Friday, February 22, 2008

The Difference Maker

Another great book by John Maxwell. I love reading the books he's written. Most of my favorite quotes have either come from him, or been referenced by him as well. I have grown to love the leadership as service model that the preaches over and over.

The Difference Maker is about you and your attitude. Your attitude is the difference maker. There are some great tips, albeit mostly the known ones, to help you get over fears, prepare for change and change your attitude to a more positive one.

One of my favorite things in this book is a small half page checklist called the checklist for change. It's a list of things to ask yourself about a change before implementing it to help decide if it is time for change?
  • Will this benefit the followers?
  • Is this change compatible with the purpose of the organization?
  • Is this change specific and clear?
  • Are the top 20 % (the influencers) in favor of this change?
  • Is it possible to test this change before making a total commitment to it?
  • Are physical, financial, and human resources available to make this change?
  • Is this change reversible?
  • Is this change the next obvious step?
  • Does this change have both short and long-range benefits?
  • Is the leadership capable of bringin about this change?
  • Does everything else indicate the timing is right?
There are also a few quotes that I love from this book.

  • A problem is something you can do something about. If you can't do something about it, then it's not a problem. It's a predicament.
  • Problems are wake-up calls for creativity
  • Positive thinking is how you think about a problem. Enthusiasm is how you feel about a problem. The two together determine what you do about a problem. -- Norman Vincent Peale
  • If things go wrong, don't go with them. -- Roger Babson
  • Sooner or later we will get what we expect. -- The law of human behavior
  • It may not be your fault for being down, but it is your fault for not getting up. -- Steve Davis
  • Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn -- Robert Kiyosaki
  • There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make makes you
  • Success each day should be judged by the seeds sown, not the harvest reaped.
It's a great read that is only 175 pages, which made it a quick read.