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The Power of Impossible Thinking: Transform the Business of Your Life and the Life of Your Business
 
 

The Power of Impossible Thinking: Transform the Business of Your Life and the Life of Your Business [Kindle Edition]

Yoram (Jerry) R. Wind , Colin Crook , Robert E. Gunther
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"This is an important book that 'makes sense of how we make sense.' The authors provide a thorough, fresh, and compelling exploration into the dimensions of mental models. All leaders who want to be more effective in their actions would be served well to leverage the principles in this book to learn about how they think and make sense of the world around them."

Nick Pudar
Director of Strategic Initiatives, General Motors

"This is a really great piece of work. It is 'immersion into the process of insight'. Truly a valuable addition to any forward-thinking person's library in light of the rapid change we face in today's world—business and personal."

J.Allen Kosowksy, CPA
Forensic Accountant and Director, 0N2 Technologies

"A masterfully written book that is sure to capture the attention of every thinking person who's willing to look at the world of business through new lenses. The Power of Impossible Thinking is both timely and intriguing."

Kathy Levinson, Ph.D.
Author of The 60-Second Commute

"Tough-minded managers like to think they see the world as it is. Wind and Crook, drawing on recent neuroscience research, demonstrate that none of us, tough-minded or not, do anything of the sort. What we perceive as 'the world' is as much inside our heads as outside. By realizing that and making choices about how we see things, we can become much more effective managers."

Rob Austin, Ph.D.
Harvard Business School and co-author of Artful Making

"While most of us may recognize that the world we respond to is more in our mind than in any physical reality, often we don't have a clue why this is so. This very important book clearly explains how our mental models work to construct these distinct inner worlds. And more importantly it offers empowering advice on how we can use this knowledge to work for us rather than against us in creating a better outer world for ourselves, our organizations, and our societies."

Charles C. Manz
Best-selling author of SuperLeadership, Fit to Lead, and Temporary Sanity

"Today, life moves at hyperspeed. Hence, the age-old human skill of pattern recognition is more essential to our health and happiness than ever before in history. The Power of Impossible Thinking is a wonderful guide to help you understand the patterns you recognize and—critically—when those patterns serve you well, when they don't, and what you can do about it."

Douglas K. Smith
Co-author of The Wisdom of Teams and author of On Value and Values

"I have been trying to explain why Japan has fallen into a pitfall and cannot come out of even the simplest problems. One can call it an innovators dilemma, but that does not solve the problem. This book suggests we have to go back to the basics of reviewing our underlying 'mental models' now and then, and only then, have to construct a new model, perhaps plural, and move onto exploring the new terrain."

Kenichi Ohmae
Author of the international bestseller, The Borderless World

"Jerry Wind and Colin Crook have one of the most powerful messages there is about dealing with the present changing world. Perspectives are prisons, they say. The only way to thrive in the coming environment is to cultivate the ability to sense the new patterns and relationships as (and before) they emerge—otherwise you'll be locked in the past. This book can get you out of that jail."

John L. Petersen
President and founder of The Arlington Institute and author of
Out of the Blue: How to Anticipate Wild Cards and Other Big Surprises

"The Power of Impossible Thinking is a health spa for the executive brain. Poor mental models can do more than ruin your reputation, your organization, or your team. How many times do we ignore market changes because of personal bias? Thanks to Wind and Crook we have a new vast insight into 'making sense' to help global leaders master the models needed for successful leadership behavior."

Cathy L. Greenberg, Ph.D
Executive Director, Institute for Strategic Leadership,
LeBow College of Business, Drexel University

"Everyone is familiar with exhortations for mindset change, attitudinal change and paradigm shift. But slogans are not solutions and words are not deeds. What is missing is a "how to" book. Wind and Cook have brilliantly filled this chasm of need with an extraordinary book that revolutionizes businesses, individual lives and society."

Dr. Y Y Wong
Chairman and Founder, The Wywy Group of Companies

"Wind and Crook have written a marvelous book that can teach you how to think more effectively in personal and business settings. Read it and learn!"

