Aligned Thinking

Make Every Moment Count

James Steffen (Author) | Jim Steffen (Author) | Ken Blanchard (Foreword by)

Publication date: 01/03/2006

Bestseller over 35,000+ copies sold

Aligned Thinking

The latest volume in Berrett-Koehler's Ken Blanchard Series -- books hand-picked and introduced by Ken Blanchard

Helps readers reduce stress and increase accomplishment, satisfaction, meaning, and fun in both their personal and professional lives

Uses an entertaining story format to walk readers through a simple, straightforward process that has transformed individuals and organizations

Too much to do! I never get anything done! I have so little control over my life!

These were thoughts Ray had as he headed home later for supper, confident his wife, Carol, would be sympathetic to his problem.

One sentence into unloading his problems on her, he heard, "Too much to do? Tell me about it!" Her problems were as big as or even bigger than his.

When they went to a friend for help, they discovered more than hope, "That sounds like us several years ago. But Coach Eric's Aligned Thinking not only solved those problems, it helped us to do what most people believe impossible: align every action to what we really want.

With mild hope and huge skepticism, Ray and Carol visited Coach Eric and gave him a description of their ideal professional and personal life. Coach Eric assured them that Aligned Thinking could help them enjoy each item on their list. However, when he asked them to add to their list "make every moment count so life becomes a celebration," Ray and Carol became even more skeptical.

Join Ray and Carol as they discover the proven power of Aligned Thinking. You'll find it:

Simple - Summarized in an elegant nine-word question
Quick - It takes less than fifteen seconds to implement
Lasting - Once you understand it, you can use it daily for a lifetime

• The latest volume in Berrett-Koehler's Ken Blanchard Series -- books hand-picked and introduced by Ken Blanchard

• Helps readers reduce stress and increase accomplishment, satisfaction, meaning, and fun in both their personal and professional lives

• Uses an entertaining story format to walk readers through a simple, straightforward process that has transformed individuals and organizations

Too much to do! I never get anything done! I have so little control over my life!

These were thoughts Ray had as he headed home later for supper, confident his wife, Carol, would be sympathetic to his problem.

One sentence into unloading his problems on her, he heard, "Too much to do? Tell me about it!" Her problems were as big as or even bigger than his.

When they went to a friend for help, they discovered more than hope, "That sounds like us several years ago. But Coach Eric's Aligned Thinking not only solved those problems, it helped us to do what most people believe impossible: align every action to what we really want.

With mild hope and huge skepticism, Ray and Carol visited Coach Eric and gave him a description of their ideal professional and personal life. Coach Eric assured them that Aligned Thinking could help them enjoy each item on their list. However, when he asked them to add to their list "make every moment count so life becomes a celebration," Ray and Carol became even more skeptical.

Join Ray and Carol as they discover the proven power of Aligned Thinking. You'll find it:

    • Simple - Summarized in an elegant nine-word question
    • Quick - It takes less than fifteen seconds to implement
    • Lasting - Once you understand it, you can use it daily for a lifetime

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The latest volume in Berrett-Koehler's Ken Blanchard Series -- books hand-picked and introduced by Ken Blanchard

Helps readers reduce stress and increase accomplishment, satisfaction, meaning, and fun in both their personal and professional lives

Uses an entertaining story format to walk readers through a simple, straightforward process that has transformed individuals and organizations

Too much to do! I never get anything done! I have so little control over my life!

These were thoughts Ray had as he headed home later for supper, confident his wife, Carol, would be sympathetic to his problem.

One sentence into unloading his problems on her, he heard, "Too much to do? Tell me about it!" Her problems were as big as or even bigger than his.

When they went to a friend for help, they discovered more than hope, "That sounds like us several years ago. But Coach Eric's Aligned Thinking not only solved those problems, it helped us to do what most people believe impossible: align every action to what we really want.

