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  1. Thinking for a Change Dr. John C. Maxwell

  2. The Value of Good Thinking • Good Thinking Creates the Foundation for Good Results • Good Thinking Increases Your Potential • Good Thinking Produces More Good Thinking IF…You Make It a Habit

  3. Thinking & Quality of Results • Poor thinking produces negative progress • Average thinking produces no progress • Good thinking produces some progress • Great thinking produces great thinking

  4. Potential to be a Great Thinker • Unsuccessful people focus their thinking on survival • Average people focus their thinking on maintenance • Successful people focus their thinking on progress

  5. Why Change Your Thinking? • Changed Thinking Is Not Automatic • Changed Thinking is Difficult • Changed Thinking is Worth the Investment • Changed Thinking is the Best Gift You Can Give Others

  6. The Responsibility to Change • Changing your thinking changes your beliefs • Changing your beliefs changes your expectations • Changing your expectations changes your attitude

  7. The Responsibility to Change • Changing your attitude changes your behavior • Changing your behavior changes your performance • Changing your performance changes your life

  8. Finding the Right Place to Think • Find a place to think your thoughts • Find a place to shape your thoughts • Find a place to stretch your thoughts • Find a place to land your thoughts • Find a place to fly your thoughts

  9. Becoming a Good Thinker • Expose yourself to good input • Expose yourself to good thinkers • Choose to think good thoughts

  10. Becoming a Good Thinker • Act on your good thoughts • Allow your emotions to create another good thought • Repeat the process

  11. Skill #1 Acquiring the Wisdom of Big-Picture Thinking

  12. Big-Picture Thinkers • Learn continually • Listen intentionally • Look expansively • Live completely

  13. Wisdom of Big-Picture Thinking • Big-picture thinking allows you to lead • Big-picture thinking keeps you on target • Big-picture thinking allows you to see what others see

  14. Wisdom of Big-Picture Thinking • Big-picture thinking promotes teamwork • Big-picture thinking keeps you from being caught up in the mundane • Big-picture thinking helps you to chart uncharted territory

  15. Important Things Leaders Do • See the vision before their people do • Size up situations, taking into account many variables • Sketch a picture of where the team is going • Show how the future connects with the past to make the journey more meaningful • Seize the moment when the timing is right

  16. Big-Picture Strategies • Don’t strive for certainty • Learn from every experience • Gain insight from a variety of people • Give yourself permission to expand your world

  17. Skill #2 Unleash the Potential of Focused Thinking

  18. Benefits of Focused Thinking • Focused thinking harnesses energy toward a desired goal • Focused thinking gives ideas time to develop • Focused thinking brings clarity to the target • Focused thinking will take you to the next level

  19. Where to Focus Your Thinking • Identify your priorities • Discover your gifts • Develop your dream

  20. Staying Focused • Remove distractions • Make time for focused thinking • Keep items of focus before you • Set goals • Question your progress

  21. Setting Goals • Clear enough to be kept in focus • Close enough to be achieved • Helpful enough to change lives

  22. To do well at a few things, give up many things.

  23. Give Up to Go Up • I can’t know everyone • I can’t do everything • I can’t go everywhere • I can’t be well-rounded

  24. Skill #3 Discover the Joy of Creative Thinking

  25. Characteristics of Creative Thinkers • Creative thinkers value ideas • Creative thinkers explore options • Creative thinkers embrace ambiguity

  26. Characteristics of Creative Thinkers • Creative thinkers celebrate the offbeat • Creative thinkers connect the unconnected • Creative thinkers don’t fear failure

  27. The Potential of Creative Thinking • Creative thinking adds value to everything • Creative thinking compounds • Creative thinking draws people to you and your ideas • Creative thinking helps you learn more • Creative thinking challenges the Status Quo

  28. Discover Creative Thinking • Remove creativity killers • Think creatively by asking the right questions • Develop a creative environment • Spend time with other creative people • Get out of your box

  29. Creative Environments • Encourage creativity • Places a high value among team members and individuality • Embraces those who are creative

  30. Creative Environments • Focuses on innovation, not just invention • Places a high value on options • Is willing to let people go outside the lines • Appreciates the power of a dream

  31. Skill #4 Recognize the Importance of Realistic Thinking

  32. Importance of Realistic Thinking • Realistic thinking minimizes downside risk • Realistic thinking gives you a target and game plan • Realistic thinking is a catalyst for change • Realistic thinking provides security

  33. Importance of Realistic Thinking • Realistic thinking gives you credibility • Realistic thinking provides a foundation to build on • Realistic thinking is a friend to those in trouble • Realistic thinking brings the dream to fruition

  34. Improving Realistic Thinking • Develop an appreciation for the truth • Do your homework • Think through the pros and cons • Picture the worst-case scenario • Align your thinking with your resources

  35. Skill #5 Release the Power of Strategic Thinking

  36. Benefits of Strategic Thinking • Strategic thinking simplifies the difficult • Strategic thinking prompts you to ask the right questions • Strategic thinking prompts customization

  37. Benefits of Strategic Thinking • Strategic thinking prepares you today for an uncertain tomorrow • Strategic thinking reduces the margin for error • Strategic thinking gives you influence with others

  38. Guidelines to Planning • Break down the issue • Ask WHY before HOW • Identify the real issues and objectives • Review your resources

  39. Guidelines to Planning • Develop your plan • Put the right people in the right place • Keep repeating the process

  40. Skill #6 Feel the Energy of Possibility Thinking

  41. The Energy of Possibility Thinking • Possibility thinking increases your possibilities • Possibility thinking draws opportunities and people to you • Possibility thinking increases others’ possibilities

  42. The Energy of Possibility Thinking • Possibility thinking allows you to dream big dreams • Possibility thinking makes it possible to rise above average • Possibility thinking gives you energy • Possibility thinking keeps you from giving up

  43. Feeling the Energy • Stop focusing on the impossibilities • Stay away from the “experts” • Look for possibilities in every situation

  44. Feeling the Energy • Dream one size bigger • Question the Status Quo • Find inspiration from great achievers

  45. Skill #7 Embrace the Lessons of Reflective Thinking

  46. Daily Reflection • What did I learn today? • What should I share? • What must I do?

  47. The Lessons of Reflective Thinking • Reflective thinking gives you true perspective • Reflective thinking gives emotional integrity to your thought life • Reflective thinking increases your confidence in decision-making

  48. The Lessons of Reflective Thinking • Reflective thinking clarifies the Big Picture • Reflective thinking takes a good experience and makes it a valuable experience

  49. Embracing Reflective Thinking • Set aside time for reflection • Remove yourself from distractions • Regularly review your calendar or journal • Ask the right questions • Connect your learning through action

  50. The Right Questions • Thinking Related to Values • Thinking Related to Relationships • Thinking Related to Experiences