Drea Zigarmi
Author of The Leader Inside: Learning Enough About Yourself To Lead Others and co-author of Leadership and the One Minute Manager

"We like to say, 'See it with your mind's eye.' Wind and Crook show us that our mind is our eye. What we think is what we see, and what we see directs how we act. Not only do the authors make this paradigm clear, but they offer concrete and practical ways to change our mind's eye and as a consequence change our actions and the results we get. The value of that is hard to top."

J. Stewart Black, Ph.D.
co-author of Leading Strategic Change
and Professor, University of Michigan Business School

"This is a very important book. It deals with truly fundamental issues—both for practitioners as well as academicians—relating to making sense out of a variety of complex events in the real world, and how to keep an open mind regarding all of this. We often become 'prisoners' of set routines and behaviors, and thus gradually grow less and less effective. This book points the way out of this dilemma--in a most convincing sense. Models, properly focused around the best in human minds, are key here. These can help us understand paradigm shifts, maintain relevance, and keep momentum. To see things differently becomes central. The book makes seminal contributions here. It provides a strong, rigorous—and practical—conceptual base for this! I am equally impressed with the book's focus on implementation, both in terms of setting out an agenda for transforming one's world, as well as in terms of pointing out how action can be achieved—quickly and naturally—following the prescriptions of the book. All in all, I find the book to be a true seminal contribution, with a strong conceptual underpinning, convincing empirical verification, and realistic implementational focus. This book will become a must, for practitioners and academicians alike."

Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Lorange
President IMD, The Nestle Professor

"The authors have done a masterful job examining the power and limits of our mental models and how to better accomplish change in the complex world ahead.... This book offers a road map with a real set of attributes that can help us make the tough choices in a time of transition.... I would put this book at the top of my 'keeper' list for those on the front lines of change management and mission accomplishment."

Ken Minihan
Lt. General, U.S. Air Force, Retired

Product Description

This book is about getting better at making sense of the world...so you can make decisions that respond to reality, not some obsolete model of reality.

Drawing on the latest neuroscientific research and their experience with corporate transformations, Jerry Wind and Colin Crook explain how your mental models stand between you and reality, distorting all your perceptions...and how they create both limits and opportunities.

You'll learn how to develop new ways of seeing...how to keep your mental models fresh and relevant...when to change to a new model...how to build a portfolio of models...and improving your models through constant experimentation.

Better mental models = smarter decisions

Understand what's real, so you can act on it

How people get "stuck," and what to do about it

How obsolete mental models keep you from making changes

The neuroscience of mental models

What scientists can teach us about perception–and reality

Creating new models

Practical ways to see things in new ways–fast

"Wind and Crook have written a marvelous book that can teach you how to think more effectively in personal and business settings. Read it and learn!"

Drea Zigarmi
Author of The Leader Inside: Learning Enough About Yourself To Lead Others and co-author of Leadership and the One Minute Manager

"We like to say, 'See it with your mind's eye.' Wind and Crook show us that our mind is our eye. What we think is what we see, and what we see directs how we act. Not only do the authors make this paradigm clear, but they offer concrete and practical ways to change our mind's eye and as a consequence change our actions and the results we get. The value of that is hard to top."

J. Stewart Black, Ph.D.
co-author of Leading Strategic Change
and Professor, University of Michigan Business School

"I have been trying to explain why Japan has fallen into a pitfall and cannot come out of even the simplest problems. One can call it an innovators dilemma, but that does not solve the problem. This book suggests we have to go back to the basics of reviewing our underlying 'mental models' now and then, and only then, have to construct a new model, perhaps plural, and move onto exploring the new terrain."

Kenichi Ohmae
Author of the international bestseller, The Borderless World

"While most of us may recognize that the world we respond to is more in our mind than in any physical reality, often we don't have a clue why this is so. This very important book clearly explains how our mental models work to construct these distinct inner worlds. And more importantly it offers empowering advice on how we can use this knowledge to work for us rather than against us in creating a better outer world for ourselves, our organizations, and our societies."

Charles C. Manz
Best-selling author of SuperLeadership, Fit to Lead, and Temporary Sanity

"This is an important book that 'makes sense of how we make sense.' The authors provide a thorough, fresh, and compelling exploration into the dimensions of mental models. All leaders who want to be more effective in their actions would be served well to leverage the principles in this book to learn about how they think and make sense of the world around them."