With mild hope and huge skepticism, Ray and Carol visited Coach Eric and gave him a description of their ideal professional and personal life. Coach Eric assured them that Aligned Thinking could help them enjoy each item on their list. However, when he asked them to add to their list "make every moment count so life becomes a celebration," Ray and Carol became even more skeptical.

Join Ray and Carol as they discover the proven power of Aligned Thinking. You'll find it:

Simple - Summarized in an elegant nine-word question
Quick - It takes less than fifteen seconds to implement
Lasting - Once you understand it, you can use it daily for a lifetime

• The latest volume in Berrett-Koehler's Ken Blanchard Series -- books hand-picked and introduced by Ken Blanchard

• Helps readers reduce stress and increase accomplishment, satisfaction, meaning, and fun in both their personal and professional lives

• Uses an entertaining story format to walk readers through a simple, straightforward process that has transformed individuals and organizations

Too much to do! I never get anything done! I have so little control over my life!

These were thoughts Ray had as he headed home later for supper, confident his wife, Carol, would be sympathetic to his problem.

One sentence into unloading his problems on her, he heard, "Too much to do? Tell me about it!" Her problems were as big as or even bigger than his.

When they went to a friend for help, they discovered more than hope, "That sounds like us several years ago. But Coach Eric's Aligned Thinking not only solved those problems, it helped us to do what most people believe impossible: align every action to what we really want.

With mild hope and huge skepticism, Ray and Carol visited Coach Eric and gave him a description of their ideal professional and personal life. Coach Eric assured them that Aligned Thinking could help them enjoy each item on their list. However, when he asked them to add to their list "make every moment count so life becomes a celebration," Ray and Carol became even more skeptical.

Join Ray and Carol as they discover the proven power of Aligned Thinking. You'll find it:

    • Simple - Summarized in an elegant nine-word question
    • Quick - It takes less than fifteen seconds to implement
    • Lasting - Once you understand it, you can use it daily for a lifetime

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Visit Author Page - James Steffen

Jim Steffen has four degrees, including a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate in Humanistic Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, where he directed the Leadership Lab. His doctoral dissertation, "Identifying and Developing the Basic Skills of Relationship Building," was the start of his interest in partnering.

To this background he added 21 years of consulting with such large companies as AT&T, IBM, and Pitney Bowes down to the smallest of companies. He is the author of five books including How To Get 100% Participation From a Voluntary Group, Maximizing Managerial Effectiveness, and The Ultimate Competitive Edge: Creating The Very Satisfied Customer Through Partnering, a Handbook.

More information about Jim and his work can be found at www.ssainternational.com.



Visit Author Page - Jim Steffen

Jim Steffen has four degrees, including a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate in Humanistic Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, where he directed the Leadership Lab. His doctoral dissertation, "Identifying and Developing the Basic Skills of Relationship Building," was the start of his interest in partnering.

To this background he added 21 years of consulting with such large companies as AT&T, IBM, and Pitney Bowes down to the smallest of companies. He is the author of five books including How To Get 100% Participation From a Voluntary GroupMaximizing Managerial Effectiveness, and The Ultimate Competitive Edge: Creating The Very Satisfied Customer Through Partnering, a Handbook.

More information about Jim and his work can be found at www.ssainternational.com.



Foreword by Ken Blanchard

Few people have made a more positive and lasting impact on the day-to-day management of people and companies than Ken Blanchard. He is the coauthor of several best-selling books, including the blockbuster international bestseller The New One Minute Manager® and the giant business bestsellers Raving Fans and Gung Ho! His books have combined sales of more than twenty million copies in forty-two languages. 

Ken and his wife, Margie, are cofounders of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, a worldwide human resource development company. Ken is also cofounder of Lead Like Jesus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and equipping people to be servant leaders in the marketplace. 

Ken and Margie live in San Diego and work with their son, Scott, his wife, Madeleine, and their daughter, Debbie.

