finish it. But the 60% I did read was useful and helpful. ...more
Jerry Williams
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wise and stimulating

Very stimulating. Wonderful for leaders, consultants, coaches and facilitators. Full of powerful questions to ask. There is Wisdom on each page.
Steve Page
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coaching
This is a great book for coaches and counsellors.
From experience these techniques work, but we need to work on our inner selves as well.
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