Nick Pudar
Director of Strategic Initiatives, General Motors

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0131425021
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall; 1 edition (5 Dec 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00142APAS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We are what we think 25 Dec 2005
By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
To paraphrase Descartes:
I think it is...therefore it is.
I think it's not...therefore it isn't.
Wind and Crook assert that a given opportunity is perceived to be either possible or impossible, depending upon one's mental model(s). In this brilliant book, they explain how to understand the power and limits of mental models; how to test the relevance of mental models against a changing environment, generate new models, and develop a "portfolio" of models; how to overcome inhibitors to change by reshaping infrastructure and the thinking of others; and finally, how to transform one's world by acting quickly upon the new models, continuously experimenting and applying a process by which to assess and then strengthen one's mental models. Long ago, Henry Ford observed: "Whether you think you can or think you can`t, you're right." I agree with Ford to an extent: Self-fulfilling prophecies are almost always based on a positive or negative attitude. Nonetheless, I am wrong if I think that I can defeat Tiger Woods in match play competition. Wind and Crook would insist, however, that with the proper mental model and lots of hard work, I could eventually become a much better golfer than I would otherwise be.
They organize the material in this book as follows:
Part 1: Recognize [and Understand] the Power and Limit of Mental Models
Part 2: Keeping Your Mental Models Relevant
Part 3: Transform Your World
Part 4: Act Quickly and Effectively
Conclusion: What You Think Is What You Do
In the Appendix (The Neuroscience Behind Mental Models), one of the core concepts is that "reality is a story the brain and the world work out together." This is a variation on Lilly Tomlin's suggestion that reality is a "collective hunch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
What do I mean? Well, let's start with the idea that 'Every man is right in his own eyes' meaning that we all think (generally) that our way of seeing the world is the right one. This is a natural part of human survival, our brains have been designed to reinforce our perceptions else we would question everything we did to the extent that we could not function properly in the world. This book sets out to teach you that the way you think could be preventing you from seeing new opportunities, more scarily, it could be damaging your chances of moving forward in every area of life. Take the example (not in the book) of the person who has been 'hurt' in relationships and now she'll 'never' trust again. If she/she keeps this mental model the person will loose out in the area of love and friendship until she re-evaluates her ideas. However, the brain is set up to stop people naturally evaluating their ideas easily...
This book teaches you that you should challenge your mental models and find ways to update them. That, however, is my first complaint. It's a little low on the practicals and left me feeling that "Yes, this is marvellous stuff but how about some practical examples - step by step perhaps." Well, for that, I would read books like Frame Games by Michael Hall, a lot more technical but also far more practical. If you are an NLP practitioner you will also enjoy this book to expand your knowledge of the 'map is not the territory' thinking. However, if you're looking for a 'how-to', sorry, this looks full but delivers empty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overcome the barriers to change 12 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
“A fundamental message of this book is that what you see in any situation depends in very large part upon what you bring to the table. What you see in this book is no exception. You are involved as much as we are in the process of making sense of the ideas presented. More than what we have written here, your own experiences and mindsets will shape what you get out of this process… How do we engage in impossible thinking? The parts of the book that follow provide an overview of a process...”
In this context, Yoram (Jerry) Wind and Colin Crook with Robert Gunther write,
1. First, we need to recognize the importance of models and the way they create limits and opportunities, as discussed in Part I.
• RECOGNIZE THE POWER AND LIMITS OF MENTAL MODELS
• Understand how models shape your world
• Recognize how models limit or expand your scope of actions
2. Then we have to find ways to keep our mental models relevant, deciding when to change to a new model (while adding the old to our portfolio of models), where to find ways of seeing, how to zoom in and out to make sense of a complex environment, and how to conduct continuous experimentation, as considered in Part II.
• KEEP YOUR MENTAL MODELS RELEVANT
• Know when to shift horses
• Recognize that paradigm shifts are a two-way street
• See a new way of seeing
• Zoom in and out to make sense from complexity
• Engage in experiments
3. Even if we are willing to change our thinking, we also need to recognize the walls that keep us in the old models, the confining influence both of the infrastructure and processes of our lives and of the slowly adapting models of around us.
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