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Table of Contents



Foreword by Ken Blanchard

Preface

Part One: Discovering the MIN Secret

Chapter 1: The Black Tunnel
Chapter 2: An Unwelcome Surprise
Chapter 3: Aligned Thinking Offers Hope
Chapter 4: Defining Your Ideal Professional and Personal Life
Chapter 5: The Aligned Thinking Pyramid
Chapter 6: Life Aligning Question One: The Purpose Question
Chapter 7: How to Clarify Your Life Purpose
Chapter 8: Living the Answer to the Purpose Question
Chapter 9: How to Be Free in Every Action
Chapter 10: Life Aligning Question Two: The Focus Question
Chapter 11: Living the Freedom Attitude and the Focus Question
Chapter 12: Life Aligning Question Three: The Now Question
Chapter 13: Discovering the MIN Secret

Part Two: Implementing the MIN Secret In Your Life

Chapter 14: The Cost of Aligned Thinking
Chapter 15: Get Rid of Interruptions Forever
Chapter 16: Why It’s Dangerous to Teach Aligned Thinking to Kids
Chapter 17: Overcoming Stress in a Huge Crisis
Chapter 18: How to Develop More Motivated, Satisfied Employees
Chapter 19: How to Help Salespeople Sell More
Chapter 20: Are You Living Your Ideal Professional and Personal Life?
Chapter 21: A Brilliant Future
Chapter 22: A Life Better Than a Dream Come True

Note from the Author
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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Excerpt

Aligned Thinking

CHAPTER ONE

The Black Tunnel

    Too much to do! I never get everything done!

    Too many interruptions!

    Not enough time with the family!

    So little control over my life!

    Life doesn't seem to have much meaning anymore.

Il_9781605091457_0024_001 THESE WERE Ray's thoughts as the train from Lower Manhattan tunneled to New Jersey under the Hudson River. As Ray looked out the window into the blackness, an occasional light flashed by to show him how dark the tunnel truly was.

How fitting, he thought. This is like my life. I feel like I'm in a dark tunnel. My life is underwater. The infrequent flashes of light reminded him of the few lights in his life—his wife, Carol, and their two children. Unfortunately, as with the lights flashing by, he saw them for all too short a time.

What have I really accomplished today? Ray took out his organizer and reviewed the day. He'd skipped lunch and stayed late at work. He added two things he'd forgotten to put on his to-do list. This made the list longer than it had been at the beginning of the day. He felt miserable.

In frustrating times like these, his wife was his beacon of hope. When he talked over problems with Carol, she always helped him come up with solutions. What a great partner he had! He resolved that he'd discuss his dark, underwater life with her tonight.

Ray looked at his watch. Nine o'clock already. Dinner would be over and the kids would be in their rooms working on their homework. The thought angered him. He pounded the time organizer as if it were the cause.

Life is too long on work and too short on real meaning, Ray thought. The muscles in his neck felt so tight they hurt. He couldn't wait for Carol to help.

"I need things to change! he declared.

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Endorsements



"This warm and wonderful book shows you how to align every part of your life with your innermost values and your deepest convictions. It makes you a new person!"

—Brian Tracy, author of the international bestseller Eat That Frog!

"To really get what you want, the first thing you'll want to get is this remarkable book."

--Harvey Mackay, author of the #1 bestseller Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive

"A simple formula to help us experience a wonderful life. Written in a story format, the book is warm, loving, and gives us pause to internalize those 'golden nuggets.' Easy reading with a valuable message for everyone."

—Roger Henson, retired Vice President, Xerox Customer Service Operations

"Aligned Thinking, a very insightful approach to identifying how to truly make life a celebration and not drudgery."

—Dan Wiersma, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony Professional Services


"Aligned Thinking has taken me to the next level. I will give copies to all of my key clients, so that I may share this wonderful gift. The book should become a classic."

—Gary Polakoff, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

"This book will help to move you closer to your higher life purpose."

—Dick Morton, Chief, Graduate School, USDA

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