Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell

Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell

A book review by Daniel R. Murphy

Synopsis of Content:

In a world increasingly dominated by busyness Maxwell teaches the importance of thought. In this book he outlines 11 different types of thinking and how one should go about disciplining oneself to use these thought methods. He tells us that through a regular discipline of thought we will form the habit of thinking productively and effectively.

Proper thinking is as important today as in any time. Mastering thought and forming the right habits in thought can be a key factor to attaining success in any field.

Maxwell divides the most important skills into Big Picture Thinking, Focused Thinking, Creative Thinking, Realistic Thinking, Strategic Thinking, Possibility Thinking, Reflective Thinking, Questioning Popular Thinking, Shared Thinking, Unselfish Thinking and Bottom Line Thinking. Each has an essential function in our thinking world. Each must be balanced against the others. Each is about understanding the kind of thinking used and developing the discipline to use that mode of thinking effectively.

Readability/Writing Quality:  

As always with Maxwell his materials are very well organized and written. He uses lots of quotation text boxes, outline form subheading and stories to illustrate his point. This is very easy to read and understand. At the end of each chapter is a section on thinking about what the chapter covered and implementing the lessons taught.

Notes on Author:

John Maxwell is a recognized authority on leadership skills. He is a pastor by profession but has gone far beyond church administration in his work. He advises Fortune 500 companies and speaks to thousands of people every year. He has written many books on Leadership and related topics.

Related Website:

The website created for this book is and is worth some time to check out.

Three Great Ideas You Can Use:

  1. If you want to be a better thinker you must work at it. Once you become a better thinker the ideas just keep coming.

  2. Good thinkers solve problems. They never lack for ideas that can build an organization and they always hope for a better future.

  3. Find a regular time and place to think and stick to a schedule. Write down your thoughts which capture them for implementation and builds clarity.

Publication Information:  

Thinking for a Change by John C. Maxwell. 257 pages in paperback.

Copyright 2003 by John C. Maxwell

Published by Center Street, Hatchett Book Group.

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Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.